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Max Verstappen

Verstappen claims Monaco 'more dangerous' than Spa

The Belgian Grand Prix venue has come under fire as safety concerns arise.

Max Verstappen has insisted Monaco is more dangerous in an F1 car than Spa-Francorchamps as questions over safety at the Belgian Grand Prix continue.

The latest tragedy at the circuit came earlier this month when 18-year-old FRECA competitor Dilano van 't Hoff was killed in an incident at the start of the Kemmel Straight - metres further down the track from the spot of Anthoine Hubert's fatal F2 incident in 2019.

Weather similar to the treacherous conditions that played a part in the FRECA incident are forecast for the F1 Sprint weekend, with concerns rising over Spa's suitability for the sport.

On how difficult the FIA's job is to oversee the weekend, Verstappen told media including RacingNews365: "I don't think it is track related.

"There are dangerous corners, yes, and in the wet there are always more risks.

"Everyone is competent enough to make the right calls. If it is too wet, it is too wet."

Always things that can be done better

Some have urged for further changes to the Eau Rouge-Raidillon section despite redevelopment made in recent years.

Asked if changes needed to be made, Verstappen replied: "There are always things that can be done better.

"We are racing in Monaco, which is a lot more dangerous than here, but we race there because it is deemed safe enough.

"Accidents happen, unfortunately. When you look back at the accident, it was extremely unfortunate the way it happened.

"There is not a lot you can do or change for it to be a lot safer. There are other tracks where you can have a crash and bounce back onto the track, there's low visibility and that can happen again.

"It was unlucky, in a way, that it happened at Spa twice, both close to each other."

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