Formula 1 2017: Vettel pushed back as Hamilton wins 2017 Belgium Grand Prix

The top two drivers were separated by just 2.3 seconds at the chequered flag as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo secured an unexpected third in the podium.

By: | Updated: August 27, 2017 10:34 PM

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This was probably the best Grand Prix that Belgium has witnessed for a long time. Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton won a narrow victory over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel reducing Vettel’s championship lead to just seven points. The top two drivers were separated by just 2.3 seconds at the chequered flag as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo secured an unexpected third in the podium. The race also saw Ferrari’s other driver Kimi Raikkonen finishing fourth, the Finnish racer was fined a ten second stop-go penalty for ignoring yellow flags when Max Verstrappen retired, as his Red Bull car went powerless on lap eight. The other driver on Mercedes, Bottas scored ten championship points finishing fifth on the grid, which he would  be disappointed about. Bottas failed to capitalise on his good start as Raikkonen over took him after the safety car was deployed following a clash between the two Force India cars during the second half of the race.

Esteban Ocon survived a minor contact with team mate Perez not once but twice in separate clashes on the run down to take the flag in ninth, with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz completing the top ten. Ocon finished the race at ninth position whereas Perez was the fourth driver on the grid to not finish the race. Others included Wehrlein in his Sauber Ferrari, Verstrappen in his Red Bull and Alonso’s McLaren Honda. Nico Hulkenberg, Roman Grosjean and Felipe Massa finished at respected sixth seventh and eight position and Carlos in his Toro Rosso finished tenth.

In the 2017 drivers standing Sebastian Vettel still leads at 220 points followed closely by Lewis Hamilton at 213 points, Bottas is at 179 points. Mercedes is way ahead in constructors championship at 392 points followed by Ferrari at 348 points. The next race in Italy is where things are bound to get more exciting. A win would put Hamilton at the top of the table, and an pole position during qualifying would mean beating Michael Schumacher's record of most pole positions ever in Formula 1 history.