Vettel´s world championship hopes suffered a huge blow when he lost power leaving his Ferrari without a completed lap in first qualifying.
Today's second place brought to an end Hamilton's run of three consecutive wins - the most of any driver this season - and although winning races is still his priority, he did concede that every point counts towards the title.
"It was difficult. He was just 19 years old, but I think it was character building in a hard way".
"From there I could do my own race. I think the end of the second stint was looking a little bit better but underlying the auto was still having some big problems in some corners, I think Max was just managing the pace.so I don't think we had the pace". "The auto felt good".
Max Verstappen took the race win having passed pole-sitter Hamilton at the start of lap four and then pulling away from the Brit easily.
"After a weekend where we have lacked a significant chunk of performance, we couldn't have imagined such a good outcome, but we can't let that distract us from the job we have in front of us", said Wolff.
Verstappen's second F1 win means Hamilton extends his championship lead over Vettel from 28 to 34 points with five races remaining. He maintained this position through to the end of the race, whilst fellow title-challenger Sebastian Vettel fought from last place to fourth.
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"Saw Lewis was struggling a bit... of course he has more to lose in the championship, so I went for it at turn one".
"There are some really big problems which I can't really explain to you".
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"I always said when Max's luck would change, it would change in a dramatic way".
Max Verstappen dominated the race after relieving pole sitter Lewis Hamilton of the lead early on.
"This auto has been on several occasions the quickest vehicle out there, Monza and Silverstone come to mind where we blew everyone away".
After a short battle, the Aussie started to pull away once again, with Ferrari telling Vettel to back down.
"You can see we were running slightly less downforce than the others, we don't have the T-wing here for example, and we have found a very good set-up".