Belgium: journey to the Spa

Belgium: journey to the Spa

Postby meteorite » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:57 pm

Up front, the story was familiar, straightforward and siimple. Formula One returned from the August break. Vettel was leading the championship, with Hamilton 14 points behind, as they entered the second half of the season. In qualifying, Vettel put in a truly heroic effort, establishing a new lap record, but Hamilton turned up his concentration to find that extra tenth of a second that put hm on the pointy end of the grid. Raikkonen, who had been setting the pace throughout practice for Ferrari till the team leaders got their last chance, also shaved his time and ended up behind Vettel, while gettng into a massive battle with Bottas for fourth. Max Verstappen edged his team leader by inches, as usual by inches as both are quite close in qualifying and results.

Hamilton got the jump t0 become engineer of the wo-car train that, barring pitstops, circulated at two seconds apart the length of the race. Current F1 regulations leave cars so efficient that while they may close up on a long straight and Spa effectively has nothing but, aerodynamic turbulence slows the following car down almost as effectively as the drag reduction system speeds it up. And so Hamilton and Vettel ran nose to tail to the finish.

Verstappen had a power train failure early on, while the two Force India drivers did some wheel-banging in the first lap then well into the race Perez tried an ill-advised pass, squeezing his teammate Ocon into the main-straigt wall, tearing his own rear tire apart while knocking Ocon's nosepiece off, littering the track with debris that brought out the safety car. Others took advantage of the delay to change tires, as this occurred in the appropriate time window but was especially propitious for Ricciardo who managed to jump his Red Bull up to a third place held to the finish. Other results were as seen below.


25 27 Aug 2017 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa-Francorchamps

Race result

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 44 1:24:42.820 25
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 44 +2.358s 18
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 44 +10.791s 15
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 44 +14.471s 12
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 44 +16.456s 10
6 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 44 +28.087s 8
7 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 44 +31.553s 6
8 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 44 +36.649s 4
9 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 44 +38.154s 2
10 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 44 +39.447s 1
11 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 44 +48.999s 0
12 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 44 +49.940s 0
13 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 44 +53.239s 0
14 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 44 +57.078s 0
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 44 +67.262s 0
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 44 +69.711s 0
17 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 42 DNF 0
NC 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 25 DNF 0
NC 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 7 DNF 0
NC 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari
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