Lewis Hamilton cruises to Belgian Grand Prix win, stretches title lead

By: Reuters | Spa-francorchamps |

Updated: August 30, 2020 10:08:27 pm

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with champagne on the rostrum after profitable the Belgian Grand Prix. (Source: Reuters)

Lewis Hamilton prolonged his lead on the high of the general Formula standings with an unchallenged drive to victory in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The Briton, who began from pole and led each lap, crossed the road 8.4 seconds forward of staff mate Valtteri Bottas who gave Mercedes a one-two end.

Max Verstappen, taking his sixth consecutive podium end in his Red Bull, was third.

Hamilton’s win at a sunny Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Sunday, which left him two in need of Michael Schumacher’s document tally of 91 victories, was his fifth in seven races.

It lifted him 47 factors away from Verstappen within the general standings after 10 of this season’s 17 races. Bottas closed the hole to Verstappen however remained third.

Daniel Ricciardo, who took the additional level for quickest lap, completed fourth forward of staff mate Esteban Ocon who snatched fifth from Red Bull’s Alexander Albon on the ultimate lap.

Lando Norris, the only real McLaren within the race after staff mate Carlos Sainz failed to make the beginning due to an exhaust problem, was seventh forward of Pierre Gasly who scythed by means of the sector in his Toro Rosso on his exhausting compound tyres within the early laps.

The Racing Point pair of Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez rounded out the highest 10.

Ferrari, winners in Belgium for the final two years, completed out of the factors.

Already enduring a depressing weekend, their lack of velocity was laid naked down the Spa observe’s lengthy straights, with rivals choosing them off with ease.

Sebastian Vettel, as soon as once more questioning the staff’s technique, was thirteenth. Charles Leclerc, winner final yr from pole place, might do no higher than 14th.

The Italian staff’s type even drew a shake of the pinnacle from Sainz, who is ready to change Vettel on the Maranello-based squad subsequent season.

The race was largely incident-free aside from an early security automobile despatched out after a crash involving Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell in a Williams.

The Italian misplaced management of his automobile on the exit of the quick Fagnes chicane.

Russell, operating behind Giovinazzi, collected a unfastened wheel that got here off the Alfa Romeo, leaving particles strewn throughout the observe.

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