LEWIS HAMILTION HOLDS OFF LATE CHARGE TO WIN BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
It was a lights to flag victory for Lewis Hamilton in his 200th Grand Prix race at the Belgian Grand Prix.
The race looked to be a complete domination by the Mercedes driver after the first round of pit stops. However, the appearance of the Safety Car, after contact between the two Force India’s on Lap 29, brought Sebastian Vettel back into the race.
The battle between two Force India’s, who had been close all race, boiled over when Sergio Perez pushed Esteban Ocon towards the wall on the straight. The two cars made contact, puncturing the rear tyre of Perez’s car and damaging the front wing of Ocon’s car, littering the track in debris.
Ferrari then brought Vettel into the pits under the Safety Car to switch over to the Ultra Soft tyre for the last few laps of the race. This allowed him to take the fight right up to Hamilton, who was on the harder Soft tyre, on the restart. Hamilton put up a good fight and managed to hold off the pressure to take a comfortable win by the end of the race.
Aussie Daniel Ricciardo, who also stopped for Ultra Soft tyres under the Safety Car, pulled off a stunning move on the restart to get past Valtteri Bottas and hold off a move by Kimi Raikkonen as the went three wide down the Kemmel Straight to elevate the Red Bull driver on to the final step on the podium. Raikkonen took fourth with Bottas dropping back to fifth.
Formula 1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Results
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||44||10.791s|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||44||23h35m17.s|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||44||23h35m17.s|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||44||23h35m17.s|
|17||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||42||Not running|
|DNF||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||7||Retirement|
Formula 1 – Championship Standings
We’ll have a more details analysis of the Belgian Grand Prix in the next issue of Auto Action magazine. In the meantime follow us on social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest updates.
Date posted: August 28, 2017