Verstappen scores a double win at Spa
Max Verstappen crowned his nearly perfect Saturday at Spa-Francorchamps scoring two spectacular victories. The 16-year-old Dutchman in Race 1 claimed a flag-to-flag win in front of Lucas Aeuer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Jake Dennis (Carlin).
Verstappen moved up into the lead at an early stage and didn’t lose his position after a safety car intervention. The safety car was deployed on lap six after 16-year-old newcomer Santino Ferrucci (Eurointernational) and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) had collided and retired.
Dennis overtook Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) for third on the final lap and got to climb on the podium. The Swede dropped back as far as seventh due to a broken fuel pump. Tom Blomqvist (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) claimed fourth place from Antonio Fuoco and Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing), who scored his best result of the season in sixth place.
In Race 2 Menezes took the lead from pole position, but Verstappen and Esteban Ocon managed to overtake him on the opening lap. While the first two places were occupied, there was a huge battle for third. Menezes had to give his third place to Félix Serrallés (Team West-Tec F3) for a while, but claimed it back two laps later. On lap nine, Serrallés collided with Auer (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) in the battle for fourth and both drivers retired. Thus, Rosenqvist moved up into fourth place and safely drove this position home. Due to the incident involving Serrallés and Auer, the safety car was deployed.
After the restart, Tatiana Calderón, who was fifth, had to defend her place from John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec Motorsports). The Columbian was successful and took the chequered flag in fifth place soon after that. Behind her and Dennis, Alexander Toril (ThreeBond with T-Sport) and Bryant-Meisner collided just before the end of the race. As a result, Nicholas Latifi (Prema Powerteam), Blomqvist, Giovinazzi and Jordan King (Carlin) moved up into seventh to tenth place.