F1 champion Lewis Hamilton outstripped teammate Mercedes Valtteri Bottas to finish first on the Spa-Francorchamps race on August 30.
Hamilton completed 44 laps in 1 hour 24 minutes 08,761 seconds and was 8.448 seconds faster than runner-up Valtteri Bottas. This parameter does not fully show the superiority of British riders. Only thanks to the appearance of safety cars, while Hamilton focused on keeping the tires in the final stage, did Bottas not fall too far behind in Catalunya two weeks ago.
Winning 89 in F1 career helped Hamilton close to the record 91 first leg of the legendary Michael Schumacher. He also removed 48 and 50 points from his main opponents, Max Verstappen and teammate Bottas. If he can maintain his current form, Hamilton will soon win this season a few races ahead.
Hamilton finished first at Spa-Francorchamps was the predicted outcome when his qualifying round performance showed the British driver’s W11 was faster than Bottas’s by more than 0.5 seconds per lap. Although Bottas started right behind his teammates, Bottas could not intimidate the first place, and control of the race was entirely in Hamilton’s hands. Bottas almost became an obstacle to Verstappen, rather than a threat to his English teammate.
Hamilton easily outstripped teammate Bottas
There were a number of developments that seemed to change the course of the race. Antonio Giovinazzi lost control of the Les Fagnes curve, dragging George Rusell into an accident and gave up, making the car safety deployed in lap 11. But the order in the first group did not disturb too much. At the end of the race, the risk of rain appearing or Hamilton complaining about the right front tire did not pose a threat to the top.
Sebastian Vettel was even surpassed easily by his former teammate – old general Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), so he only finished 13th. Prodigy Charles Leclerc was even worse when he only finished 14th despite starting on teammates. The disastrous 2-pit strategy caused the Monaco driver to struggle in the last group before he could climb to 14th in the last seconds. Most likely the two SF1000s will continue to have embarrassing performances on the Monza home track next week.