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Max Verstappen says he and Lewis Hamilton gave each other ‘respect’.
Verstappen started from pole position but he had to pass Hamilton twice to win the Brazil Grand Prix.
“It was good,” Verstappen said of the fight. “If you can battle against the world champion it’s always more satisfying than battling someone for P10 or whatever. I think it was a good battle and we gave each other enough room. Just enough. But I think it was cool.”
Verstappen said he and Hamilton enjoyed “great racing” in Brazil.
“It was not easy, Lewis had a good pace, I think they were again strong in the race and we had to work as a team very hard to make the right calls,” Verstappen told MBC Action.
“When we went back on the soft tyres, I think that that saved us today. Of course, the move on the outside was good but you could see we were respecting each other a lot, also into Turn 4 again, so it was just great racing.”