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Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix, now 2 behind Michael Schumacher’s report

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his automobile throughout the System One Grand Prix on the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 30

Lewis Hamilton led from begin to end on the Belgian Grand Prix to clinch his 89th profession win and transfer two behind Michael Schumacher’s System One report on Sunday.

The world champion was untroubled from pole place, beating his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by eight seconds and ending 15 seconds forward of Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen. Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth and grabbed an additional level for the quickest lap.

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Hamilton’s fifth win from seven races additionally prolonged his championship lead over Verstappen to 47 factors with Bottas drifting again in third. Hamilton is odds-on to win a seventh title to tie Schumacher’s report.

Schumacher gained 5 of these F1 titles consecutively throughout an excellent period for Ferrari, however the proud Italian group is struggling badly now. Sebastian Vettel completed thirteenth and Charles Leclerc 14th.

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They don’t seem to be capable of get wherever near Hamilton by way of pace, let alongside problem him.

Having secured a record-extending 93rd profession pole, which he devoted to American actor Chadwick Boseman, Hamilton made a clear begin and Bottas was unable to exert strain on the lengthy straight as much as Flip 2.

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Early into the 44-lap race, Williams driver George Russell and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi crashed closely however had been each unhurt.

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz Jr. failed to start out due to an exhaust failure.

A minute’s silence was held earlier than the race in reminiscence of French driver Anthoine Hubert, who died right here final yr following a horrific crash throughout an F2 race.

F1 driver Pierre Gasly, who was shut mates with Hubert, and different drivers gathered solemnly round an image of Hubert on the grid. His racing helmet was positioned on a stand.

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