Max Verstappen’s stunning charge from 14th to third on a sodden Interlagos circuit on Sunday deserves to be ranked alongside the best wet-weather drives in F1 history, according to Red Bull team principal Christian Horner.
“We witnessed something very special,” he said of his driver. “The way he drove was outstanding. It stands out to me like Ayrton Senna in Monaco and other great drives in history.”
Verstappen dropped to 16th after a pit stop with 16 laps to go but fought back to finish on the podium in treacherous wet conditions. Yet his drive was about more than this late climb through the field.
In the most dramatic moment of the race, he rescued a huge spin on the pit straight, preventing the car from hitting the wall and managing to hold on to second. He said it was “50-50” between skill and luck.
“Well held, Max,” came the message from Red Bull after his stunning save at 190mph on the start-finish straight. “Heartbeat went a bit higher there,” came the cool reply.