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Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB19, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF-23
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Formula 1 Belgian GP
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The surprise star of Verstappen’s latest Spa masterclass

A grid penalty that left Max Verstappen to start sixth in the Belgian Grand Prix was little obstacle to securing his eighth consecutive win in 2023. The imperious Dutchman followed up his sprint victory by leading home team-mate Sergio Perez in a fifth Red Bull 1-2 of the season after a race where the leaders were forced into adopting the same strategy by an unexpected contender

“I was surprised it took him so long to get to the front to be honest with you,” Red Bull boss Christian Horner joked in the aftermath of Max Verstappen’s second crushing Spa comeback drive in two years, his victory in the 2023 edition of the Belgian Grand Prix again coming ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez.

He might have only started sixth and not on row seven – his lowly grid spot thanks to a gearbox change grid penalty this time and not one stemming from an engine replacement – but this was surely just as impressive as Verstappen’s 2022 Spa steamrollering.

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