Vettel beats Hamilton into second after F1’s Belgian GP begins with a bang

• Ferrari driver cuts gap in title race to 17 points behind Briton
• Max Verstappen finishes third with Valtteri Bottas fourth

Sebastian Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix for Ferrari, beating his Formula One world championship rival Lewis Hamilton into second place. The German proved to have the quicker car at Spa and put it to good use with a clinical piece of driving to which Hamilton and Mercedes had no answer. Vettel has now narrowed the gap to Hamilton in the title race to 17 points. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was in third.

Vettel thoroughly deserved the win. Having taken the lead from Hamilton on the opening lap, he went on to open a gap, exploiting the remarkable pace Ferrari could bring to this power-hungry circuit. It was an unspectacular encounter out front but one Vettel badly needed, as he executed his tactics to perfection and returning the result that has eluded him since the British Grand Prix.

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Source: Formula 1

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