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Max Verstappen Triumphs over Oscar Piastri in Wet Sprint Race at Belgian Grand Prix

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Belgian Grand Prix

The Belgian Grand Prix witnessed an exciting finale with Max Verstappen surpassing Oscar Piastri to secure victory in a thrilling, rain-soaked sprint race. The top three drivers, including Pierre Gasly, were honoured with their trophies by Belgian ex-Grand Prix champion Jacky Ickx.

The adrenaline-filled wet sprint race at the Belgian Grand Prix ended with Verstappen overtaking McLaren’s Oscar Piastri to clinch the title. Initially, Piastri, who was trailing Verstappen, moved to the lead by opting for intermediate tyres right after the race began post a five-lap safety car interval.

Despite sticking with the compulsory full wet tyres for an additional lap before switching, Verstappen managed to navigate a safety car episode before taking the lead from Piastri on the Kemmel straight. Piastri, a rookie, held onto second place, his top finish in F1, preceding Alpine’s Pierre Gasly. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes secured fourth but was penalised with a five-second penalty for colliding with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, resulting in Perez’s withdrawal and Hamilton’s fall to the seventh place, right ahead of George Russell, his teammate.

Hamilton was at the heart of the most gripping moments in the shortened 11-lap race when he challenged Perez at the two right-hand Stavelot corners. However, Hamilton lost ground, fell behind the Red Bull for the rest of the lap, and found himself under pressure from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

Hamilton overtook Perez at the La Source hairpin, followed by Sainz taking advantage of Perez at Eau Rouge, eventually leading the pack. Charles Leclerc, Sainz’s teammate, capitalized on the Red Bull’s decreasing momentum to overtake Perez towards the Les Combes chicane. Under pressure from McLaren’s Lando Norris at Stavelot, Perez lost control, veered off the track, and was ultimately forced to retire his car.

Verstappen led the race after overtaking Piastri, managing to secure a more than six-second lead. The changing weather conditions, with a downpour leading to a delayed start, defined the race dynamics. After an initial delay and five laps behind the safety car, the race began on a track ready for intermediate tyres, with the drivers split between pitting immediately or completing an initial lap on the extreme wet tyres.

Verstappen had to bide his time for a safety car period, triggered by Fernando Alonso’s crash, but took the lead from Piastri after the race resumed. Verstappen was content with his strategy, acknowledging it was a “safer call.” Piastri expressed satisfaction with his performance, praising McLaren’s progress since an upgrade earlier in the month.

Meanwhile, it was a stirring day for Gasly, who secured his first podium finish for Alpine, a team recently experiencing a crisis following a series of management changes. After a pit-stop delay, Sainz led Leclerc, followed by Norris and Hamilton. Despite an initial setback, Russell managed to finish eighth and earn the final point.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Belgian Grand Prix

Who won the Belgian Grand Prix?

Max Verstappen emerged as the winner of the Belgian Grand Prix, passing Oscar Piastri in a thrilling rain-soaked sprint race.

Who were the top three finishers in the race?

The top three finishers were Max Verstappen, Oscar Piastri, and Pierre Gasly.

Why was Lewis Hamilton penalised in the Belgian Grand Prix?

Lewis Hamilton received a five-second penalty for causing a collision with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, leading to Perez’s retirement from the race and Hamilton dropping to seventh place.

Who was the best rookie performer in the race?

The Australian rookie Oscar Piastri gave a standout performance, finishing in second place which is his best F1 finish to date.

What was significant about Pierre Gasly’s performance?

Pierre Gasly secured his first podium finish for the Alpine team, making it an emotional day for him.

How did the weather affect the race?

The race was significantly affected by the changing weather conditions, with a heavy downpour causing a delayed start. After an initial delay and five laps behind the safety car, the race started on a track ready for intermediate tyres.

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BelgianGPlover July 29, 2023 - 10:42 pm

So proud of our GP! Always an unpredictable race because of the weather, keeps things interesting. congrats Max.

F1enthusiast July 30, 2023 - 1:24 am

Mclaren’s got a real gem in piastri. kid’s got potential.

RedBullFollower July 30, 2023 - 2:22 am

Another win for Red Bull, fantastic! Max is the best, he handles the rain like no one else.

NoBrakeZone July 30, 2023 - 3:09 am

Hamilton got penalised? thats a surprise 😀

Speedster67 July 30, 2023 - 5:12 am

Gasly on the podium, thats a rare sight. Happy for him though. It’s well deserved.

RacingFan93 July 30, 2023 - 6:09 am

Wow, verstappen did it again! Unstoppable in the rain. Feel bad for Perez tho, tough break there.


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