Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix at a canter, taking his fifth win of the year comfortably ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas in a one-two for Mercedes.Max Verstappen pursued the Mercedes drivers throughout the race but was never able to get within range of either, and was being caught by Daniel Ricciardo as the race finished. The Renaults came on strong at the end of the race: Ricciardo took the bonus point for fastest lap on the final tour, while team mate Esteban Ocon passed Alexander Albon for fifth.
Lando Norris was on the tail of the pair of them as the chequered flag fell. His team mate Carlos Sainz Jnr failed to start after a power unit problem on his reconnaissance lap caused an exhaust failure.
Although a fast-starting Charles Leclerc briefly got into the top 10 in the early laps, he soon slipped back and neither Ferrari was in contention for points. Pierre Gasly passed him with ease, the AlphaTauri going on to take eighth place.
The Racing Point drivers completed the points places. Sergio Perez, like Gasly, ran a long first stint, but wasn’t able to make much progress over the final laps, and followed Lance Stroll home 10th.
The Safety Car came out on lap nine after a heavy crash eliminated two drivers from the race. Antonio Giovinazzi spun into the barrier at the exit of Fagnes and George Russell, following close behind, was unable to avoid the debris from his car. Both climbed out of their cars unaided.
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2020 Belgian Grand Prix reaction
- “Hopefully Anthoine enjoyed it” says Gasly after climb to eighth
- Hamilton says Verstappen needs a stronger team mate
- Verstappen frustrated by “boring” race despite “amazing track”
- Ferrari confirm intention to appeal Racing Point’s reprimand over brake ducts at Spa
- Mercedes clarify Bottas radio message, state drivers are “free to race”
- Ferrari slump leaves Horner with “sour taste” over lost 2019 wins
- Hamilton: “Lucky” wind direction change helped me keep Bottas behind
- Verstappen was “very close to a puncture” at end of race