'Return of the Jedi Knight' Lewis Hamilton Takes the Win at Spa
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News August 23, 2015
Photo/ Mercedes F1
With six Grand Prix wins for the season, and a 28-point championship lead over teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton returned to the second half of the F1 season focused like a "Jedi Knight".
Things got off to a rough start as drivers went on their formation lap to get into grid position, Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg lost power and had to abort, forcing drivers around the track for a second, formation. Once the race started, pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton with Mercedes AMG immediately got out in front and pulled away from the pack, followed by Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez. The unusually aggressive Perez tried to jockey for first position with race leader Lewis Hamilton, but Hamilton was not having it.
By lap-three, it was Hamilton, Perez, Ricciardo, but by the end of the race it was championship leader Lewis Hamilton, followed by Nico Rosberg, who was followed by Romain Grosjean, in third.
By lap seven, the young Russian, Daniil Kvyat, who started 12th, had moved up to eighth, and by the end of the race, finished fourth. This was the second time Daniil Kvyat, had finished in the top four. Another remarkable finish was by Mexican, Sergio Perez, who came in fifth, making this his best finish for the season.
Both Finnish drivers, Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas, had their share of problems on the track, but they were still able to finish in the top ten. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen came in seventh and, in spite of a mistake made by Williams-Martini, Valtteri Bottas finished ninth. During a Williams pit stop, the tire technician put mixed tire compounds on his car, forcing him to return to the pits for a correction, causing him to be hit with a drive thru penalty, and costing him several positions in the race.
With less than two laps left in the race, four-time German champion Sebastian Vettel’s right rear tire blew out, giving Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, a well-deserved third place podium finish. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Max Verstappen, with Toro Rosso, took a last lap fight to Kimi Raikkonen, in an effort to take seventh position from the veteran driver, but could not complete the task. Fans have been saying, “be patient Max, this is your first year and you are doing a great job.”
Born in Belgium raised Dutch, Max Verstappen is the youngest driver in Formula One, He has finished in the points four times this season. Time is on his side.