Verstappen revels in podium, Rosberg battle

By on Sunday, July 10, 2016
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Max Verstappen revelled in the third podium finish of his Formula 1 career as he enjoyed a "great battle" with Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg at the British Grand Prix.

Verstappen started from third spot but challenged Rosberg in tricky conditions and passed his rival around the outside of Chapel to move into second.

Verstappen initially maintained his position once the circuit dried but was eventually overhauled by Rosberg and ultimately placed third.

"I felt like I had great pace today so once the track dried up I just tried to have a go," he explained.

"In the beginning I had a lot of spray so it was hard to see where I was going, especially in the first sector.

"Once I passed Nico I felt like I was closing on Lewis but then he pitted for slicks.

"We maybe stayed out one lap too long but in the end the race was great and the car was working really well.

"I had a great battle again with Nico afterwards but as it dried the Mercedes just had too much speed on the straights.

"I tried to keep up and there was no pressure from behind so I just concentrated on doing my own race.

"The move on the outside at Becketts was fun, he was finding the inside so I thought let’s try the outside. It was a risky move for sure.

"The car had the grip and I had the feeling so it worked well. There’s a bit of run off there anyway so I had room if it went wrong.

"In the end we only finished roughly eight seconds behind so I think that is really positive going forwards and shows we are closing the gap."

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