Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on Sunday swept to his fourth victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, leading home his team mate Valtteri Bottas as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took third to maintain his record of finishing on the podium at every race he’s been classified in this year.
Following his dominant pole on Saturday, Hamilton resisted the first lap slipstreaming contest down to Les Combes to hold onto the lead, before retaining it for all 44 laps to close out his fifth victory out of seven races this year. Bottas came home around eight seconds behind his team mate, with Verstappen a further seven seconds down the road.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo led home the team’s best finish of the year in fourth, crossing the line under four seconds behind Verstappen after some rapid final laps, with Esteban Ocon overtaking the Red Bull of Alex Albon on the final tour to take fifth, Albon just holding onto sixth from the McLaren of Lando Norris.
An impressive drive from Pierre Gasly saw him take eighth for AlphaTauri, while the final points were taken by the Racing Point pair of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez in P9 and P10 – with the Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finishing out of the points in P13 and P14 respectively.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was unable to take the race start after a power unit led to an exhaust issue, while there was a Safety Car after 11 laps of 44, after a big crash for Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi, with Williams’ George Russell arriving on the scene and hitting Giovinazzi’s wheel, which forced his own retirement – although both drivers were okay.
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s fourth Belgian Grand Prix win sees him draw equal with Jim Clark and Kimi Raikkonen on third in the all-time list for Spa victories, behind Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.
Formula 1 Rolex Belgian Grand Prix 2020
|1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes||1:24:08.761||25|
|2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes||+8.448s||18|
|3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing||+15.455s||15|
|4 Daniel Ricciardo Renault||+18.877s||13|
|5 Esteban Ocon Renault||+40.650s||10|
|6 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing||+42.712s||8|
|7 Lando Norris McLaren||+43.774s||6|
|8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri||+47.371s||4|
|9 Lance Stroll Racing Point||+52.603s||2|
|10 Sergio Perez Racing Point||+53.179s||1|