Max Verstappen has stated that the way in which he and his team were able to manage heavy tyre degradation was vital in allowing him to claim victory during the sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Whilst some of his rivals, including Norris, suffered with high tyre degradation having started on soft tyres in a race that is too short to consider a pit stop, Verstappen managed the race superbly, finishing with a 4.287s buffer to second place.
“It was important to try and get ahead at the start," he told the media in his post-sprint race interview.
"I think the initial launch wasn’t, let’s say amazing, but the second part of the start was very good, so we got alongside.
“Last year was very difficult for us around here, so today was much better, but still I think for everyone out there, you can’t push flat out. It’s all just about keeping the tyres under control and I think we did that well today.”
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