Max Verstappen stormed to yet another victory in Formula 1 as he won the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.
The Dutchman started the afternoon in 14th but once again demonstrated his class to take a commanding lead in the 18th lap, and from there he didn’t look back. It was yet another great afternoon for Red Bull as they secured a one-two with Verstappen and Sergio Perez. Ferrari, desperately needing an improvement of the events that transpired before the summer break, secured third through Carlos Sainz, who was able to hold off Mercedes’ George Russell.
Verstappen’s victory at Spa-Francorchamps was his ninth of the 14 races this season as he tightened his grip on the championship lead. He headed into the summer break full of confidence after triumphing in the Hungarian Grand Prix after starting the race in 10th and once again he has shown his and Red Bull’s superiority on the track this year.
He benefited from a smart choice made at the start of the race. He opted for the unfavoured soft tyre as the sun glistened for the first time during the action of the weekend. This saw Verstappen make rapid progress - he was eighth by the end of lap one.
There was a safety car on lap one after two separate incidents - Lewis Hamilton was ordered to park his Mercedes on track after it was damaged by him colliding with Fernando Alonso's Alpine trying to pass around the outside of Les Combes on lap one, for which Hamilton accepted the blame.