Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc dedicated his maiden F1 win to Anthoine Hubert, after fending off Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix!
The F1 paddock mourned over the death of French F2 driver Anthoine Hubert, after a huge crash at Radillon in yesterday’s feature race.
Leclerc raced Hubert in junior categories so it was clearly a very emotional 24 hours for the young Monegasque. However, he showed unbelievable character to take his first Formula One win.
Leclerc led Vettel off the line with Hamilton in 3rd. Ferrari then decided to roll the dice with an early pitstop for Vettel. However, the German’s tyres fell off the cliff resulting in a 2nd pitstop and a very disappointing 4th place finish.
This meant that Hamilton could chase down Leclerc but the Brit fell just short finishing nine tenths behind Leclerc. Hamilton’s teammate Valterri Bottas had a very quiet race but managed to sneak home a podium finish.
Max Verstappen had been on a very consistent run of twenty one consecutive point finishes. However, a risky move on Kimi Raikkonen at the first corner didn’t pay off with the Dutchman suffering suspension failure and retirement.
Verstappen’s new teammate Alexander Albon managed to bring home a very impressive 5th position, after a daring move on Sergio Perez on the last lap. It seemed that battle was for 6th position but McLaren’s Lando Norris suffered last lap heartache retiring from 5th position.
Elsewhere, Pierre Gasly managed to score points on his return to Torro Rosso in 9th.