Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
Spa specialist Kimi Raikkonen looked quick throughout the weekend but a first-lap collision ruined his race.
Dmitry Mazepin and Toto Wolff
Toto Wolff denied this conservation with Dmitry Mazepin was about the Russian billionaire’s displeasure at his attempt to purchase Force India being thwarted by the team’s administrators, who chose a consortium backed by Lawrence Stroll instead.
“I said hi to him, we had a nice chat but not about that topic,” said Wolff when asked by RaceFans. “I was talking with him, Moko and crazy Pasquale [Lattuneddu] about the weather in Sardinia and nothing else.”
Max Verstappen, whose mother is Belgian, sported a special orange helmet for the race which is as close as he gets to a home grand prix.
Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne did likewise, and also added Bruce McLaren’s signature as the team marked 50 years since its first victory. But Vandoorne endured a terrible weekend, ending every session he started at the bottom of the times.
Valtteri Bottas tackles F1’s most famous corner. His efforts were to no avail in qualifying as an engine change penalty meant he had to start at the back.
Lightning-fast reflexes by Sergio Perez kept his Force India out of the Raidillon barriers when rain fell during qualifying. He survived and joined his team mate on the second row of the grid in a stunning performance for the ‘new’ team.
Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc
Fernando Alonso’s wasn’t much better – he was rammed by Nico Hulkenberg at the start, provoking this enormous crash with Charles Leclerc.
Esteban Ocon, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez
The Force India pair almost caused an upset by attacking Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton for the lead at the start. Vettel stayed ahead, however, and went on to take a commanding win.
It was a lonely race for Verstappen, but his fans appreciated a podium finish.
It wouldn’t be a Vettel win without an obligatory finger pic.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
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