2020 Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton scores 89th Grand Prix win
Review of the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix
Mercedes once again dominated Saturdays Qualifying session with Lewis Hamilton storming to pole position enjoying a half second margin to his teammate Valtteri Bottas who lined up second. Max Verstappen started third while Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo put his Renault into fourth on the grid splitting the two Red Bulls. There was also drama for Mclarens Carlos Sainz who wasn't able to take the start due to engine trouble. We were in for a great race.
At the start of the Belgian Grand Prix Hamilton lead the field from Valtteri Bottas into Turn 1 at La Source. As they began the long blast up the hill through Eau Rouge Valtteri Bottas began to drop back from his teammate. All the time Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were lurking in the background and started to put pressure on the Finnish driver as they headed into Les Combes. At the next corner they plunged down the hill into Rivage, Ricciardo was still challenging Verstappen but couldn't squeeze past. Further down the field Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari made up a few places.
Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russells retirement
After all the thrilling drama during the opening few laps Antonio Giovinazzi found himself just outside the points and was looking to make amends and break into the top 10. However on Lap 11 the Italian driver pushed too hard at the Fagnes chicane and slammed into the barriers on the outside. His Alfa Romeo came back across the track and in a stroke of bad luck George Russell found himself with nowhere to go. The British driver then got collected by a stray wheel from the Alfa Romeo ending both drivers races early. Fortunately both drivers walked away. The Safety Car was thus deployed and everyone apart from Sergio Perez and Pierre Gasly decided to dive into the pits for fresh tyres.
Ferraris diastrous afternoon
Ferrari are Formula Ones most successful team with 16 Constructors Championships to their name. However in 2020 the Scuderia have really struggled mainly due to the power unit being down on power. That flaw was exposed to the maximum over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend due to Spas long straights. Neither car made it to Q3 and in the race they were equally as bad. Both drivers complained at a lack of top speed and were sitting ducks on the Kemmel Straight Lap after Lap. Both Vettel and Leclerc finished outside the points in P13 and P14 capping off yet another terrible weekend for Ferrari just one week before their home race in Monza next weekend.
Mercedes produced yet another dominant performance at Spa. Lewis Hamilton lead from start to finish and the British drivers 4th win in Belgium was never in doubt. Valtteri Bottas claimed another solid second place for the Brackley based team. Both Hamilton and Bottas drove 44 perfect Laps of Spa-Francorchamps today and simply left Max Verstappen and the rest of the field behind.
What happens next?
Next up on the Formula One calendar we have the temple of speed that is Monza In Italy. Expect incredible top speeds of over 200mph and a lot of overtaking on track with plenty of long straights.