Such a behaviour shown in SPA, it was not welcomed by the Austrian who claims he will talk with his father Jos:
He crossed the line. It is too much
Niki Lauda is resolute commenting about Max Verstappen and his actions when driving during the race. He believes the Dutch pilot was not correct and dangerous. In his view that movement on Kemmel’s straight line to deliberately block Raikkonen, it was an intentional movement but nobody did nothing. SPA was the third movement of a personal battle between Kimi and Max. Just in Spain this battle was done with common sense. In Hungary and Belgium the battle broke any limit, Lauda thinks it is time to act:
This aggressive way to drive, those movements: he can not do it. He already did such a thing in Hungary, he can not change line every single moment. Kimi and his complains are absolutely right. When Verstappen said kimi is guilty and it is not his fault, he should be commited into a mental hospital. Pilots should not endanger their lifes without a reason
Lauda is not someone who loves to talk and just create a polemic. His wise comments are an important signal of what it is going on in F1:
I will talk with his father and I know exactly what I will say… He should talk with the boy and tell him, he crossed the line. It is not necessary to do it. It is time for him to grow-up because with those mistakes he will never win a championship
The German pilot was capable to achieve his first victory in Belgium at the end of a perfect week-end. Sometimes everything is going wrong while sometimes everything is fine. This time, Nico Rosberg was paid back to balance that black week-end in Hockenheim obtaining a perfect victory in SPA-Francochamps. His first victory in Belgium, it is as well as his twentith as Mercedes’ driver.
A perfect start allowed him to turn the first corner before everybody, while behind the first round was going on among the Ferraris and Max Verstappen. Everything was perfect until Hamilton started an incredible recovery finishing third after a start from the 21 position on the pit-lane. At the end, Rosberg was quite happy and ready for the next race:
It is a special day. It is very nice to win on this incredible track but having Lewis forced to start so behind, it made anything more comfortable. During next race in Monza, we will start once again the battle. We were in a great position along the entire week-end. It was perfect! There is no comment to make, our car was really fast and I am very happy about everything
One man not very sure to be on the podium (like anybody to be frank), it is Hamilton. His recovery, it was so good that this third place allowed him to lead the final list and to have 9 points of advantage on the second place:
Yes, I am pretty satisfied. After start I wanted just to avoid any collision or damage but once there was no traffic, I noticed the car was very fast and I was able to recover positions quite easily. I am happy but today Rosberg was in a better situation
Another one, very happy about this race it is our Daniel. A second place and a nice position on the podium gave him a big smile. Mark Webber decided to celebrate this result with a nice “Shoey”. This is the Australian tradition to drink a toast from a shoe, it is actually an old German tradition introduced in Australia from some immigrants. It is a pity that shoe was not his own, like this tradition asks to do but it was funny to see Ricciardo’s shoe, used to perform a GP, like a disposable paper cup: It might be the sweat gave a pleasant-tasting to the champagne.