Verstappen and Mercedes rival Hamilton were engaged in a race-long battle for the win in F1's season-opener, which was ultimately settled in the dying moments of the race. Verstappen caught Hamilton in the final stint and overtook him with four laps to go, but completed the move off-track and was forced to hand back the position. Hamilton managed to keep Verstappen behind through the remaining laps and secured victory by 0.7 seconds. Third-placed Valtteri Bottas finished a further 37 seconds behind after completing a late pit stop. The race left the F1 paddock talking up a possible season-long scrap between Verstappen and Hamilton, with Red Bull advisor Marko believing it proved they are in a league of their own compared to the rest of the grid. "The race clearly showed that the two are in a class of their own," Marko told Motorsport.com's sister publication Formel1.de in an exclusive interview . "The thing that Hamilton has over Max is incredible consistency. "I don’t know how many races he has, how many wins. You could see how he did a great job tactically, how he made line changes and so on. It was a very difficult race for Max. "But again,… Read full this story
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