As the red flag came out, the Dutchman may have been unsure whether he would be able to retain his lead off the subsequent restart, as he took to his radio to complain.
“Mate that’s a joke. Red flag for what? I saw the car was a bit on fire but it’s already all cleared,” he claimed.
“Various noise on the radios as you can imagine Max,” his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase responded with, as if to shrug off his comments.
The imperious Verstappen could yet win 20 races in a season, which would be a record like no other in F1 history – the next closest driver is Michael Schumacher with 15 in 2004 as his single-season best.
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