Max Verstappen sounded reasonably satisfied after his second place in the Grand Prix of Portugal. “It’s good damage control. I did everything I could,” said the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 driver.
Verstappen started from third place, but managed to push Valtteri Bottas from second place in the race. Winner Lewis Hamilton ultimately remained out of reach. “It was a fun race for me, although we didn’t really get the car in balance this weekend.”
The Limburger was especially dissatisfied with the grip of the car this weekend. A second place behind a once again very strong Hamilton therefore felt like a maximum result for him. “We have to do better and we can do better, but it was a decent race.”
In the World Cup position, Verstappen sees the gap with beater Hamilton increase to 8 points. Verstappen does feel that the gap with the seven-time world champion is getting smaller. “Our season start is fine and I hope it stays that way.”
Damn track limits
Still, it was close to Verstappen had the gap with Hamilton at 7 points, as his fastest race lap (good for an extra World Cup point) was scrapped due to track limits (if the car leaves the track with all tires).
He came out of the track at turn fourteen of the circuit with his RB16B, invalidating the race lap.