Formula 1 2018 Belgian Grand Prix

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2018-08-26
13
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Sebastian Vettel VET
Lewis Hamilton HAM
Valtteri Bottas
lap 32 - 1:46.286
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The 2018 Belgian Grand Prix was won by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.
Despite being on pole position in Belgium, Lewis Hamilton could not convert this into a win.

The race in Belgium was round 13 of 21 of the 2018 season.

weather conditions

Weather conditions at 26 August 2018 13:10 GMT (raceday).

Mostly Cloudy
60.87°F
44%
6.44 mph
241°
 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 44 1:23:34.476 25
2 44 +11.061 18
3 44 +31.372 15
4 44 +1:03.605 12
5 44 +1:11.023 10
6 44 +1:19.520 8
7 44 +1:25.953 6
8 44 +1:27.639 4
9 44 +1:45.892 2
10 43 +1 Lap 1
11 43 +1 Lap 0
12 43 +1 Lap 0
13 43 +1 Lap 0
14 43 +1 Lap 0
15 43 +1 Lap 0
28 Retired 0
8 Brakes 0
0 Accident 0
0 Accident 0
0 Accident 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:58.000
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +0.000
3 Esteban Ocon Force India +3.000
4 Sergio Pérez Force India +3.000
5 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team +4.000
6 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +4.000
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull +4.000
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull +4.000
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +6.000
10 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +-1:-16.000
11 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso +-1:-15.000
12 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso +-1:-15.000
13 Charles Leclerc Sauber +-1:-14.000
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber +-1:-14.000
15 Nico Hülkenberg Renault +-1:-14.000
16 Carlos Sainz Renault +-1:-14.000
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren +-1:-14.000
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams +-1:-14.000
19 Lance Stroll Williams +-1:-13.000
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren +-1:-13.000

driver positions through the laps

2018 Belgian Grand Prix

The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is an ongoing motor racing championship for Formula One cars which is recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. Drivers and teams are competing in twenty-one Grands Prix for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' championship titles.

Lewis Hamilton is defending his World Drivers' Championship, after winning his fourth championship title at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix. His team, Mercedes, are the defending Constructors' Championship, having secured their fourth consecutive title at the 2017 United States Grand Prix. After one round, Sebastian Vettel leads Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship by seven points. Kimi Räikkonen is third, a further three points behind. In the World Constructors' Championship, Ferrari lead Mercedes by eighteen points, with Red Bull Racing third.

A revision of the sport's technical regulations means that a new cockpit protection device—commonly known as the "halo"—was introduced for the 2018 championship. The introduction of the halo in Formula One is the first stage of a planned roll-out that would see the device adopted in all FIA-sanctioned open-wheel racing series by 2020.


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Gasly, who qualified 11th but lined up a place higher on the grid thanks to Valtteri Bottas' penalty, was the only driver among those eliminated in Q1 or Q2 to select the supersoft for the start. The Toro Rosso driver managed a solid getaway and challenged Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo down the inside of La Source for ninth. This kept him out of harm's way as Hulkenberg slammed into Fernando ... ...

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Over the last six races, Renault has scored 26 points to Haas’s 57, and the two teams now stand on 82 and 76 respectively in their battle for fourth place. The Enstone team endured one of its worst weekends of the season in Belgium, with both drivers going to the back of the grid after power unit changes, and neither scoring points. Nico Hulkenberg crashed at the first corner, while ... ...

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Grosjean was handed a one-race ban after triggering the crash at La Source in the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix. On Sunday, Hulkenberg received a 10-place grid penalty for the next race at Monza. Grosjean had already been involved in a series of controversial incidents that season, and that's what led the stewards to impose the ban from the Italian GP. That in turn led the FIA to create a ... ...

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The Australian has known for some weeks that penalties were inevitable, and Red Bull has chosen to take the hit at Monza to coincide with the availability of the upgrade. If the Spec C works well in Ricciardo’s car, Max Verstappen may also be given new power unit elements later in the weekend. It’s not yet clear which elements the Dutchman would take, but he can use a V6 and MGU-H ... ...

