6 winners and 5 losers of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend – Who shone in the rain at Spa? – .

6 winners and 5 losers of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend – Who shone in the rain at Spa? – .

Relentless rain equated to poor visibility and led to the shortest Grand Prix in Belgian history. Such an unusual scenario – after thrilling qualifying in the wet – worked for some, but not so much for others. We have selected six winners and five losers for the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps…

Gagnant : George Russell

George Russell became known as Sir saturday for its extremely fast and consistent form of qualifying. But he didn’t often manage to convert it to cold, hard spots on Sunday afternoon.

In Belgium, after one of the most impressive qualifying laps we’ve seen in years – considering the quality of his car and the weather conditions – he took second place. And that was converted to a P2 finish in a heavily shortened stroke.

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Of course, that’s not how he would have wanted to get on his first podium. And yes, that’s only half the points. But a podium is a podium. And the one that got marked in what its engineers told it before the race was the 17th fastest car on paper. Hat.

Russell landed his first podium at Spa in his third season in the sport

Loser: Sergio Perez

Sunday was a roller coaster of emotions for Sergio Perez, who found himself caught in rough conditions on his way to the grid, damaging his car so badly that it would have been impossible to repair it in time in bad weather. normal circumstances.

However, he was thrown with a lifeline when the start was repeatedly delayed due to rain, which had been falling steadily since mid-morning.

WATCH: Disaster for Perez who crashes on his way to the grid in Belgium

His Red Bull team did a remarkable job fixing the car so he could participate – but with the safety car leading all laps, Perez didn’t have a chance to progress and was ultimately ranked P19 for his third consecutive round. no score.

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Winner: Sergio Perez

But it wasn’t all bad news for Perez, with Red Bull announcing on Friday that they would be retaining the Mexican for a second season in 2022.

There have been many highlights for Perez this year, including a front row start in his second race for the team and a win in his sixth.

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His point total going into the weekend was almost double that of Alex Albon, the driver he replaced, so from a manufacturers point of view it’s a positive move for both sides.

Losers: Ferrari

Ferrari came to Spa knowing the weekend could be tough, having finished more than a minute behind the leaders in last year’s race.

Sainz was disappointed with a moderate qualifying performance, but at least collected a half point on Sunday
Qualifying was not their best, as the team failed to reach Q3 with either car at Spa for the second year in a row, with Carlos Sainz being particularly disappointed given that it is generally very strong in humid conditions.

On race day they scored points with both cars, having increased due to grid penalties for the others while taking advantage of Perez’s fall to the rear after his crash. But the team has always fallen behind McLaren in P4 in the constructors’ standings.

Gagnant : Max Verstappen

This is not how Max Verstappen wanted to win the Belgian Grand Prix, but as he said afterwards, a win is a win, and it helps close the gap to rival Lewis Hamilton to just three. points.

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It was the Dutchman’s first time finishing in the top two at Spa, and even though his winning tally was halved to 12.5, it’s still more than the five points he scored in the two previous rounds.

It was a win for Verstappen at Spa – who reduced his drivers’ championship deficit
And his victory – his sixth of the season – also gave the Honda engine manufacturer his first victory at Spa since Ayrton Senna triumphed for McLaren in 1991 and was Red Bull’s 50th race weekend with the Japanese manufacturer.

Perdant : Lewis Hamilton

It was Lewis Hamilton’s first third place of the year, ninth podium of the campaign and 125th podium for Mercedes.

However, he was disappointed with his performance in qualifying, having finished P3. This means that he has only won one pole (Hungary) in the last eight races.

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He would have hoped to make some progress from P3 if he was safe enough to keep racing and as a result his championship lead over Verstappen was reduced to just three points.

Hamilton still chasing his 100th Grand Prix win

Winners: Williams

Williams hasn’t had the best times in recent years, but Lady Luck has seen them positively in Hungary and Belgium.

After their double in Budapest, the team followed with an exceptional performance at Spa. Russell gave the team their first front row start since Monza 2017, with Nicholas Latifi also achieving his best qualifying result with a 12th place finish.

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This put them in a strong position for Sunday – and the team were rewarded for their bravery in qualifying with a second straight double in points. They doubled their total to 20 to strengthen their grip on eighth place in the constructors’ championship.

Second straight brace for Williams means they are comfortably eighth in the standings

Loser: Lando Norris

First and foremost, the important thing is that Lando Norris was able to cope unaided after a heavy crash during qualifying at Spa, and then became fit to run after a precautionary x-ray on his elbow.

But in terms of results he will leave Spa disappointed, as not only did he look quick enough to fight for the first pole of his career after being fastest in Q1 and Q2, he didn’t have the chance. to make up for that. fall in the race.

WATCH: Norris walks away after dramatic crash at Eau Rouge-Raidillon during Belgian GP qualifying

It was his second straight non-score, having scored in all other races this season.

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Winner: Daniel Ricciardo

This season has been a bit difficult for Daniel Ricciardo as the Australian struggles to gain momentum with his new McLaren team, but Spa has been a turning point.

The Australian, who won the race for Red Bull in 2014, showed a steady pace in qualifying to reach his best place on the fourth-place grid – and the conversion that gave him his best race result for McLaren .

It was also his best result since stepping onto the Renault podium at Imola in 2020.

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Winner: Nicolas Latifi

Latifi was eclipsed by Russell during their time together as teammates, but Williams has continued to support him and believes he is a great player.

A strong qualifying performance saw Ricciardo claim his best result of the season
And they were rewarded for this faith, first with his seventh place in Hungary, a place ahead of Russell, then by his consistency at Spa, where he achieved his best performance in qualifying – despite limited experience in the wet – and his second finish in consecutive points.

Loser: Valtteri Bottas

It was already going to be a tough weekend for Valtteri Bottas, after being fined five grid places for causing a collision in Hungary.

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The Finn then struggled to light the tires in qualifying, which saw him find himself in the lower rungs of the top 10, which became 13th in the race when his penalty was applied – and so it was a second race without points.


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