Verstappen: We will keep pushing Mercedes hard

Max Verstappen has vowed to keep pushing Mercedes hard, after managing to beat both cars to win the Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

The Red Bull Racing driver started the race from fourth on the hard compound tyre while both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton started from the front row on the faster mediums.

But, Verstappen and Red Bull executed the perfect strategy to leapfrog both Mercedes and won their first race of the 2020 F1 season.

The win around Silverstone also moved Verstappen ahead of Bottas, up to second in the driver’s standings.

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Speaking after the winning the Grand Prix, the Dutchman said: “It’s a great day and I’m very happy with the result as we did everything really well as a Team.

“The race showed we had the right strategy after our decision to qualify on the hard tyre and I’m pleased it paid off.

Verstappen credited his victory down to being able to stay with both Mercedes whilst running on the hard tyre in the opening stint, and once Bottas and Hamilton pitted, he was in a position to be able to command the race going forward.

“I think the length and pace of our first stint was the key to being competitive as the mediums don’t last that long, so starting on the hard was definitely the right call.” he added.

“We can see the car works well on softer compounds, especially in the race, and it looks after its tyres.

“When you are able to overtake and pull away from a Mercedes it is really satisfying.

“Of course, I hope this will happen a lot more throughout the season and we’ll keep pushing them hard even though they have been the dominant team up until now.

“We’ll keep pushing, we have a really good Team spirit and I love that we never give up and do take risks.

“We will enjoy today because everyone deserves it after all the hard work, before focusing our attention on next week’s race in Barcelona.”