Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix

August 30, 2020 1 By autotimesnews

The British Mercedes driver had a very confident race and further strengthened the overall lead.

On Sunday, August 30, the 7th stage of the Formula 1 World Championship took place. The race took place on one of the most picturesque tracks in the world, Spa-Francorchmann, in the Belgian Ardennes. The victory in the race was won by six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes, which started from pole position. The Briton started confidently and was in the lead until the very finish. The first half of the race was remembered for the appearance of the safety car on the track due to the accident of Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell. However, this did not affect the strong exchange of positions.

The second position was taken by Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes, while Max Verstappen from Red Bull closed the top three. It is this trio of riders who most often find themselves on the podium during the season. Now the gap between Hamilton and Verstappen has grown to 47 points. Thus, the seventh British league title is getting closer. The best lap of the race was shown by Daniel Riccardo and earned an extra point.

Note the excellent race of the Renault team – Daniel Riccardo finished 4th and Esteban Ocon crossed the finish line in 5th place. Behind them was Red Bull’s Alexander Albon, who lost 5th place on the last loop to Esteban Okon. Lando Norris of McLaren had a quiet race and crossed the finish line 7th.

Some pilots tried alternative tactics – Pierre Gasly from Alpha Tauri started on hard tires and switched to a softer line-up in the second half of the race.
Gasly played the first part of the race perfectly, playing 4 positions, but the safety car slightly confused the Frenchman’s cards. After a breakthrough at the end, Gasly finished 8th. Gasley beat Lance Stroll of Racing Point 1 lap to the finish with fresher tires. But in the case of Sergio Perez, the Racing Point team made a tactical mistake by not calling the Mexican to the pit stop during the safety car. Perez walked on a soft set of tires, which quickly wore out, as a result of which he had to call in to the mechanics a second time and break through the peloton again. As a result, Perez finished in 10th place and scored only 1 point.

The race for the legendary Ferrari team turned into a complete failure, the pilots of which could not compete for points. The race for Ferrari will be remembered for its constant tactical mistakes, as well as disputes between racers and engineers on the radio. We should also mention Kimi Raikkonen in Alfa Romeo, who had a good race despite finishing in 12th place. The track in Belgium is one of the Finn’s favorites – here he won 4 times, but now the car does not allow to fight for high places.