Red Bull celebrated Max Verstappen’s and Sergio Perez’s 1-2 victory at Spa-Francorchamps with a standard team photo, followed by champagne celebrations in front of its garage in the pitlane.
After the team members, including Verstappen and team principal Christian Horner, quickly moved away to avoid getting sprayed with champagne, the team’s pitboard accidentally fell and completely ruined their constructors’ trophy.
The mishap provided much entertainment within the Red Bull team, as Verstappen exclaimed with a smile to Horner, “Once again, it’s broken! The trophy is broken again!”
Red Bull has experienced another instance of their silverware being damaged during transportation to Milton Keynes. This occurred for the second consecutive week, following Lando Norris of McLaren accidentally breaking Max Verstappen’s trophy from the Hungarian Grand Prix while celebrating on the podium in Budapest.
Norris apologised for damaging the $45,000 trophy, which took six months to craft by hand, with the Hungarian GP organisers vowing to replace it with a new example.
The Belgian GP constructors’ trophy was collected on the podium by Greg Reeson, a valued garage technician at the squad.
After the race, prior to capturing the team photo, Horner expressed that Reeson symbolized the collective effort of the entire team in achieving Red Bull’s remarkable accomplishment of securing 12 consecutive victories in 2023.
Horner explained that today’s results are achieved through the collaboration of the team, which is why Greg, our garage technician responsible for tire maintenance, went to collect the constructors’ trophy.
Verstappen snared his eighth consecutive victory of the 2023 season, one shy of Sebastian Vettel’s all-time record of nine wins in a row in 2013, with a commanding drive at Spa.
After receiving a penalty that pushed him to start from sixth place, due to changing his fifth gearbox of the season, he managed to overtake Perez and secure the lead by the 17th lap. He then comfortably finished the race, winning the Belgian Grand Prix for the third time in a row with a 22-second advantage.
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari secured the third position, crossing the finish line 32 seconds later, as Formula 1 enters its summer hiatus.