Another day, another record……this time it’s youngest ever driver to be on the front row of the grid. In Q3 of the Spa Francochamps qualifying session on Saturday 27th August 2016, Max set a lap time of 1:46.893 to produce his best qualifying position of his F1 career so far and he did it without any running in FP3 (which he had to sit out due to a gear box problem.)
Tickets to the Belgian GP had already sold like hotcakes before Max took P2- all the grandstands were sold out weeks ahead of the GP and ticket sales were up 25% on last year (itself a good year.) The Race Promoter (Andre Maes) had reported they were expecting 20,000 Dutch fans to attend the race. Since qualifying, however, an additional 9,000 tickets (presumably General Admission) have sold overnight. Unofficial reports put attendance on race day at between 85-100,000.
The race itself didn’t go according to plan as a chaotic first lap saw Max’s front wing damaged as he collided with the barrier at Le Source on one side and Kimi Raikkonen on the other. Two more incidents with RAI did nothing to enhance the already delicate relationship between these two drivers (the youngest and oldest on the grid.) No points this week for the Boy Wonder but we have back to back races, with Monza in a few days time and Max maintained his P6 in the driver standings.
Max also launched his new app and his new logo this week, with corresponding memorabilia to boot…..talking of which there was also a limited edition pair of orange racing boots available, designed for the Belgian GP.