Spa-Francorchamps - Two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in this
year's title race to 28 points when he claimed a near-flawless victory
ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the Belgian Grand Prix at
Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.
Starting from his 10th pole position
of the season and sixth in succession, the 30-year-old Briton dominated
with some ease as he finished a controlled 2.058 seconds clear of the
Hamilton now has 227 points and Rosberg 199.
Hamilton's second victory at the Belgian race - his previous for
McLaren in 2010 - his sixth of the season and the 39th of his career.
His 80th podium finish equalled the mark of the late great Ayrton Senna.
champion German Sebastian Vettel looked likely to finish third for
Ferrari, in their 900th Grand Prix race, until he suffered a right rear
tyre failure on the penultimate lap, as the team risked running him on a
That spectacular incident ensured that
Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who had mounted a thrilling attack for Lotus
in the final laps, took third place in an enthralling race.
Grosjean's first podium of the season for the troubled Lotus team, that
has faced severe financial problems, and his first podium since the
2013 United States Grand Prix.
Russian Daniil Kvyat followed up
his podium finish in Hungary with a bold drive to fourth for Red Bull
ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India, Brazilian Felipe Massa of
Williams and Finn Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari.
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen thrilled his fans in a big crowd by
driving from 16th on the grid to take eighth place for Toro Rosso ahead
of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Williams and Swede Marcus Ericsson of Sauber.
Results from Formula One Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday:
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1hr 23min 40.387sec, 2. Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) at 2.058sec, 3. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus) 37.988, 4. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Red Bull) 45.692, 5. Sergio Perez (MEX/Force India) 53.997, 6. Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams) 55.283, 7. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 55.703, 8. Max Verstappen (NED/Toro Rosso) 56.076, 9. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams) 1min 01.040sec, 10. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber AG) 1:31.234, 11. Felipe Nasr (BRA/Sauber AG) 1:42.311, 12. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1 lap, 13. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren) 1 lap, 14. Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren) 1 lap, 15. Roberto Merhi (ESP/Marussia) 1 lap, 16. Will Stevens (GBR/Marussia) 1 lap
Did not finish
Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Force India) 1st lap, Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Lotus) 2nd lap, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 22nd lap, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso) 33rd lap
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 227pts, 2. Nico Rosberg (GER) 199, 3. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 160, 4. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) 82, 5. Felipe Massa (BRA) 82, 6. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 79, 7. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) 57, 8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 51, 9. Romain Grosjean (FRA) 38, 10. Max Verstappen (NED) 26, 11. Sergio Perez (MEX) 25, 12. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) 24, 13. Felipe Nasr (BRA) 16, 14. Pastor Maldonado (VEN) 12, 15. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 11, 16. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 9, 17. Marcus Ericsson (SWE) 7, 18. Jenson Button (GBR) 6
1. Mercedes 426pts, 2. Ferrari 242, 3. Williams 161, 4. Red Bull 108, 5. Lotus 50, 6. Force India 49, 7. Toro Rosso 35, 8. Sauber AG 23, 9. McLaren 17