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WEEKEND WARM-UP: Hear from the drivers as the Sprint format returns at Spa

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There’s just one more race to go ahead of the summer break – and there was plenty to talk about on Thursday at Spa ahead of the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix that will bring the first half of the season to a close.

Max Verstappen arrived at one of his home races – his mother Sophie Kumpen is Belgian, while father Jos Verstappen is Dutch – on a tremendous run of form that’s seen him win every race since Miami back in early May.

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That run of seven victories has also allowed Red Bull to maintain their unblemished record this season, as well as seeing them break McLaren’s 35-year-old record for most consecutive victories to start a season.

Elsewhere, drivers prepared to face the F1 Sprint format once again, while attention was focused on the likes of Lando Norris – currently on a hot streak of two consecutive P2 finishes for McLaren – F1 returnee Daniel Ricciardo and Williams, who’ll hope that their slippery FW45 could spring a surprise at Spa.

For all that and more, tune into Weekend Warm-up in the video up top, presented by Laura Winter, Will Buxton and Lawrence Barretto.

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