Belgian Race Round 11

Read on as Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes wins the Belgium grand prix.

Lewis Hamilton eases to victory ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean for Lotus in 3rd.

Formation Lap

For the rest of the season the drivers are not permitted talk to their engineers during the formation lap only if there is something wrong with the car. Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz reported problems with their cars. Hulkenberg stalled on the grid and another formation lap was required, he did not start the race. Sainz came into the pits before the race. He did race but was 2 laps down and retired.

Race

Everyone was eager to test out the new starting procedures and the McLaren’s of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button got the better start, Nico Rosberg bogged down and was 5th by turn 1 and Lewis Hamilton kept his lead ahead of Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Valterri Bottas and Nico Rosberg.

Lap 2 and Rosberg passes Bottas for 4th and Sebastian Vettel follows through. Lap 3, Sainz makes it back out but is already 1 lap down. Lap 4, Pastor Maldonado is slowing after he runs wide at the top of Eau Rouge, he pits the next lap and is out.

Lap 8 and Ricciardo is the first car to pit and he goes onto the Medium tyre as Romain Grosjean passes Bottas for 5th. Perez pits on lap 9 and goes onto the Soft tyre and comes out behind Ricciardo. Lap 10 and Kvyat, Massa, Grosjean and Vestappen pit. Kvyat and Massa goes onto the Medium tyre as Grosjean and Verstappen goes onto the Soft tyre. Lap 12, Perez gets back past Ricciardo.

Rosberg pits on lap 13 for Mediums while Bottas is under investigation for having the wrong tyres on. He has got 3 Medium and 1 Soft tyres on. Race leader, Hamilton pits on lap 14 for Mediums and still leads ahead of Rosberg. Vettel pits on lap 15 for Mediums as Bottas is given a drive through penalty for having the wrong tyres fitted. Bottas takes the penalty the next lap.

Grosjean is flying as he passes Ricciardo on lap 16 then Perez on lap 20. Lap 21, Ricciardo slows to a halt just out of the chicane, that brings out the Virtual Safety Car and Perez pits onto the Medium tyre. Lap 22, Massa, Grosjean and Raikkonen pit and all go onto the Medium tyre. The Virtual Safety Car ends as Ricciardo’s car is cleared by the Marshals.

Kvyat pits on lap 28 for Softs, Hamilton pits on lap 31 for Softs, Rosberg pits on lap 32 for Softs and Vestappen pits on lap 33 for Softs as well. Lap 35, Sainz is 2 laps down and the team decide to save the car and retiring. After pitting on lap 28 the tyres for Kvyat have come alive as he passes Massa then Perez the next lap.

Lap after lap, Grosjean has been catching the one stopping Ferrari of Vettel in 3rd at four tenths a lap. Lap 42 and Grosjean is in DRS range as Vettel’s left rear tyres explodes! Grosjean is gifted 3rd as Vettel coasts back to the pits. Hamilton wins ahead of Rosberg and Grosjean.

After the Race, Vettel is Furious. He was 1 lap away from the finish, managing to hold off Grosjean and the only car to make a 1 stop. Bear in mind on Friday Practise 2, Rosberg had a Left rear tyre failure as well. Vettel blames Pirelli.

Race Result

1.Hamilton  2.Rosberg  3.Grosjean  4.Kvyat  5.Perez  6.Massa  7.Raikkonen  8.Verstappen  9.Bottas  10.Ericsson  11.Nasr  12.Vettel  13.Alonso  14.Button  15.Merhi  16.Stevens  DNF Sainz, Ricciardo, Maldonado, Hulkenberg

I’m so Happy for Grosjean and Lotus as they return to the podium after the finanical trouble so far. Great drives for Kvyat, Perez and Verstappen i thought. I was disappointed by Williams and McLaren. Williams should have had been closer to the podium as McLaren and the upgrade. We have to ask, did McLaren bring an update here, it did not show!

Drivers Championship

1.Hamilton 227 Pts  2.Rosberg 199 Pts  3.Vettel 160 Pts  4.Raikkonen 82 Pts  5.Massa 82 Pts

Constructors Championship

1.Mercedes 426 Pts  2.Ferrari 242 Pts  3.Williams 161 Pts  4.Red Bull 108 Pts  5.Lotus 50 Pts

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