Max Verstappen feels that he did nothing wrong as he went wheel-to-wheel with title rival Lewis Hamilton during Sunday's Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
Verstappen and Hamilton battled into Turn 4 on Lap 48 of 71, with Verstappen pushing Hamilton wide before both drivers went across the escape area.
Verstappen managed to hold the lead for another 11 laps, until Hamilton eventually found a way past and took the win, cutting Verstappen's advantage in the championship standings from 21 points to 14.
With Hamilton suggesting that he knew the stewards would not penalise Verstappen, whether "it was right or wrong", the Dutchman gave his own account of the incident after the race.
"We both braked really late into the corner, of course trying to get the position, so I think that was fair enough!" Verstappen said bluntly, in an interview with Sky Sports.
Verstappen had no answer for Hamilton
Verstappen admitted that Mercedes were simply too quick for Red Bull to hold back, with the W12 displaying impressive straight-line speed during Hamilton's recovery from 10th on the grid following an engine penalty.
"I mean, of course, I tried everything I could, but clearly, we're just lacking a little bit of pace, a little bit too much," said Verstappen.
"Especially on a track like this, where the tyre wear is very high, you have to use the tyres a bit more to keep them behind, and in the end it didn't work out.
"But I'm not too disappointed, because I think this is quite a realistic result, but at least we had a bit of fun you know, battling out there."
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