Another Formula 1 race and another Max Verstappen victory as the Dutchman made light work of the field, coming from sixth on the grid to take victory at the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix and further extended his lead in the Driver Standings.
Verstappen, who qualified on pole position for the race at Spa, was given a five-place grid penalty for changing the gearbox in his Red Bull. Nevertheless, it was no issue as he scythed through the field and was in first position by Lap 17.
The Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, who was first on the grid, did well to keep writing touching distance of Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton was fourth for Mercedes.
Fernando Alonso in the Aston Martin was fifth, Mercedes’ George Russell sixth, with the McLaren of Lando Norris seventh.
After a turbulent weekend, Alpine took eighth with Esteban Ocon thanks to a late move on Lance Stroll. Yuki Tsunoda of AlphaTauri rounded out the top 10.
F1 2023 Drivers’ Standings after Belgian GP
Victory at the 2023 Belgian GP moves Verstappen a whopping 117 points ahead of his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez. Thanks to his fourth place and fastest lap, Lewis Hamilton moved to within one point of Fernando Alonso in the Driver Standings.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||314|
|2||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||189|
|3||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin||149|
|9||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||47|
|15||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||5|
|16||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||4|
|20||Nyck de Vries||AlphaTauri||0|
F1 2023 Constructors’ Standings after Belgian GP
Meanwhile in the Constructor Standings, Red Bull extended their advantage over Mercedes to 256 points thanks to a one-two finish, as Mercedes themselves extended their advantage over Aston Martin to 63 points.