F1 Belgian Grand Prix 2020 LIVE RESULTS: Hamilton WINS again, Bottas second, Ferraris struggle – latest updates – The Sun
LEWIS HAMILTON has won the Belgian Grand Prix for the first time since 2017 after a near flawless drive.
- 1st Hamilton 2nd Bottas 3rd Verstappen
Follow all the latest reaction from the big race below…
HAMILTON WINS THE BELGIAN GP
The Brit is first and led for every lap.
Bottas is second and Verstappen third.
Daniel Ricciardo is fourth, Esteban Ocon in fifth.
Alex Albon sixth, Lando Norris in seventh.
OCON PASSES ALBON
Ocon gets past the Red Bull man.
Cannot see past Hamilton for the win but the battle for 5th is exciting. Albon, Ocon and Norris slugging it out.
Hamilton taking it easy now and the gap to Bottas is dropping. He is nursing his tyres home.
LAP 42 ALBON COMES UNDER ATTACK FROM OCON
But the Red Bull man holds his own. Albon stays in fifth place 10 seconds behind Ricciardo.
LAP 41 HAMILTON UNCOMFORTABLE
“I don't like the feel of this right tyre” he tells his team.
FIVE LAPS TO GO
It has been a boring race until now but like in Silverstone, drivers are being told to stay off the kerbs.
Remember those tyre failures saw Hamilton end on three wheels.
We couldn't have more late drama again, could we?
Let's hope so.
LAP 38 HAMILTON MAKES A MISTAKE
He locks up his tyres and causes a massive flatstop. His tyres are at the end of their life.
He is going to have to look after these tyres until the end of the race.
NORRIS ON THE CHARGE
The Brit is now up to 7th placeand five seconds behind Ocon. Remember his teammate is out of the race, as he never started it.
Gasly has just passed Vettel, Vettel locks up and drops to 13th place.
FERRARI NOW IN 12th AND 17th
Can this get any worse? The team are in free-fall. Mattio Binotto's position is in real danger.
Monza and Mugello up next, too.
VETTEL NOW CALLING THE SHOTS
He's told his race engineer that he's NOT going to start overtaking the cars in front. “Don't f****** think about pitting”.
Who is running that team? Leclerc too also questioning the strategy.
SLOW STOP FOR LECLERC
TV replays show the mechanics topping up the hydraulic fluid in his car. He is now down in 17th place – otherwise known as last place.
BOTTAS IS LOSING GROUND TO HAMILTON
The gap has opened to 3.5 seconds as the Finn cannot match his teammate, but in dropping back he is now being reeled in by Verstappen, who is just 1.4 seconds behind the Mercedes man.
Ricciardo is 15 seconds further behind the Red Bull man.
It is Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Gasly (yet to stop), Albon, Ocon.
Vettel and Leclerc also wipe each other out. They touch but they get away with it. Vettel in 12th and Leclerc in 13th.
HAMILTON TOLD HIS ENGINE IS FINE
But Charles Leclerc is being investigated for driving unnecessarily slowly on a reconnaissance lap.
LAP 16 LOSS OF POWER?
Hamilton says he has power problems. Engine still singing away, though.
LAP 14 SAFETY CAR COMING IN
And Gasly did not stop for tyres, so he is up to fourth place.
It is Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen, Gasly, Perez, Ricciardo.
THAT CRASH WAS A NARROW ESCAPE
Giovinazzi lost control and hit the barriers and was spat out into the path of George Russell's Williams.
He drives into the barrier on the other side after being struck by a wheel from the Alfa Romeo that had bounced back on track.
Russell says “I am OK, there was nowhere I could go.”
HUGE CRASH FOR ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI AND GEORGE RUSSELL
Both drivers are ok. That looked a big impact and the
Safety Car is out but there is lots of debris on that track.
Drivers being forced to drive through it, seems a bit crazy.
FERRARI NOW GOING BACKWARDS
After a good start, Leclerc is now dropping like a stone. He is struggling for pace and says he is struggling with the tyres.
Needs to change something.
BOTTAS WANTS TO GET AFTER HAMILTON…BUT IS NOT ALLOWED
The Finn has radioed the team and says he want permission to turn up the power and try to catch the Brit.
Bottas: “We have one push, no?”
Mercedes: “We do – but we agreed not to use it against each other.”
Bottas: “I have never heard of that.”
LECLERC IS HAVING A GOOD RACE
Early days but the Ferrari man is now up to 10th place, he was in 9th until Pierre Gasly blasted past.
Can Leclerc now pass Perez, who is occupying 9th? The Racing Point does have a power advantage on the straights.
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