FACTS AND STATS: Piastri the first rookie to lead a racing lap since Esteban Gutierrez in 2013

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Saturday in Spa was an action-packed day played out in ever changing climactic conditions. Through all the chaos Max Verstappen emerged with the Sprint victory, to add eight points to his growing tally. While the Dutchman prospered, the same couldn’t be said for others. Here are the best facts and stats from the Sprint in Belgium…

  • Red Bull are now unbeaten across the 11 Grands Prix and three Sprints this season.

  • Verstappen is unbeaten in any race format since finishing second to Sergio Perez in Azerbaijan on the 30th April.

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  • Oscar Piastri’s first career top three finish comes in a Sprint rather than a Grand Prix.

  • He is the first rookie to lead any race format since Esteban Gutierrez at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix.

SPA, BELGIUM - JULY 29: Sprint winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red

Verstappen's unbeaten streak continues

  • Pierre Gasly managed his first top three finish in any format since Baku 2021.

  • Gasly scored six points today – matching his highest total from any Grand Prix this season.

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  • Carlos Sainz finished fourth, the same position that he will start the Grand Prix in. He has also tied Perez on 15 Sprint points, with only Verstappen scoring more this season.

  • The result also moves Sainz ahead of George Russell into fifth in the drivers’ championship.

  • Charles Leclerc could only manage fifth – but at least he starts from pole tomorrow.

SPA, BELGIUM - JULY 29: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1

Hamilton's penalty dropped him from fourth to seventh in the Sprint

  • Lando Norris was sixth, with McLaren scoring points in the Sprint for the first time this season.

  • Lewis Hamilton still hasn’t finished in the top six in a Sprint this year. Thanks to his time penalty, he finished just 0.065s ahead of his team mate.

  • George Russell has now scored in every Sprint this year.

  • With Perez and Fernando Alonso failing to finish, Verstappen was the only driver in the top three in the championship to score today, and so extended his lead.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from a captivating Sprint as Verstappen takes the win ahead of Piastri in Belgium



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