Red Bull Racing finished on the podium in third in treacherous conditions at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen drove an superb race, despite making three additional trips to the pits. At the final corner he survived a half spin, that nearly resulted him in meeting the barrier. After pitting to switch back to the full wet tyre he rejoined in twelfth, he made great moves around the inside and outside of his rivals to climb back up.
He was able to recover his positions and finished in third, meanwhile team-mate Daniel Ricciardo finished in eighth. For Ricciardo, he wasn’t able to match the performance of Verstappen, with having difficultly with visibility. He also endured a five-second time penalty, after pitting when the pit lane was closed just after Marcus Ericsson brought out the safety car.
With this finish by Red Bull, they have secured second in the Constructors’ Championship, where they have finished behind Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team.
Team principal Christian Horner, feels it was something special to witness Verstappen climb up the grid and achieve a remarkable podium.
“An extraordinary motor racing day in testing conditions for the drivers and of course the officials,” said Horner.
“At the restart Max made an unbelievable pass on Rosberg round the outside of turn 3 which set up his afternoon of audacious driving and passing moves. When Daniel fitted the tyre he started setting purple sectors and we therefore took the gamble to put Max on to the Inter.
“The last 15 laps were something special to witness as Max made his way back through the field to achieve a quite remarkable podium. With Daniel finishing in eighth place that secures our second place in the Constructors’ Championship which is a quite a feat.”