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Max Verstappen

Verstappen: I'd prefer to have gotten a penalty

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has admitted he'd have preferred to have finished first on track and taken his chances with the stewards, than finish a helpless second place.

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Max Verstappen believes he should have held onto first position and waited for a punishment, rather than yielding the lead, after exceeding track limits while passing Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen lined up and passed the Mercedes on Lap 53, swooping around the outside of Hamilton after using the DRS to get alongside. However, he ran slightly wide at the exit of Turn 4 and exceeded track limits.

As a result, Verstappen was instructed to yield the position back to Hamilton. Doing so, Verstappen was unable to get back in front of the Merc before the chequered flag.

"I'd prefer to have finished first and then gotten a penalty, than finish second," Verstappen explained to Ziggo Sport.

"That's how I think about it, of course, not everyone has to agree".

It wasn't a particularly smooth race for Verstappen, who explained the differential problem that he spent his race complaining about.

"Something very strange was going on. Every time I went on the throttle, one wheel slipped more", Verstappen explained.

"It was a bit better after I had adjusted it, but of course that's not what you want. We still have to analyse that."

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