Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took a big step towards a fourth world title with a dominant victory in a Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps which saw plenty of overtaking.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso got his title challenge back on track with an impressive drive to second while Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took his fifth podium of the season.
McLaren’s Jenson Button came close to a podium before taking sixth while Daniel Ricciardo climbed through the field to grab a point for Toro Rosso – but who was your Driver of the Day?
Passed Hamilton at the start and never looked back on his way to a fifth win of the season. Made a decent start from second and then crucially got in Hamilton’s slipstream up Eau Rouge which enabled him to pass the Mercedes down the Kemmel Straight to take the lead. From there he gradually built a lead without pushing his Red Bull to the limit to coast to victory. It was the 31st win of his career and helped him open up a commanding 46-point lead over his nearest rival Alonso in the drivers’ standings.
Made a blistering start and pulled off some impressive overtakes to finish second. Made a good start to gain a couple of places before the first corner. Pulled off a brilliant move on Mark Webber into Eau Rouge to run fifth after the first lap. Good moves on Button and Nico Rosberg followed before he moved into second, passing Hamilton after the Mercedes driver made a mistake into La Source. Lacked the pace to catch leader Vettel but had a comfortable gap over Hamilton in third to finish second. Moves up to second in the drivers’ standings to keep his title hopes alive.
Lost the lead at the start, but drove well to salvage a podium and maintain hopes of winning the championship. Made a good getaway at the start to enter the first corner unchallenged in the lead but was caught by Vettel up Eau Rouge and was a sitting duck on the Kemmel Straight, dropping to second. Lost a place to Alonso after a mistake at La Source, but pushed the Mercedes to the limit thereafter to stay ahead of team-mate Rosberg and finish third. It was his fifth podium of the season and he moved up to third in the drivers’ standings.
Ran as high as third and raced with the frontrunners before having to settle for sixth. Made a strong start from sixth to run fourth early on. Ran a long first stint, with the initial aim of doing a one-stop strategy, rising up into the lead. Dropped down to third after his first stop but looked to be in contention for a podium before the front left tyre lost performance and he was forced into a two-stopper. Dropped down the field after a late second stop but climbed back up to sixth. Conceded after the race that he stopped too early to make a one-stop work and that ultimately ruled out a shot at a first podium of the season.
Scored a well-earned point on a weekend when he was the subject of speculation with regards the vacant Red Bull seat. Qualified a disappointing 19th despite the Toro Rosso having shown good pace throughout the practice sessions. Made a good start and gradually climbed his way through the field. Put a pass on McLaren’s Sergio Perez in the closing stages to move into 10th and take his fourth points-finish of the season.
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