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Verstappen on crucial victory: Everything was under control

The Red Bull driver took the lead of the championship after winning the Monaco Grand Prix. Verstappen led most of the 78-lap race at the principality.

Max Verstappen feels that he had everything under control on his way to his second win of the 2021 Formula 1 season. Verstappen did not come under any pressure and believes the key to his victory was controlling the tyres around the streets of Monte Carlo. "It's so special around here to win and also for me the first time on the podium here so an amazing race," Verstappen said post-race. "It's a lot of laps around here and you really have to keep your focus. "You never know what's going to happen, but it was all about just looking after your tyres and finding a good pitstop gap of course, The others pitted earlier so that made it a bit easier for me. It was pretty much in control. "Of course you always want to win this Grand Prix. I remember when I was very little I was watching this Grand Prix so when you're standing here, I'm very proud. "Mostly I'm thinking ahead, it's still a very long season and of course this is again a great way to continue." Verstappen has a four-point lead in the drivers' championship after title rival Lewis Hamilton finished down in seventh in Monaco.

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