Max Verstappen defended George Russell after their collision at the Las Vegas Grand Prix. Verstappen made a surprise move on Lap 25 at Turn 12, causing minor damage to both cars. Despite the incident, Verstappen won the race (his 18th of the year) while Russell finished fourth.
The Dutchman is aware that Russell had no ill intentions. Max thinks that George did not expect certain things. "That's always a tricky one. I mean, he didn't do that on purpose," Verstappen said, as quoted by RacingNews365. "I think he just didn't expect me to pass him into that corner.
Because that's how it felt like, I put it on the inside and he just turned in like there was no one there. So I guess he just didn't see me."
Max Verstappen on the race
Many consider that this race was one of the more interesting.
There were exciting moments, and it was difficult to predict who could actually reach the throne. However, Max Verstappen, as always, showed his strength, and in the end he won. It's incredible how much style and passion Verstappen races with.
In an interview with the media, the Dutchman revealed what made this race so special. There is much that Max had to point out. "I think low degradation on the Hard tyres, a lot of slipstreaming with the long straights and probably a bit of a headwind on the straight as well," he said.
"In the low-speed corners, when you are following, you don't really lose that much time because they are that slow, and then there's a lot of draught around the track. After Turn 4 to Turn 5, from Turn 9 to Turn 12 and of course all the way from Turn 12 to Turn 14 and then again from Turn 16 to Turn 1, it is a draft-fest, so that made the racing much better."