F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Wins the Belgian Grand Prix

F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Wins the Belgian Grand Prix

F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel Wins the Belgian Grand Prix

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Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel now has 5 wins so far this season.  The Scuderia had not won in Belgium since Y 2009.

Mr. Vettel has closed the gap in the Drivers’ championship to 17 points, but Ferrari lost 5 points in the Constructors’ because of Kimi Raikkonen’s early retirement, after he was hit by Daniel Ricciardo at the start.

He could have got a great result given the pace of the SF71H, even though he was starting from the 3rd row of the grid.

The Race

Mr. Vettel started 2nd on the grid, with Mr. Raikkonen 6th. The start went off normally, soon the McLaren of Fernando Alonso was airborne, hit by Niko Hulkenberg.

Other cars were also damaged and Mr. Raikkonen came on the radio to say he had a right rear puncture. But at this point, all eyes were on the leaders as Mr. Vettel immediately got past Lewis Hamilton on the Kemmel climb, to take the lead ahead of Safety Car.

Mr. Raikkonen pitted to fit the medium softs, and showing signs damage to the floor and bodywork.

For the next 4 laps Mr. Vettel fought off pursuers and built a slight lead. But his team-mate struggled with his damaged racer and returned to the pits to check the damage while work was done on the front wing, it was in vain. He came back to the garage and retired.

Now the 2 Top leaders Mr. Vettel and MercedesAMG’s Hamilton were lapping at almost identical pace, as the teams watched one another, waiting for the pit stop windows, Mr. Vettel was pacing 3.5 secs ahead of Mr. Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton was the 1st to come in at half distance (22 laps), fitting softs, as Mr. Vettel stepped up the pace, prior to pitting. He also went for soft tires he emerged leading the race on lap 25, a fastest lap.

Then with 15 laps to the Chequered flag, the Ferrari led by over 4 secs and the Key would be tiree management, but the race was far from over.

On lap 35, it was time to lap the backmarkers. There were 5 laps to go, the gap was 7 secs and growing.

Ferrari’s David Sanchez, the head of the aerodynamic engineers was sent up to the podium.“Great job everyone,” said The Scuderia’s boss Maurizio thanking his outstanding Team.

The Race Highlights

After the race Mr. Hamilton accused Mr. Vettel of using car tricks to win Belgian Grand Prix, sour grapes!

POS
DRIVER
CAR
LAPS
TIME/RETIRED
1
SEBASTIAN
VETTEL
FERRARI
44
1:23:34.476
2
LEWIS
HAMILTON
MERCEDES
44
+11.061S
3
MAX
VERSTAPPEN
RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER
44
+31.372S
4
VALTTERI
BOTTAS
MERCEDES
44
+63.605S
5
SERGIO
PEREZ
FORCE INDIA MERCEDES
44
+71.023S
6
ESTEBAN
OCON
FORCE INDIA MERCEDES
44
+79.520S
7
ROMAIN
GROSJEAN
HAAS FERRARI
44
+85.953S
8
KEVIN
MAGNUSSEN
HAAS FERRARI
44
+87.639S
9
PIERRE
GASLY
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA
44
+105.892S
10
MARCUS
ERICSSON
SAUBER FERRARI
43
+1 LAP
11
CARLOS
SAINZ
RENAULT
43
+1 LAP
12
SERGEY
SIROTKIN
WILLIAMS MERCEDES
43
+1 LAP
13
LANCE
STROLL
WILLIAMS MERCEDES
43
+1 LAP
14
BRENDON
HARTLEY
SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA
43
+1 LAP
15
STOFFEL
VANDOORNE
MCLAREN RENAULT
43
+1 LAP
NC
DANIEL
RICCIARDO
RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER
28
DNF
NC
KIMI
RÄIKKÖNEN
FERRARI
8
DNF
NC
CHARLES
LECLERC
SAUBER FERRARI
0
DNF
NC
FERNANDO
ALONSO
MCLAREN RENAULT
0
DNF
NC
NICO
HULKENBERG
RENAULT
0
DNF

Next up the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Ferrari’s home track.

See you there.

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