Lewis Hamilton saw off Sebastian Vettel’s challenge to cut the German’s lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship to just seven points. The Briton has now won 58 of the 200 Grand Prix he has competed in with three victories in Spa.
Following Force India teammates Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon’s collision, the safety car was deployed for debris on the track. This move which blew the race wide open as just five seconds separated the top five drivers before Hamilton and Vettel pulled away clear.
The German began to put the pressure on Hamilton but a sturdy drive meant a real challenge for first place never really unfolded. In spite of plenty of squandered points in Spa, Force India’s fourth place in the standings doesn’t look under threat but Chief Operating Officer, Otmar Szafnauer, said he would no longer allow his drivers to race.
A frustrated Max Verstappen was forced to retire for the sixth time in 12 races this season – causing him to question the reliability of his car. The Dutch driver, born in Belgium, waved to big gang of fans decked in orange who had traveled with full of optimism from Holland.
However, it was a different story for Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who made a scintillating restart after the safety car to leap from fifth place to third and take the final podium place.