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Sergio Perez praised Max Verstappen for tense talks after the race when it emerged the Dutchman had stolen the fastest lap right at the death,

Perez was on course to lead the championship before Verstappen took away the fastest lap point on the final lap.

However Perez appeared annoyed at Verstappen after it emerged the 25-year-old may have dodged a team request,

In the cool-down room, the Mexican said: “Weren’t you told to keep the pace?”

But, Verstappen defended his decision, adding: “1.33.0, yes. In the end, I asked what the fastest lap was and it was not much faster than we had already driven.”