The man from Guadalajara, who came third, took first place thanks to his team’s strategy and had to endure in the last minutes the push of Carlos Sainz, from Ferrari, with degraded tires.
“I am left with having done it and how we have done it. We got a little complicated at the end but with the graining What I had was about not making mistakes and keeping Carlos at bay, which is not easy,” he declared.
The Mexican he confessed to being very excited and acknowledged that it has been an incredible day for him and for his country.
For his part, his Dutch teammate Max Verstappen valued his third place on the podiumwhich allows him to increase his income compared to Ferrari’s Monegasque Charles Leclerc, fourth in the Principality, in the World Cup standings.
“I did my best after qualifying on Saturday (I started fourth). We did a great job as a team with the strategy. We were able to get ahead of the Ferraris, and we can be very happy with Sunday as a team”, he indicated after crossing the finish line.
The world champion considered that the seventh round of the championship “was a bit crazy because of the rain” but his team executed it well. “We have extended my lead in the championship, something I didn’t expect after Saturday,” he admitted.
In addition, he was “very happy for ‘Checo’, which has done very well”.