Max Verstappen reluctantly resigned from third place in the Styrian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Dutchman was in second place for a long time, but in the final phase he did not have enough speed to keep Valtteri Bottas behind him.
"I did everything I could, but we were just a little too slow today," said Verstappen in his first reaction after the race at the Red Bull Ring.
The Red Bull Racing driver started in second place and it soon became clear that he couldn't make it difficult for pole sitter Lewis Hamilton.
His Mercedes team-mate Bottas came closer in the last quarter of the GP with fresher tires and with five laps to go the Finn overtook Verstappen, after the Limburger had repulsed a first attack a lap earlier.
"I tried to make it as difficult as possible for Valtteri, although I knew that he would overtake me a round later," said Verstappen. "It was nice to have such a fight, because the rest of the race was pretty boring."
Verstappen climbs through his first podium position of the season to sixth place in the World Cup position, after he quickly dropped out in the Austrian Grand Prix last week. "It's good to be on the podium, but there is still a lot of work to be done."
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See also: View the results of GP Styria and the World Cup positions