Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel dominated the Belgium Grand Prix to cut the gap to 17 points in the championship!
Hamilton led from the start into La Source but down the Kemmel Straight, Vettel slip-streamed the Mercedes to take the lead. All of this was overshadowed by a huge crash involving Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg and Charles Leclerc. Alonso went over the halo of Leclerc proving once again why it is in the sport. Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo were also involved and both would retire later on.
Despite all of these shenanigans, Vettel managed to maintain the gap to Hamilton and won by over 10 seconds in the end! Vettel now has surpassed Alain Prost with 52 Formula One race wins. Behind the 4 time world champions was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The Dutchman had a very lonely race after dispatching both Force India’s early on. Despite the lonely race, Verstappen was delighted to take his first podium at home!
No one expected to see Force India qualify 3rd and 4th, in qualifying. Today was to see if they could show any of that pace into strong points and they certainly did that! At one point, on lap 1, up the Kemmel Straight, Perez and Ocon were 4 wide with Hamilton and Vettel! They obviously couldn’t keep up with the Ferrari’s, Mercedes and Red Bull’s but Perez came home in 5th position and Esteban Ocon in 6th.
Valtteri Bottas started at the back but thanks to the early retirements and the speed of his Mercedes, he was able to come through to 4th position after passing Sergio Perez late on.
Elsewhere, Marcus Ericsson scored another point for Sauber in 10th after a very good battle with Torro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley.
The Top 10:
- Sebastian Vettel- Ferrari
- Lewis Hamilton- Mercedes
- Max Verstappen- Red Bull
- Valtteri Bottas- Mercedes
- Sergio Perez- Force India
- Esteban Ocon- Force India
- Romain Grosjean- Haas
- Kevin Magnussen- Haas
- Pierre Gasly- Torro Rosso
- Marcus Ericsson- Sauber