Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton the Belgian Grand Prix to take his fifth victory in seven races this year and the 89th of his career. Hamilton finished ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas to a Mercedes one-two, with Max Verstappen coming in third place. The victory puts Hamilton 47 points, nearly two wins ahead of Verstappen in the championship.At the moment, the Briton is two wins away from Michael Schumacher’s all-time record and set to equal his seven titles if he is successful in this campaign.
The drivers’ verdict
Lewis Hamilton: “It wasn’t the easiest of races. I had a lock up into Turn 5 which started it give a bit of vibration and the tyre temps were slowly dropping. I am 35 going towards 36 but I feel better than ever. That is a positive and I am really grateful to the team.
Valtteri Bottas: “Of course at the start it would have been a good opportunity, but Lewis played it well and I couldn’t really get momentum. I think Lewis was faultless today and yesterday he was quick. It was a clean weekend for me. I’m just happy there’s an opportunity again next weekend.”
Max Verstappen: “It was pretty boring. Not much to do. I couldn’t keep up with them when they start pushing. The last eight laps I was just backing it out and saving the tyres. It was not really enjoyable out there today. It was a bit lonely.”
Hamilton paid tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, star of the Marvel movie Black Panther, who has passed away from cancer. The next race will be in Italy at Monza. Hamilton is currently on a great streak and Ferrari could be even worse shape than they were at Spa. Lewis displayed total dominance in his performance as Bottas dubbed his race as ‘faultless’.