F1 results: Sprint classification from the Belgian Grand Prix

Henry Valantine
Oscar Piastri after the sprint shootout. Belgium July 2023. F1 results

McLaren driver Oscar Piastri adjusts his equipment after taking a front-row grid slot for the sprint. Spa July 2023.

It’s a busy weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, and the F1 results are in from the Sprint as rain began to fall just before the session started.

A hotly-contested Sprint Shootout in the morning saw the top three drivers on the grid separated by only 0.025s on a drying circuit at Spa-Francorchamps, with Max Verstappen edging clear of Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz.

The 15-lap dash around the famed Belgian circuit would follow with World Championship points up for grabs for the top eight finishers, eight points for the winner down to one for eighth place.

The start was understandably delayed as a downpour came over the circuit in the moments before the scheduled start, with drains overflowing at Eau Rouge.

But following several laps behind the Safety Car, the race was able to get underway and a stop for intermediates one lap before the race leader saw Piastri able to leapfrog Verstappen in the pits.

The Safety Car came back out after Fernando Alonso crashed out, with Verstappen able to close back up and get back past the McLaren driver once again.

Lewis Hamilton was penalised after a collision with Sergio Perez, dropping down from fourth to seventh at the chequered flag.

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F1 results: 2023 Belgian Grand Prix Sprint

1 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing
2 Oscar PIASTRI McLaren +6.677
3 Pierre GASLY Alpine +10.733
4 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +12.648
5 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +15.016
6 Lando NORRIS McLaren +16.052
7 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +16.757
8 George RUSSELL Mercedes +16.822
9 Esteban OCON Alpine +22.410
10 Daniel RICCIARDO AlphaTauri +22.806
11 Lance STROLL Aston Martin +25.007
12 Alexander ALBON Williams +26.303
13 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo +27.006
14 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team +32.986
15 Guanyu ZHOU Alfa Romeo +36.342
16 Logan SARGEANT Williams +37.571
17 Nico HULKENBERG Haas F1 Team +37.827
18 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri +39.267
19 Sergio PEREZ Red Bull Racing DNF
20 Fernando ALONSO Aston Martin DNF

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