WATCH: Norris & Verstappen Take a Dig at Shambolic Belgian GP F1 ‘Race’ With Their Exchange

Published 08/29/2021, 2:25 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates his first place on the podium REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


The 2021 Belgian GP is undeniably one of the most unexciting races in recent years, having lasted for 4 hours but only managing to complete 3 laps, under the safety car. Nevertheless, with the cars achieving the required number of laps to being classified, Max Verstappen went on to secure his 6th race win of the 2021 season.

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And Lando Norris couldn’t help but have a hilarious exchange with the Dutchman; The Briton congratulated Verstappen for winning the rather uneventful race at Spa.

What happened between Norris & Verstappen post Belgian GP?

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Verstappen and Norris were busy in the middle of their own respective interviews at the back of the paddock when Norris decided to congratulate Verstappen on the race win.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 General view of the safety car followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Great race, mate! Unbelievable driving,” Norris told Verstappen as the duo shook hands. Verstappen wasn’t going to give up on the Banter either.

Thanks mate! Yeah, it was really tough,” the Red Bull driver responded. But then arrived the cheeky final reply from that left both the drivers laughing hard. “I was catching you,” Norris said before the duo returned to minding their own businesses.

Over 3 hours into the race, the stewards shockingly decided to green-flag the session, as a huge roar arrived from the stands. However, the hopes soon fell short as, just 3 laps into the running behind the safety car, the red flags popped out again.

Ultimately, the realization struck that the stewards were only looking to bring a result into the race, and hence had to make sure that the cars complete a total of at least 3 laps.

Max Verstappen set for a strong home race?

For the first time, Verstappen will be competing in front of his home crowd next weekend at Zandvoort. Following the end of the race in Belgium, Verstappen is now trailing Lewis Hamilton by 3 points, with 199.5 points in the bag.

Hence, despite the limited running at Spa, Verstappen will be oozing with confidence and will be yearning to race in the Netherlands. But, the question is, how far will the tricky Zandvoort suit the Red Bull?

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates his first place on the podium REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Well, Zandvoort is a high-downforce circuit, and considering Red Bull’s immense pace at Hungaroring and Circuit Paul Ricard, it certainly looks like Verstappen could yet again lead the way over the upcoming race weekend as well.

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But, of course, it is too soon to neglect Mercedes’ threat, who have risen to the occasion often when it mattered.

Overall, with just 3 points separating the title contenders, is Verstappen on course to securing his 7th race win of the season and consecutively reclaiming the lead in the championship standings?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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