F1: McLaren boss hails Hamilton’s ‘utterly brilliant’ Belgian Grand Prix victory

LEWIS Hamilton’s team boss has described his victory in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix as “utterly brilliant”.

The 25-year-old Formula 1 driver from Herts recorded his third grand prix win of the season – and 14th of his short career – around the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in changeable weather conditions.

It was another sparkling display by the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes man in the rain, as his team principal was quick to point out.

Having seen his young charger from Tewin take the chequered flag in supreme style, McLaren supremo Martin Whitmarsh said: “There’s no doubt about it: today we saw a truly fantastic race and an utterly brilliant victory.

“Apart from one heart-stopping excursion, Lewis was in command of things from lights to flag, and drove prodigiously well all afternoon – all weekend, in fact.

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“From the moment he went out on Friday morning, he was palpably excited about being here at Spa, and it was clear that he always felt confident that a win was on the cards.

“He really is at the top of his game at the moment.”

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Sunday’s victory lifted Hamilton three points clear of Red Bull rival Mark Webber in the chase for the F1 world title with six races to go.

Winning at Spa also completed another of Hamilton’s ambitions, having already taken the chequered flag at classic venues such as Monaco and Silverstone.

He said: “After the DNF in Hungary, this last push in the championship couldn’t have started better for me; this victory was the perfect way to bounce back.

“Spa is always one of the most challenging races on the calendar, and I’m ecstatic that I’m now able to tick it off and say that I’ve won here.”

Despite having won 13 grands prix before Sunday’s success, Hamilton added: “It almost feels like this is my first win – it’s just phenomenal!”

Hamilton will be looking to add Monza to the list of tracks he’s won at next when the 2010 Italian Grand Prix takes place on September 12.

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