Max was credited with victory in the Belgian Grand Prix but there was no racing action as weather conditions resulted in a half-points result. It meant we won our 50th race in partnership with Red Bull Racing, even if we would have preferred to have done it with a bit more excitement!

Heavy rain made for extremely difficult conditions before the race and Sergio unfortunately slid off the road at Les Combes, damaging his front right suspension and ending his hopes of taking the planned start.

However as the rain intensified there was a delay to the start, and although a number of formation laps were carried out the start had to be suspended due to the standing water and poor visibility. After a delay of more than three hours, the race officially started behind the Safety Car meaning Max was the leader, with Pierre still in his qualifying position of sixth place and Yuki in 15th place.

Red Bull did a great job to repair Sergio’s car in order to get him back into the race, but having joined the back of the queue behind the Safety Car there were no racing laps before the race was red-flagged once again due to the conditions, meaning he was classified in 20th place.

With at least two laps completed by the leader and the race classification taken at the end of the first lap, half points were awarded meaning Max scores 12.5 to close the gap at the top of the championship, and Pierre adds four to his and Scuderia AlphaTauri’s tally.

 

Toyoharu Tanabe, Technical Director, Honda Racing F1

“Because of the very bad conditions with rain falling all day, we only managed a few laps behind the Safety Car. This was a great shame for all the spectators who stayed right to the end in the hope of seeing a race. We really wanted to be able to put on a good show for them. Thanks to his pole position yesterday, Max was declared the winner in what was our 50th race with Red Bull Racing. Pierre also picked up points for sixth place, so both our teams scored points, which is always satisfying. Unfortunately, although the mechanics did a great job to repair Checo’s car after he went off on the formation lap, he had to start from pit lane with no chance of points. Now we head to Zandvoort for next weekend’s race, the second consecutive home Grand Prix for Max and we are already focussing on getting the best possible result with both our teams.”

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen 33

"It is always good to win and the points are important but today is not how anyone wants to do it, especially on our 50th start with Honda. In hindsight it was very important to get pole yesterday and although it’s a big shame not to do some proper racing laps, as I really love coming to this track, it was just impossible in these conditions. I thought maybe at 15:30 the conditions were a bit better than just now when we tried to re-start but the visibility was still very low and I understand why we couldn’t race today. For me in the lead the visibility was a lot better, even with the Safety Car ahead, but the guys behind me couldn’t see a single thing and if someone went off at Eau Rouge and bounced back onto the track they could have been T-boned at high speed which we do not want. It was also extremely low grip and because it kept raining all afternoon it just didn’t improve. I think today the big credit goes to the fans around the track who stayed here the whole day in the rain, wind and cold. It must have been horrible to sit in those conditions so a big thanks goes to them and they should be the real winners from today. Now we have to keep on pushing and trying to re-gain the championship lead. I’m confident we have a good car and there is a long way to go so we just need to make sure we get the best performance out of it for the rest of the season."

Red Bull Racing Honda
Sergio Perez

Sergio Perez 11

"It was a strange afternoon and I have to say thank you to the fans, they were incredible for staying with us in the rain and cold. It’s a shame we couldn’t put on a good race for them today but we as a sport tried our best to race but it just wasn’t possible. The lap to grid was my mistake, the conditions and visibility were extremely poor and I just went on the kerb and lost it. I always knew there was a small chance we could get the car back out and the Team was pushing hard, really showing the spirit of Red Bull Racing which was nice to see. My Team did what they do best and they repaired the car so quickly it was incredible. I really wanted to repay them for their hard work during the race but that didn’t happen, luckily we are racing again in a few days and we all look forward to Zandvoort now!"

Red Bull Racing Honda
Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly 10

"It’s been a long day and I’m very disappointed that we didn’t get to race. I think we all feel very sorry for the fans that have stayed with us in the rain all day, without any racing and I would like to thank them all for staying until the end. However, the conditions were very extreme, I don’t think I’ve driven in conditions worse than this before. I think that the problem was that if anyone spun in the first lap, there was absolutely no visibility and there would’ve been a big accident. We know how dangerous it can be to race here, so this was absolutely the correct decision."

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
Yuki Tsunoda

Yuki Tsunoda 22

"It was clearly not possible to race today, especially for any drivers from P7 onwards, I think the visibility was just too poor. It would’ve been far too dangerous to race in these conditions here today, particularly on such a high-speed track like Spa, so for safety I think the FIA made the right decision today. Obviously, it’s disappointing on a personal note to not have had the opportunity to race for points today, but safety is far more important."

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda
Belgian Grand Prix

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

F1 2021, Round 12

All laps completed under Safety Car
Wet
Sunday 29 Aug 2021, 17:46 Europe/London
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Max Verstappen 33 NDL 25 Red Bull Racing Honda Honda
2 George Russell 63 GBR 18 Williams Racing Mercedes +
3 Lewis Hamilton 44 GBR 15 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Mercedes +
4 Daniel Ricciardo 3 AUS 12 McLaren Mercedes +
5 Sebastian Vettel 5 GER 10 Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team Mercedes +
6 Pierre Gasly 10 FRA 8 Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda Honda +
7 Esteban Ocon 31 FRA 6 Alpine Renault +
8 Charles Leclerc 16 MCO 4 Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari +
9 Nicholas Latifi 6 CAN 2 Williams Racing Mercedes +
10 Carlos Sainz 55 SPA 1 Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari +
11 Fernando Alonso 14 SPA 0 Alpine Renault +
12 Valtteri Bottas 77 FIN 0 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Mercedes +
13 Antonio Giovinazzi 99 ITA 0 Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Ferrari +
14 Lando Norris 4 GBR 0 McLaren Mercedes +
15 Yuki Tsunoda 22 JPN 0 Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda Honda +
16 Mick Schumacher 47 GER 0 Haas F1 Team Ferrari +
17 Nikita Mazepin 9 RUS 0 Haas F1 Team Ferrari +
18 Lance Stroll 18 CAN 0 Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team Mercedes +
19 Kimi Räikkönen 7 FIN 0 Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Ferrari +
20 Sergio Perez 11 MEX 0 Red Bull Racing Honda Honda +
Driver Standings
Sunday, 29 Aug 2021 - Open world standings grid
# Driver Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Max VERSTAPPEN 33 NDL 206 Red Bull Racing Honda Honda
2 Lewis HAMILTON 44 GBR 205 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Mercedes
3 Lando NORRIS 4 GBR 113 McLaren Mercedes
4 Valtteri BOTTAS 77 FIN 105 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Mercedes
5 Sergio PEREZ 11 MEX 104 Red Bull Racing Honda Honda
6 Carlos SAINZ 55 SPA 84 Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari
7 Charles LECLERC 16 MCO 84 Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari
8 Daniel RICCIARDO 3 AUS 62 McLaren Mercedes
9 Pierre GASLY 10 FRA 57 Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda Honda
10 Esteban OCON 31 FRA 45 Alpine Renault
11 Sebastian VETTEL 5 GER 40 Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team Mercedes
12 Fernando ALONSO 14 SPA 38 Alpine Renault
13 George RUSSELL 63 GBR 22 Williams Racing Mercedes
14 Lance STROLL 18 CAN 18 Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team Mercedes
15 Yuki TSUNODA 22 JPN 18 Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda Honda
16 Nicholas LATIFI 6 CAN 8 Williams Racing Mercedes
17 Kimi RäIKKöNEN 7 FIN 2 Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Ferrari
18 Antonio GIOVINAZZI 99 ITA 1 Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Ferrari