A Look at the Winners and Losers of the Belgian Grand Prix
Max Verstappen resumes his dominance from before the summer vacation with a stunning comeback drive to victory in Spa-Francorchamps. However, […]
Max Verstappen resumes his dominance from before the summer vacation with a stunning comeback drive to victory in Spa-Francorchamps. However, not everyone enjoyed themselves to the same degree.
Winner: Max Verstappen
Although Max Verstappen, the current Dutch World Champion, lacks superlatives, he is still stunning. The race in Spa, where he came back from 14th to win, was his most incredible comeback ever. His tenth win in as many Grands Prix this year puts him eight races from a perfect season in 2021.
At the 93rd and 98th races in the drivers’ championship, he finished ahead of Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc, respectively. This standard form lends an air of authority to his second title.
Winner: Red Bull
Before Hungary, Red Bull had had had one win outside of the top six in races. As of right now, they have won two in a row. After Perez returned, they completed their fourth season-long 1-2 punch. They are 118 points below Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship despite a good point’s haul, which they hope will propel them to their first title since 2013.
Loser: Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton almost seldom makes blunders, but he did so on Sunday. After getting off to a great start, he attacked Fernando his Alonso. However, he did not give his old rival enough room, and Hamilton was thrown into the air.
His Mercedes hit the ground hard, and after he kept driving for a time, his crew instructed him to pull over and get out of the race. Approximately 3 of them are spa retirees.
Loser: Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas’s 33rd year did not go as planned. A queue formed behind the Finnish man, who was going for thirteen. This was good news because he had to pay many engine fines for the new parts. However, unfortunately, we never saw what Alfa Romeo’s ace could do. Nicholas Latifi, a fugitive, picked him up, throwing him into the gravel.
Loser: Charles Leclerc
It was not Charles Leclerc’s day today. He had to start in 15th place because of engine penalties, but he battled his way up to 9th before making an earlier pit stop because debris off his visor had lodged in his brake duct. Ferrari team Principal Mattia Binotto claimed the sensor failed due to the rip, resulting in a five-second penalty for Leclerc for going too fast in the pit lane. His new position was sixth, behind Frag. He has only finished in the top three in the past nine Grands Prix.
Too far, Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon are the only drivers to earn five ties for Alpine. Despite getting into a collision on the opening lap with Hamilton, this was his tenth straight finish in the points. From his starting position of sixteen on the grid, Ocon advanced to seventh, and four Alpine drivers scored double-digit finishes. Title for the best builders.
As Kevin Magnussen put it, a “not going to become a very strong weekend” was expected for the Haas team due to the characteristics of the circuit. Neither he nor his teammate, Mick Schumacher, was fast enough to challenge for points in Spa. That means the American team went three Grand Prix, not placing in the top 10.