Belgium GP: The rollercoaster in the Ardennes!

The surprisingly sunny Belgian Grand Prix ends in a win for Hamilton with Vettel seconds behind. The championship gap is now 7 points.

This article may get a bit more personal, as I visited Spa on race day, you’ve probably seen it on our Instagram story. I was entering the circuit at La Source when the gp3 series started, these young and fearless drivers provided some great racing to watch! 

Then I walked around the F1 fan village, it has to be said, Liberty Media is doing a great job for the entertainment of the fans! A big stage for some music, a gaming zone, a pit-stop practice and plenty of food and drinks. You could fly a drone, race some RC cars around, or buy your favourite team merchandise (Scuderia Ferrari, of course!).

I climbed the hill up Eau Rouge to watch the Formula 2 race, from where I saw Ferrari junior driver Charles Leclerc perform a great drive from the back of the grid to P5! I also saw Matsushita crashing hard in the tyre barrier at the top of Raidillon, he walked away unharmed thanks to modern safety of both car and track.

Going towards Les Combes during the Porsche Supercup, and reaching Pouhon in time for the Driver’s Parade, the tension builds towards the start of the Formula 1.

The race
The top 6 remains untouched in the opening laps, until crowd favourite Max Verstappen retired because of an engine problem, a painful loss for the many Dutch fans. He managed to stop on the side of Kemmel straight, but yellow flags were waved. Räikkönen could see Max standing still and did not lift his foot. He got a 10 second stop-and-go penalty and 3 penalty points added to his racing license. Kimi later stated that the penalty was “pointless”. However he did manage to get back to 4th place.

Meanwhile Vettel was attacking Hamilton but he couldn’t get past the Mercedes. The race spiced up when the two Force India drivers touched and caused a safety car to clean up the debris. Seb was right on Lewis’ wing at the restart but the top speed of the Mercedes was too much. Kimi had a better restart when he squeezed past Bottas to take back his starting position.
Räikkönnen 4th, Ricciardo takes an impressive 3rd, Vettel on the podium but losing important points in the championship to rival Hamilton.

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