Belgian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton completes historic weekend with win at Spa
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News August 27, 2017 Updated: 10:21 PM
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- After an historic pole position yesterday, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished out the weekend taking his 58th career win and holding off Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix.
“it’s an amazing feeling to come back into the season and start off on the right foot, being that the Ferraris obviously finished on the right foot going into the break but they’ve really put in a fantastic fight today. The speed and pace they had was very strong. There was not a point at which I would say that I could be comfortable. I think for both of us it was pushing every single lap, which is more like a sprint race, which was fun. That’s really how racing should be,” Hamilton said
Hamilton and Vettel went corner for corner with neither man making any mistakes. After the second Safety Car in the final stage of the race gave Vettel one last crack at Hamilton, but Hamilton looked in control throughout the race.
But yeah, I think overall it was a very good race. It was good fun. Obviously not that exciting probably to watch because we were very close but nothing happened but good fun in the car because I was waiting for him to maybe have an error he was probably waiting for me to have an error or an off but it didn’t happen so the quality was very high I thought, and very consistent lap times despite the tyres, I think, dropping lap by lap. But yeah, never really had a chance. Maybe half a chance, quarter of a chance but yeah, I think the positive thing is that we had very good race pace,” said Vettel.
Daniel Ricciardo took third by making use of the Safety Car. The restart allowed him to get in front of Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas.
It’s always a funny one here. We come in not so optimistic and even qualifying... I think even the year I won I don’t think I qualified too well but we seem to find some extra pace on Sunday and we put ourselves in a position or we take advantage of something and capitalise, so yeah, I’m really happy, y’know? Another podium’s always good,” said Ricciardo.
Vettel's teammate Kimi Raikkonen took fourth. He was able to overtake Bottas after the Safety Car leaving Bottas in fifth. Renault's Nico Hulkenberg had a strong finish for the French car manufacture in sixth ahead of Haas' Romain Grosjean in seventh.
Williams driver Felipe Massa also had a strong result as he clawed back from 16th to finish eighth and was delighted with his performance.
Force India's Esteban Ocon took ninth after having made contact with teammate Sergio Perez on the run down to Eau Rouge while Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz finished out the top ten. Massa's teammate Lance Stroll finished 11th with Sainz teammate Daniil Kvyat in 12th.
Jolyon Palmer finished 13th with home crowd favorite Stoffel Vandoorne in 14th. Grosjean teammate Kevin Magnussen crossed the line 15th with Sauber's Marcus Ericsson in 16th after his teammate Pascal Wehrlein dropped out due a suspension issue. Ocon's teammate Sergio Perez finished 17th after receiving a damage to his right rear tire from his contact with Ocon.
“This weekend was a difficult one for me. We had an issue with the suspension on my car so, unfortunately, I had to retire from the race. I am now focusing on the next race and looking forward to having a new opportunity for a better result at Monza,” said Wehrlein.
Max Verstappen was hoping to put on a good show for the 80,00 Dutch fans in attendance this weekend, but his race was cut short when his Red Bull stopped, forcing him to retire from the race.
Fernando Alonso looked to possibly pull out a good result, but his day ended with a retirement after the team discovered an engine issue during the race.
With seven races left in the season, the next round of the championship heads to Monza. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will continue their titanic battle.