Max Verstappen said Mercedes deserved to win Sunday’s British Grand Prix and he had no regrets a couple of late pitstop that introduced him some extent for quickest lap however might have price him victory. The Red Bull driver was in third place with Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas seemingly heading for a snug one-two when he determined to go for the quickest lap bonus level on contemporary tyres.
Bottas then suffered a puncture on the penultimate lap that dropped him to 11th whereas championship chief Hamilton held on to win after his entrance left tyre went on the last lap.
Verstappen was too far behind to make up the space, closing from 31 seconds to 5 on the end.
“I know everyone is asking whether we should not have pitted for the soft tyre because we could have won but could have, would have, should have. You can always ask these questions with hindsight,” said the Dutch 22-year-old, who completed second.
“I don’t regret anything and I believe we made the right decision to pit for fastest lap at the end. We did the right thing and who knows if I would also have got a puncture.
“At the end of the day Mercedes deserved to win as they were faster than us, some people are saying Lewis was lucky but he was actually unlucky to get the puncture in the first place and so was Bottas.”
Until the punctures, Verstappen’s afternoon had been low on pleasure.
So lonely was his race behind the 2 Mercedes that he reversed roles for enjoyable and reminded his race engineer to keep in mind to keep hydrated.
“Other than that I was just counting sheep,” he said.