Max Verstappen secured his sixth consecutive podium finish at the Belgium GP thanks to an assured drive that saw him finish in third place.
The Dutch driver held off the challenge of Daniel Ricciardo at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to ensure he once again finished inside the top three and remained in second position in the drivers standings, three points ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team-mate Alex Albon also made sure he finished in the points as he finished in sixth position. Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda driver Pierre Gasly was just two places behind in eight, while Daniil Kyvat ended the race in 11th place.
MAX VERSTAPPEN – 3rd
“I love this track but the race was not really the most exciting from my side. It wasn’t really much of a fight and I just tried to do my own race and maximise the result. On the medium tyre I didn’t have a lot of grip and then on the hard I was initially trying to put pressure on Valtteri but he was told to speed up and was able to build a good gap, so after that it was a bit lonely. There was not much action up front unfortunately and the tyre wear was quite high so we couldn’t really push. Overall, we had a good weekend and the car balance was nice so we can be pleased with that. We are not here to finish third and we want more but it is always good to be on the podium.”
ALEX ALBON – 6th
“It was a frustrating race and it was pretty tricky to do anything. We knew before the race that the Renaults would be hard to overtake with their low downforce and straightline speed and that proved to be the case. I felt pretty good at the start on the soft tyre and then we managed to jump Ocon in the pits when we changed to mediums, thanks to a good stop from the boys in the garage. I don’t think we expected as much degradation as we got on that compound and maybe they weren’t the right choice in the end but I pushed as hard as I could to try and do the overtakes and the tyres just dropped off. We’ll have a look at it to see what we can learn before our focus shifts towards Monza in a few days but it’s nice to move up to fourth in the championship which is a sign we’re making progress.”
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