He’s done it again. Max Verstappen wins the Belgian Grand Prix from a penalised sixth on the grid to stretch his victory streak to eight races. Featuring Scott Mitchell-Malm from The Race.
Red Bull Racing makes it to the midseason break undefeated and with Max Verstappen on an eight-race victory streak, but Oscar Piastri steals the show on Saturday with a superb second in the sprint.
We take a deep dive into national anthem culture and recommend the institution of club songs for all Formula 1 teams.
Michael Lamonato, FIA-accredited journalist and host of the F1 Strategy Report, joined Matt Grubelich to review the Formula 1 race out of Belgium.
Max Verstappen wins again, this time from sixth on the grid, with almost embarrassing ease ahead of brief race leader Sergio Pérez in the sister Red Bull Racing car.
Max Verstappen claimed a comfortable victory from sixth on the grid at the Belgian Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez.
Perez had started from the front row and snatched the lead from polesitter Charles Leclerc at the end of the Kemmel straight on the first lap control the race early on. But Verstappen was already up to fourth by then, behind Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton, and the Dutchman was targeting the top step.
The championship leader bided his time to make his moves. On lap 6 he snatched third from Hamilton at the end of the Kemmel straight, and on three laps later he mugged Leclerc on the brakes to take second place around the outside of Les Combes.Continue reading on RACER
Max Verstappen take sprint pole and victory on another tricky wet day at Spa-Francorchamps despite losing the lead shortly after the start.
Max Verstappen dominates a rain-affected qualifying but won’t start on pole position thanks to a five-place gearbox penalty.
Max Verstappen dominated qualifying on a drying track for the Belgian Grand Prix but will cede pole position to Charles Leclerc thanks to a gearbox penalty.
Despite a Q2 scare that saw him barely scrape through to the pole shootout in 10th, Verstappen mastered the slicks-on-damp conditions of Q3 to take top spot by an imperious 0.82s. But the Dutchman must serve a five-place grid penalty for unsealing his fifth set of gearbox components, one more than allowed for the season, which will drop him to sixth on the grid and promote Leclerc to pole on Sunday.
“Last year I had more penalties and we could still with the race,” Verstappen said, recalling his drive from 13th to victory. “That’s still the target on Sunday.”Continue reading on RACER
Carlos Sainz topped the sole practice session for the Belgian Grand Prix in heavy rain as Formula 1 contemplates potential alternatives to running qualifying on Friday afternoon.
Rain fell constantly and with varying intensity through the sprint weekend’s only hour of practice, making it impossible to draw meaningful comparisons between the teams and drivers. Only 15 drivers were able to set a lap, but most were unrepresentative, with more than 10 seconds covering the spread.
Five drivers, including championship leader Max Verstappen, failed to set a time, with only a pair of installation laps to his name.Continue reading on RACER
All eyes are on the radar, with rain forecast to disrupt running on all three days at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Australians Daniel Ricciardo and Oscar Piastri are at the heart of one of the biggest Formula 1 ‘silly season’ stories in years. To make sense of a wild week of news on Ricciardo’s future and Piastri’s path to a full-time race seat, Scott Mitchell-Malm from the-race.com joins hosts Matt Clayton and Michael Lamonato to discuss where things unravelled for Ricciardo at McLaren (03:58), his options to race on or sit out in 2023 (07:09), McLaren’s role in the failed relationship (13:13), the pressure Piastri will face when he debuts (17:37), how Piastri declining an Alpine seat is seen in the paddock (20:26) and the impact of the contractual tug-of-war between Alpine and McLaren on his reputation (24:06).
Max Verstappen has dominated the Belgian Grand Prix with a storming drive from 13th on the grid to start the countdown to his second world title. Featuring Brazilian F1 correspondent Julianne Cerasoli.
With the F1 world championship all but over, we debate who will win the equally prestigious F1 gluten championship. Mercedes enters the Del Boca Vista stage of its decline.
F1 journalist and host of the strategy report joins us live from Belgium for the latest in motorsport.
Pure’s F1 fanatic Matt Oostveen, is joined by former F1 driver Alex Yoong and F1 journalist Michael Lamonato to dissect all the action on the track and in the pits during the Belgian GP and what it all means for the championship.
Max Verstappen landed a major boost to his championship campaign with a peerless drive to victory in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Verstappen started the race from 14th on the grid but made scintillating progress from lights out. He made five positions up on the first lap alone and continued scything through the field after a brief safety car intervention to clear the stricken cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
By the end of lap 8 – just five racing laps into the race – he was up to third and had victory in his sights.Continue reading on RACER
Carlos Sainz bested Charles Leclerc to the top spot in a damp first practice session at the Belgian Grand Prix, that was overshadowed by six drivers being confirmed as having back-of-grid starts for Sunday.
Just 0.069s split the Ferrari teammates, with title leader Max Verstappen 0.2s adrift in third for Red Bull. The hour-long session started on a damp and drying track but ended with sudden heavy showers in the final 10 minutes.
Leclerc, however, won’t be contending for pole, having taken new power unit parts and a new gearbox, sending him to the back of the grid. Verstappen, who holds an 80-point advantage over the Monegasque, will join him at the back with several new engine parts of his own.Continue reading on RACER