Max Verstappen after his victory in Belgium: "Red Bull turns Formula 1 into a Max Verstappen show."
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Max Verstappen needed 17 laps on Sunday in Belgium, then he had worked his way up from sixth on the grid to the top in the Formula 1 race in Belgium. He didn't give up that position either, the Dutchman took his eighth win in a row and is on his way to his third world title.
An exchange of words over the radio provides amusement. "How about," Verstappen radioed as he hurried towards a commanding victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, "if I just come back into the pits? Then you can practice a bit." His engineer Gianpiero Lambiase countered the flippant remark with a "not this time" – and a little later took the world champion in his arms with a smile. The next race will not take place until the end of August in the Netherlands. This is what the international press writes.
»Daily Mail«: "Verstappen continued his journey towards a third world title on the Belgian path and consequently extended his lead to 125 points."
»The Sun«: "This victory was so easy for Max Verstappen that the toughest challenge came from his race engineer (Gianpiero Lambiase)."
»The Guardian«: "Many in the Formula 1 paddock will breathe a sigh of relief that the summer break is now underway. So it's a breath of fresh air from a season that has become an absolute winning streak for Max Verstappen."
»The Telegraph«: "Red Bull turns Formula 1 into a Max Verstappen show."
»Marca«: "Verstappen has no rival."
»Mundo Deportivo«: "The Dutchman is now going on summer vacation with a 125-point lead over his teammate Pérez, who finished second on Sunday. That means Max has a five-race lead over the Mexican. Insanity. He could now extend his vacation on any beach in the world as long as he felt like it, and still win the scepter."
»As«: "Now it's thirteen! Verstappen won superiorly, went for a walk, fought in a different class this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix.
»Gazzetta dello Sport«: "At the Belgian Grand Prix, the Verstappen symphony. Eighth win in a row.«
»Tuttosport«: "Verstappen, the matador in Belgium, wins with ease."
»L'Équipe«: "The Dutchman continues his forced march towards the third crown by claiming another victory at Spa-Francorchamps, after a tension-free race in which the spectacle was his dialogue with his engineer."
»Kronen Zeitung«: "Max Verstappen walks to his eighth consecutive victory."
»Kurier«: »He's ambitious, he's incredibly fast and he doesn't make any mistakes. Max Verstappen won the Belgian Grand Prix from sixth on the grid in superior fashion and goes into the summer break with a huge lead in the world championship standings.
»Blick«: »Chill the bottle? Oh what! Red Bull and Verstappen can drink the champagne."
»Tages-Anzeiger«: »The World Champion from Holland easily wins a surprisingly uneventful Belgian GP – and causes a stir on the radio«