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Max Verstappen

Verstappen questions Australian GP red flags: 'It was a mess'

Max Verstappen has questioned whether or not the red flags were required in the final few laps, after surviving two race restarts in Melbourne.

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After facing the prospect of losing his victory in the final laps of the race, Max Verstappen has questioned the decision to wave the red flags for the final incident of the race.

The red flags were deployed for Kevin Magnussen's late-race crash, with the Haas driver collecting the wall on the outside of Turn 2 and spreading debris.

It was the second race restart of the race - following an earlier red flag for Alex Albon - but Verstappen believes that the final race restart was not necessary.

"With these these red flags, the first one maybe you can do it, but I think that second one I don't really understand, so was a bit of a mess," Verstappen told media after the race.

"But we survived everything. We had good base in the car again today, and we won which of course is the most important."

Verstappen questions Hamilton overtake

Verstappen had survived earlier pressure from the two Mercedes drivers, who assertively made their way past the Dutchman to lead the race.

Hamilton had passed on the inside of Turn 3 and ran Verstappen wide at the corner, with Verstappen questioning the tactic after the race.

"From my side I just tried to avoid a contact," Verstappen added.

"It's quite clear in the rules what you're allowed to do now on the outside, but clearly that's not followed, but that's okay, we had good pace and we passed them anyway.

"But it's something for the next races to take into account."

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