"I hate to keep beating a dead horse on this one, but like last week, it’s not even Verstappen’s race specifically I want to talk about," former IndyCar racer Hinchcliffe wrote in his F1 column. "It’s a particular moment in the race that deserves a mention here.
"Of course, a win for the two-time reigning champ seemed an inevitability, but he was hardly out for a Sunday cruise.
"Nearing the end of the Grand Prix, Verstappen got on the radio and inquired about fastest lap. At the time, Perez held it having pitted late in the race for softs and having the benefit of DRS on the lap he did it.
"It was some seven-tenths ahead of Verstappen’s best. It was implied over the radio that there was no need to push for it given the stage of the race and the fact that one more track limit violation would result in a penalty.
"Ignoring the fact that a track limits penalty would’ve had no effect on the result given his lead over Hamilton, he proceeded to fire off a lap three-tenths quicker than the fastest lap of Perez. On older tires. Without DRS.
"Verstappen’s ability to summon a seemingly endless supply of lap time when required (or, in this case, desired may be a more fitting term) is truly astonishing. It hasn’t been hard to predict the winner lately, but I think it’s important to acknowledge that we’re witnessing racing greatness at its prime."
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