Belgian GP – Race: Vettel wins the start and the race
After a crazy start with a big accident and 5 drivers who got involved, the Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel smothly wins the race.
There wasn't any rain in the forecast and the weather was great the whole race. The Top 10 started the race on Supersofts meanwhile Sainz was the only one on Mediums with the rest of the field starting the race on Softs.
Right at the start of the race as they went into Turn 1 there was a heavy crash with Hulkenberg hitting Alonso. The McLaren driver then could not avoid going on to top of Leclerc. Luckily there was the Halo to safe Charles Leclerc from anything even worse. All three drivers are okay. Also involved in this incident were Kimi Raikkonen who got a puncture by hitting Ricciardo as the Red Bull driver got hit by Alonso. Both had to pit to change the damaged parts. While Ricciardo had to come to the box again he was a lap down already.
At the same time before the Safety Car went out Vettel passed Hamilton for the lead.
The restart on Lap 4 went all okay with Vettel staying in front of Hamilton and the Force Indias still on 3rd and 4th but they fastly got taken down by Verstappen three laps later.
On Lap 9 Kimi Raikkonen had to retire the car after he was in the box several times – because his DRS wing couldn't be closed has he later claimed in an interview.
As they went halfway through nothing spectacular happened but it should be mentioned that Bottas already made his way up to P8.
Also on Lap 22 Hamilton tried to undercut Vettel with a stop for Softs but that doesn't worked out for the Mercedes driver as Vettel stopped one Lap later and still came out in front of Hamilton. But the Ferrari driver clearly lost time as Lewis Hamilton was just 1.5 sec behind him.
With one Lap down Red Bull later decided to retire Ricciardo's car on Lap 30 as it didn't made sense to drive behind all of them.
The rest of the race went quiet calm as Vettel managed the gap to Hamilton and Verstappen running safely in 3rd. Just Bottas hunting down Perez for P4 with 3 laps to go. And after a great quali for the Force Indias they are running in the Top 5 all day. The Haas drivers should also not be forgotten as the made some good points today with 7th and 8th.
At the end of the race Sebastian Vettel clearly got the win with 11 sec in front of Hamilton. The last point with P10 secured himself Marcus Ericsson.
Here are the full results: