A first corner clash between the two Ferrari drivers and Max Verstappen ruined the chance the Dutchman would get a ‘home’ race win at Spa.
Verstappen picked up damage after getting a poor start, on the outside of the track before switching to inside after the two Ferrari’s got a head of him. With Sebastian Vettel on the outside and Kimi Raikkonen in the middle, those on the inside were squeezed with both drivers picking up damage to their front wings and Kimi Raikkonen picking up a puncture.
A race full of controversial defending moves, especially from the critical Kimi Raikkonen who objects to some moves the youngster makes at high speed, didn’t even net a points paying position at the end of the race with him ending up 11th, and ironically behind Raikkonen.
Verstappen commented, “It was a disappointing race to come out with so few points. The key point of the race for us was the safety car when Magnusson had the huge accident and damaged the barrier. We thought it would be a red flag and so planned our strategy around that, however the red flag didn’t come out very quickly, and so we had to pit Valtteri.
“The red flag did finally come out, as predicted, however by this point it had ruined our race. From then on our afternoon was set as we just didn’t have the pace to move further forward. We will now go to Monza and try harder.”
Despite having good pace over the weekend, given his second placed start, he saw his teammate Daniel Ricciardo take another podium position for the team.