As the Lewis Hamilton fight continues, Max Verstappen admits to having “question marks” about the Dutch Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen admits there could be surprises at Zandvoort this weekend after the Belgian Grand Prix was abruptly cut short due to poor weather.
Max Verstappen agreed there could be some surprises at the first Dutch Grand Prix in 36 years next weekend. With an unimpressive race at Spa-Francorchamps, Formula One returned from its four-week summer hiatus.
Due to heavy weather, the grand prix was only able to last two laps behind the safety car before being called off.
Verstappen was awarded the win – as well as half of the points – as the de facto race leader.
After taking third, Verstappen has sliced Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s championship lead to to three points, with Williams’ George Russell scoring a remarkable second-place finish and his first F1 podium.
While the system of scoring points wasn’t ideal, the Dutchman was glad to see Red Bull return to form following struggles at Silverstone and the Hungaroring.
The 23-year-old explained, “We had two races where we didn’t really gain points, so we needed a decent result.”
“Of course, the outcome isn’t what you want, but I believe we were really competitive throughout the weekend, which is critical on a track with long straights like this.
“Now we travel to Zandvoort, which is new to everyone, so there will be some uncertainty about how everyone will do, as well as some surprises, you never know.
“It’s something I’m looking forward to.”
The Belgian Grand Prix was delayed by half an hour before two attempts were made to start the race, but with a nearly three-hour gap between them.
After only two and a half laps behind the safety car, officials decided the conditions were too risky and deployed the red flags.
The winner was determined based on the starting grid order, with half points granted because two laps were sufficient to define the event as a race under the rules.
Despite the lack of on-track excitement, Sunday’s race will go down in history as the only F1 grand prix without racing.
Following the dramatic and unusual scenes in Spa, F1 fans can rejoice: the Belgian Grand Prix was the first of a three-race series.
“Brinkwire Summary News” is the Dutch Grand Prix.