“Of course, I realised when I was taking the curve before the start of the third sector that I had been faster than I had driven previously,” Verstappen told Marca. “But I knew it wouldn’t be enough. I also had that feeling.
“So, I thought: ‘I’m going to go completely to the limit and see how it ends’. I could have made pole or I could have crashed into the wall. And, yes, I touched some walls, I ‘kissed’ them a little. But, of course, it was a beautiful area.
“I noticed when I parked the car and took off my helmet, I was still shaking a little. There you know that your heart rate is at its maximum and that pushes you to get the best you have.”
Not only did Verstappen emerge victorious from the qualifying dogfight, but he also showcased his dominance by outpacing Alonso in the race, finishing a commanding 28 seconds ahead after completing the challenging 78 laps.
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