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F1 | Belgian GP | Race Winner Max Verstappen: "A weekend I couldn't imagine before"

Red Bull achieved its fifth seasonal double podium thanks to an impressive, "unexpected" recovery drive from the championship leader.

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F1 | Belgian GP | Race Winner Max Verstappen: "A weekend I couldn't imagine before"
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Championship leader Max Verstappen won in Spa for the second time in a row, more surprisingly this time round than last year's when crusing behind the safety car.

The Dutchman was the fastest man all weekend in spite of having to start from P14 due to taking up a new power unit, achieving his third fastest time in qualifying.

The Dutchman recovered to the top 10 after only two laps. He had made his way on the podium by lap 8, passing George Russell at Les Combes. Finally, he gained the race lead when Perez let him by and Carlos Sainz stopped to pit on Lap 15.

The Belgian GP ended with a 1-2 Red Bull finish that consolidated even more the advantage the Austrian team holds in both championship, as Verstappen extended his lead on Leclerc to 98 points.

Reigning World Champion was extremely pleased with his recovery drive, which secured him an unexpected victory. He recalled the first lap chaos, which allowed him to move up to P8 in a few minutes of racing:

"It was quite a hectic first lap to try and stay out of trouble, so many things were happening in front of me, but once we settled in after the safety car, the car was really on rails."

Verstappen went on to explain the key steps he took to quickly improve his starting position:"I picked the right places to pass people and we could look after our tyres and that's how we made our way forward.

"After that once we were in the lead, it was all about managing everything. But this whole weekend has been incredible," he added.

The Dutch driver also managed to secure the extra point given out for the fastest race lap, despite his rival Charles Leclerc's best efforts and additional late pit.

"Of course, it's been a weekend I couldn't imagine before. But I think we want more of them, so we keep on working hard."

Was it the most impressive display of his ability in 2022? He discussed it later on in the post-race press conference, saying that in the next round racing will probably be closer:

"I think if you look at the whole weekend, yes, the car has been incredible from FP1. I don’t think we expected it to be like this but sometimes it’s nice when things positively surprise you, and it’s been really enjoyable to drive the car around here this year.

“I don’t expect it to be like that every single race weekend… just because of the track layout, more downforce on the car to get round, less straights as well. So definitely, it will be closer, yes."

Asked if such a dominant display will happen in the next round as well, the Dutch driver's home race in Zandvoort, he was hopeful: "Let's see what we can do there. I mean, of couse I'm going to enjoy it today, but we'll see next week what we can do."

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