Max Verstappen believes the 2021 Formula 1 drivers' championship will be decided 'by the details' after scoring his first United States Grand Prix victory.
Arriving at the Circuit of the Americas, Mercedes and Hamilton were tipped for success with the seven-time champion previously victorious five times at the venue.
First practice backed up this picture with Mercedes holding a nine-tenth advantage to Red Bull but across the weekend the margin shrunk with Verstappen taking pole on Saturday.
Despite Hamilton fighting his way past into turn one, an aggressive strategy allowed Verstappen to retake the initiative and stretch his lead to 12 points in the drivers' standings.
Asked how much confidence the win gave him with five races to go, Verstappen replied: "This doesn’t really change a lot because it’s all about the details - I always say it - so a win doesn’t give me more confidence or whatever.
"We are all confident within the team that we can do a really good job – but we need to nail the details and we have to start over again in Mexico, to try to get the best out of our whole package."
On the details Red Bull aced across the weekend, Verstappen explained: "First of all, I think the turnaround from Friday to Saturday with the car, I think we found a better set-up.
"But then again also to the race. We, of course, start on pole, we lose the [lead] and we went aggressive on strategy and it paid out.
"But it can also very easily swing, if you go too early or if you’re not reacting in time so it’s really tough out there when it’s so close between two teams."
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.