Max Verstappen is pleased to have finished the sixth race in a row on the podium, but also disappointed that on a great track like Spa they could not race at full speed because they had to preserve their tyres to finish the race with just one stop.
Verstappen nearly beat Bottas in qualifying who was only 0.015 seconds faster than him in the final part of qualifying, but in the race he could not keep up with Hamilton and Bottas nor was he under threat from Ricciardo at Renault.
This resulted in a sixth consecutive podium that helped him retain second place in the drivers’ championship ahead of Bottas, but his advantage is now just three points.
“I love this track but the race was not really the most exciting from my side,” said Verstappen.
“It wasn’t really much of a fight and I just tried to do my own race and maximise the result. On the medium tyre I didn’t have a lot of grip and then on the hard I was initially trying to put pressure on Valtteri but he was told to speed up and was able to build a good gap, so after that it was a bit lonely.”
“There was not much action up front unfortunately and the tyre wear was quite high so we couldn’t really push. Overall, we had a good weekend and the car balance was nice so we can be pleased with that.”
“We are not here to finish third and we want more but it is always good to be on the podium.”
“It’s a shame because the circuit is so amazing, but we couldn’t push. It was pretty boring to be honest. Which is a shame because I really enjoy driving here.”
“We did 44 laps didn’t we? I probably spent 38 laps managing the tyres.”
“It wasn’t the most exciting race.”
“But overall we had a good weekend and the car was well balanced so we can be happy with that.”
“We’re not here to finish third and we want more, but it’s always good to be on the podium.”
LEADING DRIVERS’ STANDINGS AFTER 7/17 RACES