"I did not want to let them by because they wrecked my race, Sure I was aggressive but I was correct, in fact the stewards did not penalize me"
Let's keep this short and sweet, while you could argue the first corner incident between Versappen and the whole Ferrari team was a "shit happens" racing incident, it's harder to argue it was the smartest move by the Dutch "teenage sensation". Max was clearly beaten off the line by the two red cars behind him on the grid and tried a Kamui Kobayashi style dive bomb into a space that was not really there.
Vettel was not without fault here, if anything a four time champion should know better than to just concentrate on his teammate.
But there is much less of a justification for the way Verstappen behaved later in the race when he once again displayed some rather dodgy defensive moves against Raikkonen, Vettel and Perez, all of whom eventually passed him anyway.
Is there any doubt Max is a huge talent? No, but he's got a lot to learn about being a grown up, the quote above along with his result today, show it.
By the way, he came within inches of the outside wall at Radillon on the first lap. a crash there would not only have been huge for him but it would likely have taken off most of the field behind him.
More troubling is that the penalty happy FIA seems blind to his conduct, something I'm sure has nothing to do with how packed the stands have been, how could we be that cynical...
Rosberg did his job superbly, Hamilton took advantage if his good luck with a very controlled race, truly a champion's drive. Ferrari and Red Bull could have had a nice battle today but it was not to be.
Great day for Force India, Williams were a bit disappointing but can we give "driver of the race" to ol' Fernando? I think he and Hamilton had the most fun.
The same can not be said about Magnussen though and Renault need to figure out why the head protection collar came off in the crash
RESULTS - 44 LAPS:
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||14.113s|
|4||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||35.907s|
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||40.660s|
|11||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.138s|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m27.097s|
|16||Esteban Ocon||Manor/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|17||Felipe Nasr||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|-||Kevin Magnussen||Renault||Spun off|
|-||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||Tyre|