Miércoles, 20 Setiembre, 2017


Hamilton Dismisses Vettel Mercedes Move

Hamilton Dismisses Vettel Mercedes Move Hamilton Dismisses Vettel Mercedes Move
Alarico Blandon | Setiembre 06, 2017, 02:18

Following several botches to his race including a late safety vehicle and severe tire disadvantage to Sebastian Vettel during the latter part of the race, Lewis Hamilton still manages to secure the win for this year's Belgian Grand Prix.

Though what must be taken into consideration, is that Red Bull still have time to regain its competitive mojo and do enough to provide Verstappen and Ricciardo with a vehicle that is capable of challenging Mercedes AMG and Ferrari.

After that comes Singapore, a city track that should favour Ferrari and hence help Vettel to gain the upper hand again in a season that looks likely to remain open all the way to Abu Dhabi in November.

It would have been nice to at least be on the podium and score good points for us as a team.

There was misery, too, for McLaren's Fernando Alonso who parked his vehicle after 27 laps with another apparent Honda engine failure.

The start of the race was devoid of incidents for the top dogs.

But Hamilton's victory, his fifth of this see-saw campaign, came under threat with 14 laps remaining after veteran race official Charlie Whiting deployed a safety vehicle following a collision between Force India team-mates Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. Verstappen had yet another day to forget as his Red Bull engine gave way on the eighth lap, which led to his sixth retirement in 12 races this year.

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A ideal restart allowed Vettel to draw right up toward Hamilton's diffuser on the run down to Eau Rouge, only for the German to get too close and have to ease off, costing him straight line speed that may have allowed him to pass at the end of the Kemmel Straight.

Raikkonen's latest deal only covers 2018, meaning a vacancy could emerge at Ferrari in 18 months' time. That was not to be however as Hamilton made light work of Raikkonen soon after Vettel had made his pitstop. It meant that the safety auto came out, and with it, a change of tyres for the top drivers.

On the 30th lap, Perez and Ocon came into contact, when Ocon attempted to pass Perez on the run down to Eau Rouge.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the 2017 Belgian GP at Spa Francorchamps. For nearly the entire race, Vettel had stayed less than two seconds behind Hamilton.

Mercedes have a 44-point lead over second-placed Ferrari following the weekend's race.

The news Sebastian Vettel had chosen to re-sign for Ferrari was not a surprise.

"Maybe there really was debris on the track and it was not safe to continue the race", he said. Ricciardo performed some "shoeysh" magic of his own to end up third.