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Verstappen positive despite missing out on victory: ‘Made a fight’ | NOW

Max Verstappen is not disappointed with his second place in the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Red Bull Racing driver just had to acknowledge his superior in Lewis Hamilton on Sunday after a thrilling end.

“It is a shame that we finish second, but I think you have to look at it from the positive side. We have made it a fight and it is good to start the year like this,” said Verstappen in a first reaction after the race.

The 23-year-old Dutchman fought his way to first place with a few laps to go, but then went too wide in the corner and had to let Hamilton pass by regulation. Verstappen then put the seven-time world champion under good pressure, but found no more room to overtake him.

During the race, Verstappen complained several times about problems with the differential. “That bothered me the whole race, so we have to take a good look at it. I am happy that we finished at least and managed to get a lot of points.”

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas finished third behind Verstappen. Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez, who started the race from the pit lane due to problems in the warm-up lap, finished fifth in Bahrain, behind McLaren driver Lando Norris.

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