British and Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix yesterday afternoon in Pirelli. That was Hamilton’s 3rd victory at the Belgian GP and his 58th in his career.
A 58th win in 200 races is a massive milestone for him. He finished ahead of rival and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Riccardo – both finishing in second and third respectively.
He took pole to start first place in the race as he equalled the record of former driver Michael Schumacher of 68 pole positions. Prior to the race, Son of Michael Schumacher, Mick performed a lap in the 1994 Benetton.
“It was great to use my dad’s old livery,” said Schumacher Jnr, a talented Formula Three driver seeking to graduate to F1. “I was just amazed by the car.” There has been almost no update on his father’s condition since December 2013, when he suffered irreparable brain damage in a fall while skiing in Meribel.
Hamilton started off the brighter of the other drivers to go first in the first corner with his rival in second breathing down his neck. That continued until in the 8th lap when Australian Max Verstappen once again had a “Did Not Finish” sign after his car was diagosed with engine failure and he was out of the race. That was his 6th DNF in 12 races this season.
Four laps later as other drivers went on to change their tires and other parts, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen put under investigation for failing to slow down for the yellow flags – and was eventually hit with a 10 second stop and go penalty.
By that time, Vettel was leading because of Hamilton went first at pit stop to get fresher tires. In Lap 28, Fernando Alonso for the McLaren also had to retire due to engine failure yet again this season.
For the remainder of the final laps, Hamilton took over back his position and he never looked back as he went on to finish comfortably.
“It is definitely a special day,” Hamilton said. “I remember coming here in 1996 for my first grand prix and watching Michael come out of turn one, and the vibration of the engine shook my rib cage. It was incredible. That is when my love for the sport took another step.
“To think I have equalled him on poles is very surreal and a humbling experience, knowing Michael is such a legend. It is a very special feat he achieved and I feel very proud to be up there with him.”
For Vettel, he did his best, but it was not enough. They were both so competitive in the race neither of them made any silly mistakes.
Hamilton halved the deficit to seven points, still behind Championship leader and rival Vettel. With eight races to go, it surely promises to down to the wire to gauge whether who will be the Champion between Vettel and Hamilton.
The next race is in Italy in the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, starting from Friday with practice session with the main race scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
Author: Takalani Lufhugu