“It was very important to get that pole position,” says Verstappen

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 29: Race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 29, 2021 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images). Credit: Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen is the winner of the Belgian GP, but unfortunately, the race did not go as usual. The Dutchman got half the points for the victory.

The wait for a race start in rainy Spa-Francorchamps led to a short race behind the safety car, which was over again after a few laps. For Max Verstappen, the pole position was particularly important, because, without it, he would not have won.

“It was very important to get that pole position, but, of course, it’s a big shame to not do proper laps, but the conditions were very tricky out there. I said, “let’s go” at 3:30. I think the conditions were decent, but, of course, the visibility was very low.”

He would have preferred a race start at 3 o’clock, but there was still little chance of a normal race. He also had a few words for the fans.

“I think if we would have started at 3 o’clock, we had a better chance, but nevertheless, after that, it just stayed really wet and it kept raining. Of course, it’s a win, but it’s not how you want to win.

“I think, for today, the credit goes to fans around the track to stay here the whole day in rain, cold, windy conditions, so I think they are actually the bigger winners today.”

Verstappen’s gap to Hamilton has now shrunk again. Since the drivers only got half the points, the deficit to the Brit is now three points. That gives Verstappen and Red Bull motivation for more.

“We have to keep on pushing, keep on trying to close it in [gap to Hamilton and Mercedes], of course, go ahead. We have a few more races to do that and I’m confident that we have a good car, we just need to keep on trying to get a bit more performance out of it.”

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