Verstappen elated at second career podium

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016
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Max Verstappen expressed his delight as he finished on the podium for the second time in his Formula 1 career.

Verstappen started from eighth place but gained at the start before inheriting the lead through virtue of stopping only once.

Verstappen was demoted to third by both Mercedes drivers but moved back up to second when Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided on the last lap, with the German touring to the finish.

"For sure that was a good race today, the car was performing well, as were the tyres," he said.

"I managed to overtake some cars at the start and had some good battles so that was really good fun. From there on I did my own race, Kimi [Raikkonen] was catching fast but I managed to hold him off until the end.

"I expected P3 but got the P2, I was surprised but very happy to pick up another position in the last lap. The safety car definitely helped us today and allowed us to make the most of the pit stops.

"Towards the end we had to deal with the pressure but that just means you can’t make any mistakes, and we didn’t today.  I hit some traffic which cooled the tyres and made it a bit tricky but we finished with no problems.

"We are working hard for this season and picking up podiums so it’s definitely positive looking at 2017, and looking at Silverstone next week it should be good, the car usually performs better there than here so that is another positive after a good day today."

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