Hamilton untouchable in charge to Belgian Grand Prix victory.

53A superbly controlled drive saw Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg to win Sunday’s 2015 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. The hard-charging Lotus of Romain Grosjean took third after Ferrari’s gamble to one stop Sebastian Vettel backfired with a spectacular tyre failure on the penultimate lap.

Daniil Kvyat made two strong passes in the closing laps to finish fourth for Red Bull, ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez, Williams’ Felipe Massa and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. A typically aggressive drive from Max Verstappen resulted in eighth place for Toro Rosso, with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson completing the top ten.

As expected, the new starting procedures mixed things up off the line, with Rosberg and Bottas making poor getaways from P2 and P3 on the grid, as Perez (starting P4) and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo (P5) capitalised to chase polesitter Hamilton out of the first turn.

It wasn’t until the first round of stops that Rosberg was able to get back on terms with Hamilton, moving up to second using sheer pace rather than passing, and when the Virtual Safety Car was deployed on lap 21 to remove Ricciardo’s broken-down Red Bull the gap was barely two seconds.

From there, however, Hamilton had things in hand and the real battle was for third, with Grosjean pushing Vettel hard in the closing stages, only for the German’s right-rear tyre to let go in dramatic fashion approaching Les Combes with less than two laps remaining.

There were two early retirements: Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg had power issues on the grid, prompting a second formation lap, while Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus came to a halt on just his second tour of Spa. Carlos Sainz also had technical issues en route to the grid and made a delayed start from the pit lane. Two laps down, he ultimately pulled his Toro Rosso into the garage to retire on lap 36.

Belgian Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 44 Leader Running 25
2 6 Nico Roseberg 44 -2.0 Running 18
3 8 Romain Grojean 44 -37.9 Running 15
4 26 Daniil Kvyat 44 -45.6 Running 12
5 11 Sergio Perez 44 -53.9 Running 10
6 19 Felipe Massa 44 -55.2 Running 8
7 7 Kimi Raikkonen 44 -55.7 Running 6
8 33 Max Verstappen 44 -56.0 Running 4
9 77 Valtteri Bottas 44 -1:01.0 Running 2
10 9 Marcus Ericsson 44 -1:31.2 Running 1
11 12 Felipe Nasr 44 -1:42.311 Running 0
12 5 Sebastian Vettel 43 -1 Lap Running 0
13 14 Fernando Alonso 43 -1 Lap Running 0
14 22 Jenson Button 43 -1 Lap Running 0
15 98 Roberto Merhi 43 -1 Lap Running 0
16 28 Will Stevens 43 -1 Lap Running 0
17 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 35 -9 laps Retired 0
18 3 Daniel Ricciardo 20 -24 Laps Retired 0
19 13 Pastor Maldonado 2 -42 Laps Retired 0
20 27 Nico Hulkenberg 0 -44 Laps DNS 0

 

Drivers Championship
After Race 11 of the 2015 season at Belgian Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 6 227 Leader
2 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 3 199 -28
3 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 2 160 -67
4 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 82 -145
5 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 82 -145
6 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 79 -148
7 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 57 -170
8 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 51 -176
9 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 38 -189
10 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 26 -201
11 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 25 -202
12 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 24 -203
13 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 16 -211
14 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 12 -215
15 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 11 -216
16 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 9 -218
17 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 7 -220
18 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 6 -221
19 98 R. Merhi Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -227
20 28 W. Stevens Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -227
21 20 K. Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 0 -227

 

Constructors Championship
After Race 11 of the 2015 season at Belgian Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 9 426 Leader
2 Ferrari 2 242 -184
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 161 -265
4 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 108 -318
5 Lotus-Renault 0 50 -376
6 Force India-Mercedes 0 49 -377
7 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 35 -391
8 Sauber-Ferrari 0 23 -403
9 McLaren-Honda 0 17 -409
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -426

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