“I think the whole race I had to push flat out to try and make a gap initially,” the 26-year-old commented. “I think on the medium tyres we were quite strong, on the hard tyres it was just a bit more difficult to manage, especially in the last 10, 15 laps.

“I had no grip anymore, I was really sliding a lot. I saw Lando closing in, so the last 10 laps I was just flat out. It’s very difficult when the tyres are not working anymore and you have to go flat out.

RACE START: Watch the getaway from Imola as Verstappen fends off the McLarens and Ferraris

“I couldn’t afford to make too many mistakes. Luckily we didn’t, and super happy of course to win here today.”

Verstappen had faced some difficulties with his RB20 at the start of the weekend in Imola, having struggled to find the right balance during Friday’s practice sessions before recovering to take pole position as well as the race win.


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