Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes took a very narrow victory over
Sebastian Vettel in the Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix held on August 27,
2017, thereby cutting down the Ferrari driver’s championship lead from 14 to
seven points. A mere 2.3 seconds separated the title rivals at the chequered
flag, as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo secured an unexpected podium with a third
place at Spa-Francorchamps.
This also was also the 200th
race of his career, as Lewis took his 58th career victory, his third at the
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and fifth of the 2017 season. His team mate Valtteri
Bottas finished in fifth position. The results also marks the 71st victory for
the Mercedes-AMG Silver Arrows in Formula One. Lewis is now with 213 points,
while Sebastian Vettel is at 220 points.
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport with 392 points lead Ferrari which is
at 348 points by 44 points in the Constructors’ Championship. Andrew Shovlin,
Trackside Engineering Director, accepted the Constructors’ trophy after the
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Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari was
fourth, while Nico Hulkenberg scored his third sixth place of the year for
Renault, followed home by Romain Grosjean of Haas and Felipe Massa of Williams.
For Force India, it was a terrible day with Esteban Ocon having survived
contact with his team mate Sergio Perez not once but twice in two separate
clashes on the run down to Eau Rouge. Ocon came in 9th, while Toro
Rosso’s Carlos Sainz completed the top ten.
Ocon and Perez had rubbed
wheels (and in Ocon’s case the wall) going down the hill to Eau Rouge on the
opening lap. The safety car was brought out on the 30th lap when Perez had
again squeezed his team mate towards the old pit wall, and they made firmer
contact. Perez sustained a punctured right-rear tyre, while Ocon lost a chunk
of his front wing. Perez’s car was withdrawn late in the race, joining
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Verstappen and Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein on the
retirements list. Max Verstappen of Red Bull unfortunately lasted only seven
laps before coasting to a halt partway up the Kemmel straight with power loss.
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