Verstappen: I was in the zone, I didn't want to slow down

Verstappen: I was in the zone, I didn’t want to slow down

He further elaborated, “It’s better to be in a rhythm and feel good than to slow down and be out of your comfort zone. Slowing down would also make the tires colder, which is not ideal. I wasn’t overdriving, just in my own zone.”

Despite the close calls, Verstappen went on to win the race comfortably, finishing 28 seconds ahead of Alonso and securing his fourth victory of the season.