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Belgian GP: Max Verstappen targets more success after Red Bull dominate at Spa

Max Verstappen won the Belgian Grand Prix to extend the world championship lead to 93 points. Sergio Perez finished second in the Red Bull Championship 1-2 to take a big lead in the constructors’ championship over Ferrari

Last update: 08/28/22 7:31 PM


Red Bull's Max Verstappen talks about his winning performance at the Belgian Grand Prix

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen talks about his winning performance at the Belgian Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen talks about his winning performance at the Belgian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen insisted he and Red Bull “want more” of success and won’t lose focus after a dominant showing at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen beat out a netted penalty to take new engine parts that made him start from 14th to lead 1-2 from teammate Sergio Perez, extending his drivers’ lead to 93 points and Red Bull outpacing Ferrari to 97.

The victory was more dangerous for Red Bull’s rivals than the fact that it came in the first three races in a row, with races in the Netherlands and Italy over the course of the next weekend.

Verstappen, who won his first title last season, said he was persistent and said it was difficult to judge whether he was in the best form of his career.

“It’s always hard to say, but I’m enjoying the moment,” Verstappen said.

“I also think everyone on the team, we’re having a good time, but we’re also very focused on what we want to achieve. Right now we’re making it happen, but we always want more.”

Verstappen wins the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa

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Verstappen wins the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa

Verstappen wins the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa

Verstappen is Red Bull’s biggest weapon.

While Verstappen has been modest in his assessment of his own driving, the consensus in the paddock is that the 24-year-old is producing a special drive.

Verstappen, who has now won nine of 14 races this season, was in a league of his own all weekend at Spa, comfortably setting the fastest qualifying time despite opting not to run a second round.

Perez admitted Verstappen was on “another level”, while Sky BEIN Formula One pundits Johnny Herbert and Paul di Resta also gave praise to the Dutchman.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez has praised Verstappen for his absence from the lead at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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Red Bull’s Sergio Perez has praised Verstappen for his absence from the lead at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez has praised Verstappen for his absence from the lead at the Belgian Grand Prix.

“The result throughout the weekend was in many respects very frightening because of the speed at which Max is,” Herbert said.

“Literally from the first two minutes on Friday, he was immediately there and was amazingly fast and carried through the weekend.

“This is the best I’ve seen in a Max that I’m driving I think at the moment. I think it’s getting more and more complete, and that’s a scary thing.”

Verstappen had climbed to eighth by the time the safety car came out at the end of the first lap at Spa, and made his way across the field to take the lead on the 12th lap, before losing the win.

Best event of the dramatic Belgian Grand Prix where Verstappen won by 14 on the grid

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Best event of the dramatic Belgian Grand Prix where Verstappen won by 14 on the grid

Best event of the dramatic Belgian Grand Prix where Verstappen won by 14 on the grid

“It’s a band that was performing last year, and they kind of had that momentum,” Di Resta said. “In a way they are unstoppable, but I think the biggest weapon they have at the moment is Max Verstappen.

“Where would they be if he was at Ferrari? You would probably be in a similar situation because that’s consistency, what he can do, stay calm, bring out the best in the team.

“And you’re kind of thinking where the end will be with this? They’re probably really going to start focusing on next year given their performance, which is very worrying for the teams up and down.”

Horner: One of the best Red Bull weekend getaways

Red Bull boss Christian Horner also expressed his delight at Verstappen’s performance, describing the weekend as one of the best performances in his team’s history.

Despite Verstappen’s victory over Hamilton in the Drivers’ Championship last year, Red Bull was defeated by Mercedes, meaning they are chasing the first team title since winning four in a row between 2010 and 2013.

Christian Horner says Verstappen's win at Spa Cannes

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Christian Horner says Verstappen’s win at Spa was Red Bull’s “biggest team performance” after starting 14th on the grid

Christian Horner says Verstappen’s win at Spa was Red Bull’s “biggest team performance” after starting 14th on the grid

“This is one of our biggest group shows ever,” Horner told Sky BEIN F1. “I never expected Max to win this race, especially getting to the front so quickly.

“With Checo there as well, fastest lap, one to two, he couldn’t have been better than us today.

“It was one of those weekends where we were in the window with our car and everything was working beautifully. Max was perfect and Chico did absolutely everything he was asked.

“An amazing performance, right there with our best in 2010.

“Amazing performance by Max. He wasn’t greedy at first. He was very patient and worked his way through it.”

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