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Verstappen explains the key to 'incredible' Belgian GP win

Max Verstappen believes that staying "out of trouble" and superior tyre conservation were the key factors in his Belgian Grand Prix victory.

Max Verstappen reckons negotiating a "hectic" first lap, along with a strong tyre strategy, were the key elements to his Belgian Grand Prix win. Starting from P14 on the grid, the Red Bull driver led a 1-2 ahead of teammate Sergio Perez, with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz in third. During the race, Verstappen had to negotiate a manic opening couple of laps before gradually overtaking several cars to take the lead. The victory is the third in a row for Verstappen, who has extended his advantage at the top of the Drivers' Championship to 93 points over Perez, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc a further five points back.

Verstappen explains "incredible" Belgian GP race win

Speaking after the race, Verstappen was full of praise for his "on rails" RB18 car. "It was quite a hectic first lap to try and stay out of trouble. There were so many things happening in front of me," Verstappen explained. "Once we settled in after the Safety Car, the car was really on rails. "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. "It's been a weekend that I could not have imagined before, but I think we want more of them so we need to keep on working hard."

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