Max Verstappen has explained how he overcame problems with his DRS (Drag Reduction System) on his way to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix.
The Dutchman did not have a straightforward start to the race, having slid into the gravel at Turn 4 in the early stages of the afternoon.
As the event progressed, Verstappen then faced issues with the DRS, which did not seem to open properly at intermittent points. This made his battle with George Russell more challenging.
Reflecting on this after the race, Verstappen admitted that it had been difficult to manage.
"I went off," he told Sky Sports F1 when reflecting on his troubles earlier on in the Grand Prix.
"I certainly had a lot of tailwind, so I just lost the rear and went off. Then of course I was in the train and I tried to pass, but my DRS was not always working.
"That made it very tough, but we managed to [use our] strategy to get ahead again and do our own race, and eventually win the race.
"[It was] a difficult beginning, but a good end."
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Verstappen tried to "stay focused" during DRS issues
When asked how he managed to overcome his car issues, Verstappen explained: "I tried to stay focused.
"Of course it's not nice when stuff like that happens."
However, it ended well for Verstappen and teammate Sergio Perez, who claimed a 1-2 result for Red Bull, and the race winner has paid tribute to the role that Perez played.
"At the end, of course, [I'm] very happy to win, and I'm also very happy for Checo," he added.
"It was a great result for the team."
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