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Three, it’s a magic number……..
Max and Kimi are the youngest and oldest drivers on the grid: well they do say opposites attract, but not necessarily in a good way in this case. What IS going on here? Not for the first time this season Max and Kimi have tried to be in the same place at the same time, and again, not in a good way.
Not one, or two but three incidents between Max and Kimi in the race at Spa.
The first was arguably the most dramatic (but not the most dangerous). It involved a three way crunch between VET, RAI and VES on the entry to Le Source. It is a pretty short (271m) run to this first corner and has been the scene of some messy incidents. Ros was on pole with VES, RAI and VET in Ps 2,3 &4. VET (as has often been the case this season) got off to a good start, leapfrogging RAI and VES for P2 into T1. VET, from the outside turned sharply into Le Source ahead of Rai in P3 and VES in P4 and initially made contact with RAI, sending VET into a spin. VES was off the track on the inside and then forced RAI wide on the exit. Net result: three damaged cars, three unhappy drivers.
The second incident between Kimi and Max was on L12, with VES in P14 and Rai in P15. RAI overtook VES but VES came back under breaking, contact was made (again), VES was slightly off track, RAI fully off and re entered the track ahead of VES. Leaving the track was seen as giving RAI an unfair advantage, so he had to give the place back to VES.
The third incident happened on L13 when, at full speed, with his DRS flaps open, Rai moved to the right to pass VES. Once RAI had started his maneuver, VES defended his position and also moved right. RAI narrowly escaped rear ending VES by braking hard. The air turned a lighter shade of blue in that moment as RAI made his opinion known.
So, who was right, who was wrong or were they just racing incidents?………after all, no penalties were handed out (or was that another misjudgment by the stewards?) Is the inexperience of The Wonder Kid Max Verstappen beginning to show, or is his brilliance of driving on the limit shining through? Please make your feelings known in the comments below……………..