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GP Belgium 2015 (race result): Vettel drama in Hamilton victory

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GP Belgium 2015 (race result)
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D he GP Belgium is happy to have a surprise Well. But on Sunday (23.8.2015) Lewis Hamilton didn't let anything burn. Only in the first few meters did the champion come under a little pressure when lightning starter Sergio Perez suddenly pushed himself full-frame into the rearview mirror. But Hamilton fended off the attack and then controlled the race from the front.

Nico Rosberg had a lot more fighting. From position 2 on the grid, the German fell back to position 5 in the first lap. But thanks to the superior Silver Arrow speed and well-timed pit stops, the world champion gradually moved back to position 2. In between, the gap to the sister car was only 2.2 seconds. But Hamilton didn’t miss a thing and didn’t offer the team-mate a target.

Hamilton controls pace from the front

'That was a perfect weekend. Today was just a dream,' beamed the champion . 'Nico had good pace, but I always found an answer when he attacked. I felt like I always had everything under control.' Rosberg was correspondingly disappointed: 'With the botched start I lost all chances to win. I have to practice a little more. That annoyed me extremely.' Because his wife Vivian was expecting their first child, Rosberg drove home to Monaco immediately after the race.

For 3rd place, the fans were offered an exciting duel between Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean for a long time. Vettel tried to drive through with a one-stop strategy. But two laps before the checkered flag, the Heppenheimer burst the right rear tire on the straight behind Eau Rouge. Grosjean celebrated his first podium without a fight since the GP USA 2013.

'After qualifying and the transmission penalty, I can hardly believe that I finished on the podium today. This is something very special for me' the Frenchman beamed. 'I enjoyed every minute of the race.' Vettel gave up after the tire blowout and came in 12th outside the points in the classification. After 21 races in a row in the top ten, there were no counters for Vettel for the first time.

Ferrari now has to put up with the question of whether the one-stop strategy didn't take too much risk. Instead, Vettel criticized the tire manufacturer Pirelli: 'I was not off the track. The tire burst without warning. That happened the second time this weekend.It was the same with Nico. We must now see that we learn from these incidents. If it had happened 200 meters earlier, I would have crashed into the wall at 300km /h. '

Red Bull with light and shadow

Daniil Kvyat in 4th position also benefited from Vettel's bad luck with tires. Thanks to late pit stops, the Russian had the freshest rubber in the final, which allowed him to overtake one opponent after another in the final laps The Australian dropped out in a promising position on lap 20.

Behind Kvyat, Sergio Perez finished in 5th place in the Force India. With a good start, the Mexican was still in 2nd place, but against Grosjean and Kvyat the Force India pilot simply lacked pace. At least he was able to keep Felipe Massa behind him in the Williams and displace it in 6th place.

Williams with a strange pit breakdown

Kimi Räikkönen drove an inconspicuous race on rank 7. N After the technical bad luck and starting position 16, the Finn successfully managed damage limitation. In the final lap, the Ferrari driver was able to successfully defend himself against the attack by Max Verstappen, who made a furious final spurt with a three-stop strategy, but in the end had to be satisfied with rank 8.

Valtteri Bottas came behind only finished in 9th place. Because his mechanics sent him off with 3 soft and one hard tires at the first pit stop, he was given a drive-through penalty that threw the Finn far back. The last World Championship point went to Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber in 10th position.

Hülkenberg task before the start

With his victory, Lewis Hamilton was able to extend his lead in the championship standings to 28 points. Vettel finally said goodbye to the world championship fight. His gap to the top grew to 67 points. In the team standings too, Mercedes made a big step in defending the world championship. The lead over Ferrari is 184 points. The next race will take place in Monza in 14 days.

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