‘I always feel unbeatable’ - Verstappen’s bullish warning to Perez

Max Verstappen says he feels “unbeatable” after pulling off a stunning recovery drive to claim victory at the F1 Miami Grand Prix. 
1st place Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 5, Miami Grand Prix, Miami, Florida, USA,
1st place Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing. Formula 1 World…

After a rare error in qualifying left Verstappen ninth on the grid, the two-time world champion made light work of carving his way through the field.

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Verstappen hunted down Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who started from pole position, and passed the Mexican with nine laps to go to take his third win of the season. 

The result saw Verstappen extend his championship lead to 14 points over Perez. 

Asked if he feels unbeatable, the Dutchman told Sky: “I always feel unbeatable. 

“But sometimes other people also have a really good day and they can be close to you, or match you and be ahead. 

“But I think what is important is to try to be close to 100 percent or perfect every single time. Yesterday wasn’t perfect, so overall this weekend wasn’t perfect.

“It’s a long season and I always try to be as close as possible to perfect.”

(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB19 and Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB19 battle for the lead of the
(L to R): Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB19 and Max Verstappen (NLD)…

Verstappen impressively made an off-set tyre strategy work as he ran a long first stint on hard tyres and made his pitstop 25 laps after Perez. 

Such was Verstappen’s relentless pace, he rejoined just over a second behind Perez after coming in for fresh medium rubber. 

After sweeping past Perez at the first corner, Verstappen was able to pull a five-second gap to his teammate by the chequered flag to underline his superiority. 

“It was better than expected I guess,” he explained. 

“It was really just about trying to understand how the tyres would last in the middle of the stint, I was not sure, that’s probably why I was a bit slower than I could have been. 

“But that also made me a bit faster at the end, that’s where I could extend my gap again and that’s what made my race, because when we made the pit stop I was only 1-1.5 seconds behind and with the fresher compound, of course you can pass.”

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