Mercedes gave another dominant performance at this weekend’s grand prix, claiming another 1-2 on the podium and their first win at Spa since 1955 in the process.
Hamilton used his momentum from qualifying, in which he out qualified teammate Nico Rosberg by almost half a second, to produce an assured and professional performance from start to finish.
After a solid start which saw him preserve his place at the front, Hamilton capitalised on a shaky start from teammate Rosberg which saw him fall behind Sergio Perez’ Force India, Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, and Valtteri Bottas’ Williams.
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Hamilton remained in control throughout the whole race despite having his lead over Rosberg reduced from 8.3 seconds on lap nine, to only 2.4 seconds after a virtual safety car on lap 21.
Just 5 laps later however, Hamilton had restored his lead to 5.4 seconds, and maintained this pace for the rest of the race to finish comfortable ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg in second.
Sebastian Vettel, despite holding third place for most of the race, ended the race in 12th position, after a dramatic tire blowout on the penultimate lap. This came as a result of the team's decision to race a 1-stop strategy as a opposed to the more conventional 2-stop.
The incident drew comparisons with a similar problem suffered by Rosberg in Friday’s practice session, after he too blew a tire and ended up skidding off the track at high speeds as a result of this.
Vettel himself described the incident as “unacceptable” after the race, and went on to say that “these things are not allowed to happen”.
Vettel was especially incensed at the fact that the incident happened just seconds after one of the fastest sections of the circuit, and claimed that had the accident happened just 200 meters earlier “I would not be standing here”.
After Vettel’s blowout, Romain Grosjean beat both Daniil Kvyat and Sergio Perez to complete the podium and finish in third place.
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