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RACE START: Enjoy the action from Spa as Perez passes pole-sitter Leclerc while Piastri and Sainz collide

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Beneath uncharacteristically clear skies relative to what we’ve seen so far this weekend, the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix got under way, with pole-sitter Charles Leclerc making a good launch from P1.

Leclerc’s lead would only last another few corners, though, as from second place, Sergio Perez was then able to slipstream the Ferrari into Turn 5 and take the lead – with his Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen going from P6 on the grid up to P4 by the same corner.

LIVE COVERAGE: Follow all the action from the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix

Star of yesterday’s Sprint Oscar Piastri, meanwhile, launched a move down the inside of Turn 1, only to get squeezed by Carlos Sainz in the second Ferrari, Piastri plummeting down the order before retiring from the race.

Click on the video player above to relive the race start from the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix.

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