Hamilton transforms pole in win

By on Sunday, August 27, 2017

Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, scoring his 58th career Formula One victory, his fifth of the season and his third at Spa. Hamilton’s margin of victory was 2.358 seconds over Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

The win significantly boosted Hamilton’s championship effort as he cut seven points off the lead held by Vettel, who currently has only a seven-point advantage over the Mercedes driver.

"It’s amazing to come back into the season and start on the right foot", says Hamilton.

"The Ferrari was very strong today and they put on a fantastic fight. We were both pushing every single lap and there was no room for error or mistake.

"The Safety Car was driving so slow that keeping tyre temperature was very difficult. On the restart, Sebastian got a good tow, it was very close. It is fun to be racing against another team and Sebastian at his best and the car at its best – that’s what racing is all about."

Race results:

1.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:24:42.820
2.  S. Vettel Ferrari +2.358
3.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull +10.791 +8.433
4.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari +14.471 +3.680
5.  V. Bottas Mercedes +16.456 +1.985
6.  N. Hulkenberg Renault +28.087 +11.631
7.  R. Grosjean Haas no time +11.631
8.  F. Massa Williams no time +11.631
9.  E. Ocon Force India no time +11.631
10.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso no time +11.631
11.  L. Stroll Williams no time +11.631
12.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso no time +11.631
13.  J. Palmer Renault no time +11.631
14.  S. Vandoorne McLaren no time +11.631
15.  M. Ericsson Sauber no time +11.631
16.  K. Magnussen Haas no time +11.631
17.  S. Pérez Force India +2 Laps
Did not finish
18.  F. Alonso McLaren +19 Laps
19.  M. Verstappen Red Bull +37 Laps
20.  P. Wehrlein Sauber +42 Laps

Eight races remain in the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, with the next event coming Sept. 1-3 with the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

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