Max Verstappen won the Belgian Grand Prix in convincing fashion despite starting from 14th on the grid, with Sergio Perez finishing second to make it a Red Bull one-two, while Charles Leclerc came home only sixth.
Verstappen was in a class of his own at Spa-Francorchamps and as soon as he overtook pole sitter Carlos Sainz, he left the rest of field behind.
The Dutchman is 93 points ahead of his team-mate Perez in the drivers’ standings with Leclerc a further five points adrift and surely too far behind to mount a challenge at this stage.
Verstappen’s ninth win of the season stemmed from the very first lap where he made up six places to climb to eighth to put him within early striking distance.
Lewis Hamilton collided with Fernando Alonso on the first lap which damaged the underside of his Mercedes and forced him to retire.
Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo spun out on the next lap meaning the safety car came out, closing up the early advantage Sainz had made.
Verstappen then tore through the field with his car so much quicker than the rest and by lap 18, he was in the lead.
An early pit-stop due to a problem with one of his front wheels saw Leclerc’s pace hampered and his frustrating campaign took another turn when he finished fifth on track but was demoted behind Alonso to finish sixth after speeding in the pit lane.
“It was quite a hectic first lap to try and stay out of trouble,” race winner Verstappen said.
“So many things were happening in front of me, picked the right places to pass people, looked after our tyres and that’s how we made our way forward and once we were in the lead, it was all about managing everything but this whole weekend has been incredible.”
“It’s been a weekend I couldn’t have imagined before but I think we want more of them and we’ll keep working hard.”
Verstappen will head to his home Grand Prix next week with the Dutch race taking place at Zandvoort.