Reigning Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen achieved another victory in the championship by celebrating at the Belgian Grand Prix, although he started from the 14th position. The start of the race was marked by an incident in the first lap as Lewis Hamilton caused contact with Fernando Alonso, after which the Briton had to retire.
Alonso, who was very angry, called him an idiot. Verstappen made great progress at the beginning of the race. He went around and overtook his rivals and already in the eighth lap he was in the Top 3. Carlos Sainz, who had the pole position, still kept the first place.
In the middle of the race, Verstappen created real dominance and had a 5.5-second lead over Sainz. The Ferrari driver ran into trouble and dropped to fourth, while Charles Leclerc dropped to seventh. Thus Ferrari's problems continued in Belgium.
A phenomenal day for Red Bull was completed by Sergio Perez in second place, while Sainz still managed to secure a podium position in the end after outwitting George Russell to finish third. It was Verstappen's ninth win of the season, and 29th overall in his career, as he dominantly continued his title defense.
The race in Belgium marked the end of the summer break and was the 15th race of the championship this season.
“Max was flying, he was on another planet today,” said Perez.
On whether it was the most dominant display of his Formula 1 career, Verstappen replied: “I think if you look at the whole weekend, yes, the car has been incredible from FP1—I don’t think we expected it to be like this.
We knew we had our difficulties, starting P14, but we stayed out of trouble in lap one, which wasn’t easy as it was very hectic. “I think our car is very efficient and I think this track suits it perfectly. Some tracks coming up might be a bit more difficult, but this track seemed to be perfect for the car”.
It is interesting that for the second time in a row Verstappen managed to make a big turn. He started the last race in Hungary in the 10th position and won first place, and today he came from an even more difficult starting number to triumph.
In addition to the top three, points were also taken by George Russell, Charles Leclerc, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon, Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly, and Alexander Albon.