Max Verstappen regrets that he won the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday without actually racing.

The Dutchman also has a lot of respect for all fans around the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.

"It is a pity that we were not able to do normal laps. At the first attempt I thought it was possible, but later I saw that the visibility was very bad. If we had started at 3 p.m. we had a good chance," said Verstappen shortly after the race.

The Belgian Grand Prix was to start on Sunday at 3 p.m., but was postponed for a long time due to the heavy rainfall.

At 6.17 pm, three laps were driven behind the safety car, so that the starting position also officially counts as the result.

The points awarded will be halved.

"It's a win, but this is not how we want to win," said Verstappen.

"Respect for the fans who have been left in bad conditions. They are the real winners today. We have to keep pushing. We have a good car, but we need to get more speed out of it."

Verstappen mainly owed his victory to Saturday's pole position.

The Dutchman clocked the fastest time during qualifying and was therefore the first to leave on Sunday.

That turned out to be enough for the win.

The Grand Prix at Zandvoort is scheduled for Verstappen and the other drivers next week.

The first free practice is Friday at 11.30 am.

The race starts on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Verstappen is now 3 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the World Cup position.

Max Verstappen behind the safety car.

Max Verstappen behind the safety car.

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