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Max Verstappen

Verstappen hails Spa F1 win as the most dominant of his career

The Red Bull driver came from 14th on the grid after power unit penalties to take the win at Spa

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Max Verstappen hailed his performance as being one of the most dominant of his career, after he passed 12 cars within the first 12 laps of the Belgian Grand Prix to win from 14th on the grid.

Teammate Sergio Perez was amazed by Verstappen saying he was “on another planet” throughout the weekend, while Ferrari had no answers to their rivals blistering pace.

Speaking to media after the race, including RacingNews365.com, Verstappen said that it was “enjoyable” to drive the car around the highspeed Spa Francorchamps.

“The cars 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,” said Verstappen.

“It’s been enjoyable to drive the car around here this year. We knew our we had our difficulties for the race when you start P14, but we stayed out of trouble in Lap 1, which wasn't easy.

“Once everything calmed down with the Safety Car, [I was] literally just overtaking one car every lap.

“I saw that my tires were holding on quite nicely with the Soft compound, [then] I knew that there was a good possibility we could win the race.”

Verstappen: Car very efficient at Spa

Despite making a lot of power unit component changes and rumoured to have switched to a new, lighter chassis ahead of the weekend, Verstappen believes that the RB16 is very efficient around Spa in general.

He added: “Our car is very efficient and then at this track I think suits it perfectly.

“I know that some tracks which are coming up might be a little bit more difficult than I expect, again, a good battle with Ferrari.

“It was just that this track seemed to be perfect for this car.”

Next up is Verstappen’s home circuit at Zandvoort which features a mix of highspeed and low-speed corners, with Monza being the last race on the triple header.

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