Max Verstappen and Red Bull continued their dominance of the 2023 Formula 1 season with a victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. Verstappen started the race in sixth place, but he quickly made his way to the front and led for the majority of the race. His teammate Sergio Perez finished second, giving Red Bull its fifth 1-2 finish of the season.
With the victory, Verstappen extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship to 40 points over Charles Leclerc. Perez is third in the standings, 46 points behind Verstappen.
Mercedes is the only other team that has been able to challenge Red Bull this season. George Russell finished third in Belgium, while Lewis Hamilton was fourth. However, Mercedes is still struggling to match Red Bull's pace, and the team is 64 points behind Red Bull in the Constructors' Championship.
The Formula 1 season is now on its summer break, and it will return in August. The next race is on Saturday, August 27th in the Netherlands for the Dutch Grand Prix. The race will be held at Zandvoort, which is Verstappen's home track.
Fans in the United States can watch the Dutch Grand Prix on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The race will also be streamed live on ESPN+.
Here are the current standings in the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships:
Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 224 points
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) - 184 points
Sergio Perez (Red Bull) - 144 points
George Russell (Mercedes) - 128 points
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 109 points
Red Bull - 368 points
Ferrari - 278 points
Mercedes - 214 points
McLaren - 65 points
Alpine - 64 points
The next race is the Dutch Grand Prix on Saturday, August 27th.