A year ago, Max Verstappen was shoving Esteban Ocon in a heated post-race exchange after the Frenchman cost him a race win – this year, Red Bull’s young gun earned his redemption.
Max Verstappen stormed to a commanding victory on Sunday in Interlagos, safely negotiating two safety-car periods with all the right strategic calls.
“That was redemption for Max,” Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner said post-race in Brazil – an obvious allusion to last year’s calamity when Esteban Ocon spun Verstappen out of the race lead.
The spin allowed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to regain control of the race – and he didn’t give that up for the remaining 28 laps.
“It’s a great victory, after last year of course,” Verstappen said after winning on Sunday.
The Dutchman expressed gratitude toward his team, who he said ‘made all the right calls’. He also stated his belief that Honda’s power unit had taken a step forward.
“It’s an incredible feeling right now and to win today was a huge team effort,” he added.