Max Verstappen wins Formula 1’s first-ever sprint race by beating Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. After winning the race Max Verstappen is ahead of Lewis Hamilton in points as well. Max Verstappen now has 33 points. This is the four straight pole position for Max Verstappen.
Fernando Alonso leapt from 11th to 5th early on and ended up in the seventh spot. He was also impressive.
Following the race, Max Verstappen said, “Around here it’s difficult to pass but we had a good start and then we tried to do our own pace. You could see we were pushing each other hard, because at the end of the race the tyres were blistering a lot. We had to manage that to the end.”
“In the end I’m happy to add the three points – it sounds a bit funny to hear you scored a pole position! And it should be a really exciting battle tomorrow.”
“I gave it everything today. I have to give a lot of love to all these fans, I can’t tell you the energy that I’m getting from everyone, the support means everything. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get the win in the Sprint, but tomorrow we try again.
“I hit the target on my start, it’s just not good when you lose from P1.”
“Every point counts, but I’m grateful to have finished. Tomorrow we’ll fight again, but they’re just so strong, in the race he was pulling away. There was nothing I could do to hold onto him.”