Lewis Hamilton wins the Belgian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton has closed his gap to Sebastian Vettel to seven points after winning the Belgian Grand Prix on 27th of August.
It was Hamilton’s 200th race, which was one of the most intense that led to his win. The Briton was holding off in the front, with Vettel a couple of seconds behind him, however, in the last laps the safety car rolled out leaving him in a dangerous situation. After the Force India’s Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon crashed again – a similar situation could be seen at the Baku Grand Prix, the safety car period allowed everybody to make a pit stop. Hamilton put on the soft tyres, while Vettel the ultra-soft. It was a critical moment as Vettel had more advantage with the ultra-softs, accelerating right behind Hamilton, getting ready to pass, but the Briton managed to be faster after dodging his attacks. The race ended with Hamilton’s win, and it looked like even if Vettel had more advantage, it would have been an unlikely victory.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished third after passing Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who finished fifth after being passed by Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. In Bottas’ case, the safety car period had a more unpleasant impact, as he was tailing Vettel before, but lost ground to the two drivers after.
Max Verstappen could not make it this time, retiring with a failed engine on the eighth lap. McLaren’s Fernando Alonso was in a similar situation, finishing his course by the lap 25.
The racers will meet next at the Monza track at the Italy Grand Prix. Hamilton has increased his chances to reach the top by winning this race, and Monza could be another good opportunity to get the points, before the Singapore Grand Prix, where the odds would be more on Vettel’s side.
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