Verstappen loses a bit of time behind Schumacher in the winding final sector of the penultimate race lap and immediately complains about it on the radio. However, it is also his German front man who enables Verstappen to use the DRS at the start / finish and thus successfully keep Hamilton off his neck in the final lap.
“The fact is, I can’t dissolve into thin air. I own the track as well and I drive my race,” said Schumacher of the World Championship leader’s criticism. “I tried to be as uncomplicated and as least annoying as possible for Max. And the fact that he got DRS through me, in my opinion, makes up for it. Everyone else would have nothing else in the situation That’s just racing, ”said Schumi Jr.
In the end, the race in Austin should have lasted longer than 56 laps for Schumacher. “I think five more laps and I would have been close enough to try a maneuver,” he explains, looking at Williams driver Nicholas Latifi in front of him. “We caught up with him quite well in the last few laps,” says the German and is pleased: “We were right in the middle of it today. I had a few close fights, especially at the start. These are all things that make me feel better prepare next year. “
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