How Verstappen scored the best win of his F1 career and furthered Leclerc’s downfall
Nothing could deny Max Verstappen’s Spa surge as he charged to a ninth Formula 1 win of the season, while yet more bad luck and questionable calls mired Charles Leclerc. Here’s how the Red Bull driver dominated the Belgian Grand Prix
Not only was Max Verstappen’s romp to the spoils of glory in the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend the very finest work of his Formula 1 career, but his weekend-long performance should surely rank somewhere among the all-time great displays. Of the 1071 world championship races now held, only 14 have been won by a driver starting further back than he did at Spa.
Adding to the case in favour, Verstappen’s mesmeric recovery came after he had absolutely dominated qualifying to top the order by six tenths, and despite needing to overcome a chunky grid penalty. Such was his command, despite having lined up down in 13th (after Pierre Gasly's late electrical system glitch caused a pitlane start), the defending champion was already contemplating the “good possibility” of seizing the victory on only lap eight of 44.
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