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Verstappen hopeful of wet Brazilian GP after 2016 star display

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Fresh from taking his second victory of the Formula 1 season in Mexico last weekend, Max Verstappen is already focused on adding to his haul at next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, bringing back memories of his stunning display in last year’s Interlagos race.

Verstappen produced a wet-weather display for the ages at Interlagos in 2016, finishing third after fighting his way through the order twice, as well as performing a stunning save to keep his car out of the wall in torrential rain.

Looking ahead to next weekend’s race in Brazil, Verstappen is already crossing his fingers for rain, even if Red Bull’s recent dry pace has appeared to be the class of the field.

“We are looking for another strong performance at Interlagos following a really fun race in the wet last year,” Verstappen said.

“I really enjoyed 2016, there were some great battles and overtakes which resulted in a hard-earned podium.

“I also had a big moment near pit lane entry, which was a close call, I managed to save it and carry on to achieve a good result.

“As you would expect, I’m hoping for another damp race weekend as I don’t think we can be as competitive there in the dry, especially with the elevation changes on the straight, it is not our strongest point.”

Verstappen sits sixth in the F1 drivers’ standings with two races to go, 30 points behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in fifth place, and has scored more points in the last four rounds than any other driver.

Dakar Rally Stage 10 video highlights: Cars, Bikes, Trucks, Quads

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After Monday’s Stage 9 was washed out due to weather and impassable course conditions, the 40th Dakar Rally resumed with Stage 10 on Tuesday.

Several top competitors struggled during the course of the stage, with some even being eliminated due to crashes or injuries.

Here’s some of the best video action of the stage, as seen on NBCSN:

BIKES: Matthias Walkner wins Stage 10 of after a major shakeup.

CARS: Carlos Sainz plays it safe in Stage 10

Stephane Peterhansel took the overall stage win while Cars leader Carlos Sainz played it safe and came in third.

TRUCKS: The Netherlands’ Ton van Genugten wins the stage, but Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, who finished fourth Tuesday, continues to hold the overall lead.

 

QUADS: Nicolas Cavigliasso bests Gonzalez Ferioli in Stage 10, but Ignacio Casale continues to make a push for his second Dakar crown.

Stage 11 is Wednesday and runs from Belen, Argentina to Fiambala, Argentina.