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Max Verstappen

Verstappen 'pushed to the limit' to win for Mateschitz

Max Verstappen dedicated his victory at the Circuit of the Americas to Dietrich Mateschitz, the founder of Red Bull who passed away on the eve of the US Grand Prix.

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Max Verstappen described how he "pushed to the limit" to secure a tribute victory to Dietrich Mateschitz, who passed away on the eve of the US Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen was forced to fight back from a pit stop error to secure his thirteenth victory of the season, and secure Red Bull their first Constructors' Championship since 2013.

Having pitted from the lead of the race, a lengthy pit stop meant Verstappen fell behind Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc.

The Dutchman regained the lead of the race within the last five laps of the race, passing Hamilton down the back straight and into Turn 12.

He resisted pressure from Hamilton to maintain the lead of the race and secure victory.

Verstappen: We wanted to win for Dietrich

Speaking after the race, Verstappen commented that winning United States GP was the only tribute to Mateschitz that the team wanted.

"Yeah, it was a tough one," Verstappen told media.

"It was all looking good, but then of course the pit stop was a bit longer than we would have liked. So, I had to fight my way forward again.

"We gave it everything out there today. Of course, it's a very difficult weekend for us, so this one is definitely dedicated to Dietrich.

"What he has done for everyone, the only thing we could do today was win.

"Even though after the pit stop it was not looking great, I gave it everything out there and I pushed to the limit to come back."

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