Published On: Sun, Nov 17th, 2019

Max Verstappen identifies how luck helped him beat Lewis Hamilton in Brazilian Grand Prix | F1 | Sport

Max Verstappen attributed part of his victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix to a lucky guess.

Verstappen won an exciting race with a superb performance ahead of Pierre Gasly, who just held off Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver collided with Alexander Albon as they were both gunning for second place and ultimately came third behind Gasly.

Beating the British superstar played a critical part behind Verstappen’s victory, which relied heavily on a wild guess.

Discussing his overtake on Hamilton after a safety car period, the Dutchman said after the race: “I was behind so I was pushing flat out on my out lap I was close into the DRS and we knew we had great top speed the whole weekend already – but that was a guess – and I’m very happy to have got past.

“Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing and all the time.

“He pitted early so we had to be on top of our pitstops we had a good move on him.

“I could control the race with the tyres I had it was unbelievable it was a lot of fun out there and great to win the race.”

Hamilton was placed under investigation after his collision with Albon and dealt a five-second penalty, which dropped him down the pack to seventh.

The 34-year-old apologised to the Red Bull driver and assumed full responsibility of the incident.

Carlos Sainz, who started at the back of the grid with McLaren, took Hamilton’s third place.

Hamilton said: “I massively apologise to Albon. Completely my fault.

“The gap was there but it closed at the end. It was definitely my fault.

“I raced my heart out and left nothing on the table. I took a lot of risks today.”

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