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Horner lauds Verstappen's Brazil drive

Press Association logoPress Association 13/11/2016 Philip Duncan

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has described Max Verstappen's performance in the Brazilian Grand Prix as one of the best drives he's seen in Formula One.

Verstappen overtook half the field in the last 15 laps of the rain-soaked race to claim the final spot on the podium behind race winner Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The 19-year-old Dutchman, who had been running second only to Hamilton following a brilliant move around the outside of championship leader Rosberg, dropped way down the order after his team opted to pit him for the intermediate tyre, only to call him in again for the extreme wet option.

But the teenager overtook 13 cars - including that of his teammate Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel, the four-time world champion whom he left trailing on the grass - to claw his way on to the podium in one of the most impressive displays in recent grand prix memory.

"His recovery was amazing, and that was one of the best drives I've seen in Formula One," Horner said.

"We gave him a huge amount to do and the way he drove those last 15 laps was unbelievable.

"Max was in a league of his own today, and what we witnessed was something very, very special."

Verstappen was on course to finish second, and possibly challenge Hamilton for the win, but Red Bull's gamble to put him on the intermediate tyre backfired.

"Win? Maybe not, but I think second was definitely possible," Verstappen said.

"I think we were in quite a safe position in second but sometimes you have to gamble to try and win the race.

"That is what we tried today but it didn't work out. We are still on the podium with some great overtakes so I am quite a happy person."

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