F1 2017 Belgian Grand Prix Spa result: Lewis Hamilton wins
PUBLISHED: 14:30 27 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:26 27 August 2017
Wolfgang Wilhelm for Daimler AG
Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory in the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
The 32-year-old Mercedes racer from Hertfordshire took the chequered flag at Spa with another superb drive to cut Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead down to seven points.
Hamilton crossed the finish line ahead of Ferrari rival Vettel in second place in today’s race in Belgium.
Daniel Ricciardo claimed the third and final podium spot for Red Bull, with Kimi Raikkonen fourth for Ferrari.
Lewis’ silver Arrows team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished fifth in the provisional race results after losing a potential podium at the restart following a Safety Car period.
Having qualified on pole, Stevenage-born motor racing hero Hamilton held his advantage over Vettel off the start line and successfully went through La Source and Les Combes on the opening lap in the lead.
By lap three he held a 1.2s advantage over Vettel, with Silver Arrows colleague Bottas another 1.4s back.
A new fastest lap on lap 5 saw Hamilton pull 1.5s clear of his main Ferrari rival, while Bottas’ advantage over Kimi Raikkonen was 2.5s.
Hamilton was the first of the leading drivers to box for new tyres, coming in after 12 laps for fresh rubber.
He returned to the track in P4, with Bottas following him into the pits a lap later.
Hamilton nailed passing Raikkonen out of Eau Rouge, with the Finn then pitting for new tyres, with Bottas reclaiming third place. Raikkonen was also slapped with a Stop/Go penalty.
The gap between three-time world F1 champion and race leader Hamilton and Vettel was 0.9s by lap 18, with Bottas 5.7s further back and the fastest man out on track.
Hamilton responded with a lap of 1m 48.677s to Vettel’s 1m 49.238s to pull 1.5s clear on lap 19.
Bottas showed his class with a new fastest lap of 1m 48.616s on lap 24 as the Mercedes drivers held first and third places.
With 28 laps gone, Hamilton had stretched his lead back up to 1.8s, and it was ‘Hammertime’ for Lewis as ramped up the pace to push his advantage over Vettel to 2s a lap later.
However, with debris on the track following a collision between the two Force India cars, the Safety Car was deployed. Raikkonen headed straight into the pits and Hamilton also pitted for new soft tyres on lap 31 of 44.
Hamilton slammed the door on Vettel when the Safety Car came in after three laps, but Bottas went wide and was crowded out at the restart, being overtaken by both Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull and the Ferrari of Raikkonen.
Despite his Mercedes colleague dropping two places, race leader Hamilton carried on as before. He slammed in a new fastest lap to pull 1.2s ahead of Vettel.
After 37 of the 44 laps, Hamilton was 1.4s clear of Vettel, with Bottas, in P5, closing in on Raikkonen and Ricciardo.
In a tense finish, Vettel – the fastest man out on track – trimmed Hamilton’s advantage down to a 1.2s with three laps to go.
Hamilton responded to stretch the gap to 1.5s – and took the chequered flag a couple of laps later.