Ayla Agren and Beitske Visser, drivers of the W series, were taken to hospital after today's serious accident in Spa-Francorchamps, in which as many as six race cars were involved in the Raidillon bend. The mass collision was caused by rain, which apparently surprised the racers on the ascent from Eau Rouge to Raidillon, and all those involved were examined by a doctor at the racetrack, and two drivers were taken to a nearby hospital for additional examinations. The race later started again, with the remaining twelve drivers standing at the start, and it is a new accident in the now even more infamous Raidillon bend, where Anthoine Hubert was fatally injured in 2019. https://twitter.com/toe_toe_wolf/status/1431270480888086531
Valtteri Bottas was the fastest in the first free practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, which started on a wet track. The Finn in the Mercedes was approached by Max Verstappen in less than two tenths of a second, while the other Mercedes racer, Lewis Hamilton, finished training in 18th place. The Briton tested a different rear wing, which he said was to blame for the lower speeds on the planes. Although the track dried up after a few minutes, it remained slippery, which caused some pirouettes on the track, but the training went without any serious accidents. The rain came back in the final minutes of training and prevented the racers from improving their times. Thus, Bottas remained at the top ahead of Verstappn and Pierre Gasly, and fourth and fifth place went to Ferrari racers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Six
Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, Red Bull racers, were left without one of the three powertrains they can use this year without penalty due to the consequences of accidents at Formula 1 races in Silverton and Hungaroring. Verstappn’s engine was damaged in the UK when he was knocked out by Lewis Hamilton in the first lap of the race, and Perez’s race later in Hungary when he was involved in a collision of several race cars in the first lap. Honda revealed on Tuesday before the race in Belgium that the power units of both racers were too damaged to be repaired. Perez will install the third and last available engine in his car at Spa Francorchamps, and Verstappen did so in Hungary, but since there are 12 more races expected by the end of the season, this almost certainly means that they will
Red Bull manager Christian Horner was full of praise after yesterday's race at the expense of their new teammate, Alexander Albon. As he said, he surprised the whole team with an extremely mature run after breaking through from the seventeenth starting place (due to the penalty when changing the drive unit) all the way to the final fifth. At the same time, he also impressed with many fearless overtaking of much more experienced competitors. "Alex impressed me throughout the race weekend with his approach, feedback and speed. He showed a very mature performance in the race. In the first part we were not as competitive on the harder version of the tires as later on the softer ones. he made no mistake at first, but in the second part he took advantage of the softer tires t
Pierre Gasly admitted after today’s race that it was the most emotionally demanding race of his career after he lost his good friend Anthoin Hubert yesterday. The French racer won ninth place after returning to the Toro Rosso team. "Certainly today was a very demanding day for me. Because of all the events before the race, because at 22 or 23 you are not used to such moments as the loss of one of your best friends. I spent a lot of time with him, we raced together in karting, sleeping in rooms, we were also classmates at a private school from my thirteenth to nineteenth year. " "Before the race, I had to forget about it, because otherwise I wouldn't be able to compete today. Once you put on your helmet, you're in a completely different world, but right after you reach the finish line.
Lewis Hamilton asks his team to find solutions to improve their speed on the plane by the next race in Monza. The lack of speed of the Mercedes race car compared to the Ferrari was well visible throughout the racing weekend in Belgium, which the Briton finished in second place. Regarding their main problem and the fact that the Monza race is scheduled for next week, Hamilton is expecting another demanding weekend. "There are only plains in Monza, so this will probably be a very happy weekend for Ferrari fans. So we have another very demanding weekend ahead of us, as there are not many turns in Monza where Valtteri could lose time on the plains. In the next few days we have to somehow make drastic progress on our speed on the planes. " "Obviously, n
Charles Leclerc dedicated today's victory to his late friend Anthoin Hubert, who passed away yesterday after a horrific accident in a Formula 2 race. As he said, this victory has a very bitter aftertaste for him. Together they also competed in lower categories. In an interview after the race, he said: "On the one hand, I realized my childhood dream, and on the other hand, a very difficult weekend is behind us, because we lost a good friend yesterday. I would like to dedicate today's victory to him, we grew up together. I raced against Anthoin, there were also Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly, I just can't fully enjoy my first win today, but I will definitely remember this weekend forever, Leclerc started today's race well and led practically from the start.
Sebastian Vettel won the race in Belgium. The German overtook Lewis Hamilton in the first lap and led the race to the end. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen also finished the race on the winning stage. The race was marked by an accident in the first turn caused by Nico Hulkenberg. The Renault racer braked too late and collided with Fernando Alonso, who then flew spectacularly over Charles Leclerc. In this collision, the importance of the halo protective arc was demonstrated. All three racers finished the race immediately. Alonso injured Daniel Ricciard's hind wings while flying over Leclerc. The Australian punctured Kimi Raikkonen's rear right tire. They both drove into the garages, where the Finc's tire was changed, and the Australian stayed in the garage a little longer so that the mechanics could
Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's race in Belgium from the best starting position, followed by Sebastian Vettel. Both Force Indie racers, Ocon ahead of Perez, will start the race from the second starting line, and Romain Grosjean will start the race from the fifth place. Kimi Raikkonen will start the race next to him. The Red Bull racers finished in the fourth starting line, Mx Verstappen was faster than his teammate Daniel Ricciard. Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas, who did not set a time in Q3, finished in the top ten. It started to rain at the end of the second part of the qualifications. The last part of the qualifications was started by the racers on dry track tires, which were soon replaced by intermediates. In his last attempt, Sebastin Vettel set a time of 1: 58.905, which he did
Kimi Raikkonen finished at the top of the second free practice. The Finn was 0,168 seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton. The best used medium-hardness tires-medium at the beginning of the training. Lewis Hamilton was the fastest on these. Kimi Raikkonen then put supersoft tires on the car and set a time of 1: 43.355, which no one was able to improve later. Lewis Hamilton soon after set a time of 1: 43.523 and finished second. Valtteri Bottas finished training third. Sebastian Vettel finished fifth after a foul in the fourteenth turn, just behind Max Verstappen. The best of the others was Sergio Perez in seventh place. Carlos Sainz, Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerrc also finished training in the top ten. Pos Racer Chassis Engine Laps Time