Horner hails 'truly dominant' Verstappen drive

Horner hails 'truly dominant' Verstappen drive

2 October 2017 – Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner heaped praise on a "truly dominant" Max Verstappen, in the wake of the youngster's triumph at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Verstappen had taken only one podium in a campaign blighted by incidents and reliability issues, but qualified third at Sepang and snatched the lead from Lewis Hamilton on lap four.

From there, Verstappen controlled the remainder of the race to take the second victory of his career, and Red Bull's second of the campaign, after Daniel Ricciardo's win in Azerbaijan.

"It was a great performance by the whole team and it's fantastic to see Max get a well-deserved victory, after enduring so much bad luck throughout the season," said Horner.

"I said when Max's luck would change it would change in a dramatic way and it's difficult to believe the last time he was on the podium was at the beginning of April in China.

"He drove a truly dominant race, making a sensational pass on Lewis and then really controlling the race from there.

"Daniel, after starting on the wet side of the grid, initially dropped a place to Valtteri [Bottas] but worked hard to get the pass done, which is incredibly hard at this circuit.

"He then managed to save enough in hand to fend off a fast-recovering Sebastian [Vettel] at the end of the race.

"It's tremendous for us to sign off the last Grand Prix in Malaysia with a double podium and a victory, the fifth that we've achieved at the circuit."

Red Bull holds third in the Constructors' Championship, 115 points behind Ferrari.

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