Max Verstappen who is a mix of Belgian and Dutch was ranked in 6th place on the points table of the 2017 driver standings – more than 60 points behind the number 5 ranked Aussie Daniel Ricciardo. Verstappen has not had a great season so far but he would have wanted to do well at home and give his fans something to cheer about.
The Red Bull F1 team member could only last 8 laps at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps as his car suddenly lost power as he proceeded through the Eau Rouge and tried to go up to Radillon. This is not the first time that Verstappen has not been able to complete an F1 race. He has had as many as 6 retirements in the 12 races that have been held this season, which made him extremely frustrated.
In a statement, Verstappen said “For a top team this can’t happen. In the beginning you can say it’s bad luck, that those things happen, but if it’s happening again and for the sixth time this year, you can’t call it bad luck anymore.”
Christian Horner, the Red Bull team principal struggled to find words to express why they were having so many issues and sympathized with Verstappen. He said the reason for the breakdown was because the 4th cylinder stopped working and the engine supplier owed them an explanation. This engine failure could make things very difficult for Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix which takes place in less than a week.
Verstappen said it was extremely demotivaating for him to work so hard, do well in the qualifying rounds and then have a breakdown after few rounds in front of his home crowd. He said he overlooked 6 failures so far but wasn’t sure how many more times he could keep doing it before making a decision to switch to a new team.
Hamilton Wins Comfortably
Lewis Hamilton had no such problems at the Belgian Grand Prix and the Mercedes driver went on to win comfortably, making it his 5th win this year. He is now just seven points behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who is the current leader. Vettel was behind Hamilton during the race and was unable to overtake him and keep the lead. He finished in second place and the two will once again battle it out at the Italian Grand Prix.