Verstappen and Mercedes rival Hamilton had been engaged in a race-long battle for the win in F1’s season-opener, which was in the end settled within the dying moments of the race.
Verstappen caught Hamilton within the closing stint and overtook him with 4 laps to go, however accomplished the transfer off-track and was pressured handy again the place.
Hamilton managed to maintain Verstappen behind by way of the remaining laps and secured victory by 0.7 seconds. Third-placed Valtteri Bottas completed an extra 37 seconds behind after finishing a late pit cease.
The race left the F1 paddock speaking up a doable season-long scrap between Verstappen and Hamilton, with Purple Bull advisor Marko believing it proved they’re in a league of their very own in comparison with the remainder of the grid.
“The race clearly confirmed that the 2 are in a category of their very own,” Marko advised Motorsport.com’s sister publication Formul1.de in an exclusive interview. “The factor that Hamilton has over Max is unimaginable consistency.
“I do not know what number of races he has, what number of wins. You can see how he did an ideal job tactically, how he made line modifications and so forth. It was a really troublesome race for Max.
“However once more, they’re roughly on a par with one another. Max may even be capable of draw on a wealth of expertise like Hamilton’s sooner or later.”
Verstappen was left upset after the race, asking his Purple Bull crew over the radio upon crossing the road why it didn’t let him hold the place and settle for a time penalty.
Verstappen felt assured he may have constructed a five-second hole over Hamilton along with his brisker tyres to negate the penalty, however Marko believes the stewards would have adjusted the penalty accordingly.
“He caught up so drastically and Hamilton’s tyres had been at their finish,” Marko stated. “The one factor is that the 5 seconds would not have assured a win. We had been satisfied that the penalty would have been such that Hamilton would have received.
“If he was 5.8 seconds forward, we might have gotten 10 seconds. From that standpoint, staying forward wouldn’t have helped.”