Lewis Hamilton confidently wins at Spa
Lewis Hamilton is the winner of Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Championship leader beat his teammate Nico Rosberg again, while Romain Grosjean won third in his Lotus confirming excellent form throughout whole weekend.
As in Hungary, we could see an aborted start after Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India suffered a failure, so he had to retire before the start. Carlos Sainz also lost power and had to pit, but he joined racing after two laps. So, we had 18 cars in the starting grid, and the start was one of the most exciting this season.
Lewis Hamilton kept the lead despite Sergio Perez taking him on at turn 5, while Daniel Ricciardo jumped to third pushing Nico Rosberg down to fifth, and Romain Grosjean to eighth place. Mercedes’ German driver soon magaed to go up to fourth, leaving Sebastian Vettel fifth. In the meantime, Pastor Maldonado was forced to retire due to engine failure of his Lotus.
Interestingly, many drivers went into pits before tenth lap, but that didn’t cause big shuffle in the standings. Vettel took the lead for short, but Hamilton moved up quickly as Ferrari driver went into the pits. After 15 laps, reigning champion had 3.4 seconds advantage ahead of his teammate Rosberg, while Perez, Ricciardo, Grosjean and Vettel were more than 11 seconds behind the Mercedes pair.
Romain Grosjean had some excellent moments as he moved up to places in two lap after overtaking Ricciardo and then Perez to claim third place after a half of the race. Red Bull’s Australian and last year’s winner was then forced to retire as his car stopped at the track losing hydraulics, which caused a virtual safety car.
Rosberg slightly reduced the gap when racing was resumed, while Perez lost a few positions as he decided to pit under yellow flags. But, Hamilton looked very well and quickly went to almost five seconds advantage and after finishing his second pit-stop, with 11 laps to go, it was obvious that only potential shower could stop him.
In the last few laps, the battle for third between Vettel and Grosjean was the most interesting, as Lotus driver pushed hard, but former champion defended well and was on the way to win a place at the podium, but in the penultimate lap right rear tyre of his Ferrari exploded.
Lewis Hamlton clinched his sixth win in the season, again ahead of Rosberg, while Romain Grosjean was third in what is his first podium win this season. Daniil Kvyat could be very happy with fourth place, while Sergio Perez had to settle with fifth.
Remaining points were won by Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Marcus Ericsson.