Red Bull‘s motorsport team garnered attention after scoring a one-two victory on the challenging Spa-Francorchamps racetrack, with renowned racers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez leading the pack. The win was celebrated in traditional style, with a team photo marking the occasion before moving on to a Champagne-doused celebration in front of their pitlane garage.
In a mood-lifting interlude during the festivities, the team’s pitboard inadvertently destroyed their hard-earned constructors’ trophy. Key team members like Verstappen and Team Principal Christian Horner, who had tactfully evaded the champagne splash, could only watch in amusement as the incident unfolded. Verstappen, in particular, seemed to take the misadventure in stride, commenting, “It’s broken again, the trophy is broken again!” with a humorous edge in his voice.
Interestingly, this was not Red Bull‘s first encounter with trophy turmoil. In the previous week, Lando Norris of McLaren accidentally damaged Verstappen‘s Hungarian Grand Prix victory trophy during celebrations on the Budapest podium. The damage caused to the $45,000 handcrafted trophy prompted Norris to apologise and the Hungarian GP organisers to promise a replacement.
The Spa-Francorchamps constructors’ trophy was initially received on the podium by Greg Reeson, a highly esteemed garage technician part of the Red Bull team. Team Principal Horner, speaking ahead of the group photograph but after race conclusion, expounded that Reeson’s representation was symbolic of the larger team effort behind Red Bull‘s 2023 winning streak of 12 consecutive victories.
Horner explained, “Results like today are the combination of teamwork and that’s why you guys have seen Greg, our garage technician that looks after all the tyres in the garage, to go and get the constructors’ trophy today.”
The Spa-Francorchamps race marked Verstappen‘s eighth consecutive win in the 2023 racing season, just a stone’s throw away from breaking Sebastian Vettel‘s record of nine consecutive wins in 2013. His victory displayed a stellar performance, which saw him famously overtake Perez by the 17th lap and cruise to his third consecutive Belgian Grand Prix finish with a 22-second lead.