- Sep 26, 2010
Lewis Hamilton took a relatively comfortable win on Formula One's return to Spa Francorchamps, finishing just over two seconds clear of his team mate Nico Rosberg, with Lotus' Romain Grosjean completing the podium.
Even before the race start there was drama as Nico Hulkenberg, after a change of heart from his engineer, stalled on the grid to become the day's first retirement and forcing another formation lap, which then took Carlos Sainz Jr. out of the race after a similar issue forced the Spaniard to rejoin three laps into the race.
On the second attempt however the field finally got away. Hamilton took off from the line well after a poor start from Rosberg, and managed to hold off a fast starting Sergio Perez under braking into Les Combes to set the scene for the next 43 laps. Rosberg meanwhile found himself down in 5th place with the Williams of Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull ahead.
However, even though the German managed to work his way back into 2nd through a mixture of on track overtakes and pitstop strategy, his poor start meant he never truly posed a real threat to Hamilton.
Behind the Mercedes pair however we saw a good battle for third place with Perez, Vettel, Ricciardo, Grosjean and Kvyat all coming close to occupying the third step on the podium after a pit stop blunder at Williams saw Valtteri Bottas leave the pitlane with three option tyres and single prime tyre, netting the Finn and drive through penalty.
Ricciardo was the next to fall by the wayside after his Red Bull gave up the ghost relatively early in the race whilst he fought with Sergio Perez, meaning last years race winner was forced to watch from the sidelines, whilst Vettel rose into the picture following his poor qualifying yesterday with a one stop strategy.
Perez however, also dropped off from the battle in the closing stages, leaving Vettel and Grosjean to squabble between themselves, only for another tyre blowout on the penultimate lap on Vettel's car gifted the Frenchman his first podium since the 2013 American Grand Prix.
Kvyat made good use of a set of option tyres to rise into 4th late on in the race, whilst Perez came home 5th ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who made an excellent recovery after his drama's in qualifying yesterday, whilst Felipe Massa took 6th with a very quiet drive.
Max Verstappen was next in line in 7th and no doubt made the overtake of the day after overtaking the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson around the outside of Blanchimont, whilst Bottas and Ericsson rounded off the top ten.
Outside the top ten Vettel came home 12th and lap down after his tyre debacle, and reportedly deliberately missed his weigh in after the race and will thus have to answer to the stewards, Alonso and Button came home 13th and 14th, with the Spaniard describing his day as 'painful'..
FInally the two Manor's both made the chequered flag with Roberto Merhi leading home Will Stevens for 15th overall.
Belgian GP Official Results
1. Lewis Hamilton- Mercedes - 1:23:40.387
2. Nico Rosberg - Mercedes - +2.058
3. Romain Grosjean - Lotus - +37.988
4. Daniil Kvyat- Red Bull - +45.692
5. Sergio Perez - Force India - +53.997
6. Felipe Massa - Williams - +55.283
7. Kimi Raikkonen - Ferrari - +55.703
8. Max Verstappen - Toro Rosso - +56.076
9. Valtteri Bottas- Williams - +1:01.040
10. Marcus Ericsson - Sauber - +1:31.234
11. Felipe Nasr- Sauber - +1:42.311
12. Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari - +1 Lap
13. Fernando Alonso - McLaren - +1 Lap
14. Jenson Button- McLaren - +1 Lap
15. Robert Merhi- Manor - +1 Lap
16. Will Stevens - Manor - +1 Lap
17. Carlos Sainz Jr.- Toro Rosso - DNF
18. Daniel Ricciardo - Red Bull - DNF
19. Pastor Maldonado- Lotus - DNF
20. Nico Hulkenberg - Force India - DNF
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