Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), fell just short of the podium, but drove the fastest lap and collected another World Cup point.
After a sprint race on Saturday that was difficult due to the weather, which Verstappen also won, the rain on Sunday was virtually non-existent on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Only a few drops fell during the game, which did not affect the course of the game. Immediately after the start, Pérez took over first position from Leclerc, while Verstappen moved up to fourth. The two-time world champion then kept calm for a while, before moving steadily from lap six by successively passing Hamilton and Leclerc.
In the fourteenth lap of the twelfth World Cup round, Verstappen took the lead for the first time after a pit stop by Pérez. Since the Dutchman then changed tires himself, he had to chase for a while. However, he had much more speed than his teammate and quickly restored the hierarchy. Verstappen then effortlessly increased his lead, only having to manage his tires well and avoid mistakes. He succeeded without any problem.
Verstappen’s decisive passage:
The Australian Oscar Piastri, second in the sprint race in his McLaren on Saturday, already retired in the second round in the Grand Prix on Sunday. He damaged his front wing at the start.
It is the 45th Grand Prix victory for Verstappen, the tenth this season and the eighth in a row. Renstal Red Bull increased its record series to thirteen victories in a row. The next Grand Prix is that of the Netherlands on August 27. In Zandvoort, Verstappen will have the opportunity to equal the record of the German Sebastian Vettel, nine GP victories in a row, in front of his own audience. With a lead of 125 points over his teammate Pérez in the World Cup standings, Verstappen storms unthreatened for a third world title in a row.
1. Max Verstappen (Ned) 314 ptn
2. Sergio Perez (Mex) 189
3. Fernando Alonso (Spa) 149
4. Lewis Hamilton (GBr) 148
5. Charles Leclerc (Mon) 99
6. George Russell (GBr) 99
7. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spa) 92
8. Lando Norris (GBr) 69
9. Lance Stroll (Can) 47
10. Esteban Ocon (Fra) 35
11. Oscar Piastri (Aus) 34
12. Pierre Gasly (From) 22
13. Alexander Albon (Tha) 11
14. Nico Hülkenberg (Dui) 9
15. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) 5
16. Zhou Guanyu (Chn) 4
17. Yuki Tsunoda (Jap) 3
18. Kevin Magnussen (Den) 2
19. Logan Sargeant (VSt) 0
20. Nyck de Vries (Down) 0
21. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) 0
1. Red Bull 503 ptn
2. Mercedes 247
3. Aston Martin-Mercedes 196
4. Ferrari 191
5. McLaren-Mercedes 103
6. Alpine-Renault 57
7. Williams-Mercedes 11
8. Haas-Ferrari 11
9. Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 9
10. AlphaTauri-Red Bull 3
“It went as we hoped”
The Grand Prix of Belgium in Formula 1 went largely as his team Red Bull had hoped for Max Verstappen. The Dutch world champion won for the eighth time in a row. “The special thing about this race was that I had to come from sixth place,” said the 25-year-old Dutchman.
Verstappen often rules from start to finish, but that was not possible this time. Although he was also fastest in qualifying on Friday, he had to start in sixth place after a grid penalty. “Especially at the start we had to be careful. I didn’t take any risks. I also saw some damage in front of me, I wanted to prevent that.”
After that everything went almost as planned. Verstappen consolidated in the first few laps. “After that I steadily moved up, to eventually take the leading position relatively quickly. When the opportunity to attack arose, we took it. From the first position it is a bit easier. I got into my rhythm, it went well. There was a bit of rain, but luckily nothing crazy happened.”
The next race is not until the end of August, in Zandvoort. Before the GP Belgium, Verstappen already indicated that he was looking forward to a short holiday. “But as it is now, it can also continue like this,” he said after the race in Spa. “But it’s always nice to be able to take it easy. Taking a break isn’t bad either.”
Cordeel does not collect any points at Francorchamps
Not only the Formula 1 cars are driving around Spa-Francorchamps this weekend for the Belgian GP. Formula 2 also stopped in Wallonia this weekend. Unfortunately, our compatriot Amaury Cordeel was unable to achieve a brilliant performance for his own people. The Antwerp driver failed to collect points for the championship after two races.
Cordeel finished twelfth in qualifying, but lost his only lap time because he didn’t respect the circuit’s lines. The Invicta Virtuosi driver was therefore relegated to 21st and penultimate place.
In Saturday afternoon’s sprint race, Cordeel had to retire in the second lap after a crash. Cordeel did not excel in the feature race either. The former champion of the Spanish Formula 4 championship crossed the line in sixteenth and last.
The Brazilian Enzo Fittipaldi (Rodin Carlin) won the sprint race ahead of the Dutchman Richard Verschoor (Van Amersfoort). That one was eventually disqualified for a non-compliant throttle. As a result, the Frenchman Théo Pourchaire (ART) and the Norwegian Dennis Hauger (MPM) completed the podium.
In the main race Cordeel’s Australian teammate Jack Doohan won ahead of Pourchaire, the new leader in the standings, and Fittipaldi. Frederik Vesti (Prema), leader in the standings until this weekend, went off the track.
The next round in the Formula 2 championship is scheduled for the weekend of August 27. It will take place in Zandvoort, in the margins of the Dutch Formula 1 Grand Prix.