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On the back of Sebastian Vettel's crucial victory in Belgium, on a track where Mercedes has traditionally been strong, Ferrari's title hopes have been reinvigorated and it heads to this weekend's Italian GP as favourite. Although much focus after the race was on the straightline speed advantage that allowed Vettel to blast past Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap, Mercedes think there are a ... ...

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But he admits an investigation will be required in order to determine the role it played. After the accident, the halo and cockpit side of the Sauber showed clear signs of the impact with one of the McLaren's tyres after Alonso was sent flying over Leclerc. "We've already had a cursory examination of the parts, of course," said Whiting when asked by Motorsport.com what role the halo ... ...

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Vandoorne was last of the 15 finishers at Spa, having qualified slowest as both he and teammate Fernando Alonso lacked pace from the opening practice session. McLaren’s slump means it has scored points in three of the last eight races, which has dropped it away from the Renault/Haas fight for fourth in constructors’ championship and closer to Toro Rosso and the Honda engine McLaren ditched ... ...

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If you missed any of the news or action from a wild weekend in Belgium, here is your F1 Debrief from all that happened. Plenty to talk about, so let’s go! Chaos at La Source Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL33, crashes over Charles Leclerc, Sauber C37, after contact from Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team R.S. 18, at the start Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images McLaren’s ... ...

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The world champion later clarified that he didn't mean to imply that the Italian team was doing anything illegal, but nevertheless his comments caused a stir. Whiting says that Hamilton couldn't know what Ferrari is doing, while confirming that the FIA is up to speed. "I'm quite amused by it really," he said. "Because we know quite a lot about the Ferrari car, and there is no way that Lewis ... ...

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Alonso was rear-ended by Nico Hulkenberg under braking for La Source, sending the McLaren up and over Leclerc's car, making contact with Leclerc's halo device in the process. The halo was introduced this season, to mixed opinion, to improve driver safety. Leclerc said: "I don't know how it would have ended up without it, but looking at it, I'm happy it was there. "I've been lucky on this ... ...

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Bottas piled into the back of Sirotkin's FW41 on the approach to La Source after the start, damaging his own front wing in the collision. A safety car brought out by the big crash involving Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc at the same corner allowed Bottas to pit for repairs without losing too much time, and the Finn was able to fight his way through the pack to finish ... ...

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Hamilton took pole in mixed conditions on Saturday and kept the lead off the line, but was passed by Vettel on the opening lap at the Kemmel straight. The German survived a subsequent safety car restart in the lead and went on to win by 11 seconds over Hamilton, cutting the reigning champion's lead in the title race down to 17 points. Speaking immediately after the race, Hamilton said ... ...

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The German braked too late for the first corner at Spa-Francorchamps and slid into the back of Fernando Alonso – pitching the McLaren over the top of Charles Leclerc. Following an investigation by the stewards, it was decided that the Renault driver had been guilty of causing the crash and would be moved down the grid for Monza. He has also been handed three penalty points on his ... ...

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On the weekend that the renamed and rescued team started its new era, Ocon and teammate Sergio Perez grabbed the second row of the Spa grid and ended up four-abreast with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in a lead battle on the opening lap. As Vettel got a run on poleman Hamilton for the lead on the Kemmel Straight, Ocon drew alongside both on the inside approaching Les Combes. The Force ... ...

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Vettel drafted title rival and pole-man Lewis Hamilton on the Kemmel Straight on the opening lap, passing his rival as the Racing Point Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez almost made it four-abreast heading towards Les Combes. Ocon backed out having pulled almost level with Vettel, allowing the German to hold the lead from Hamilton as Perez swept around the outside of Ocon into ... ...

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Alonso's car was pitched into the back of and over the top of Charles Leclerc's Sauber after Hulkenberg hit him from behind when the Renault driver missed his braking point for the La Source hairpin. In an incident that reminded many people of the start crash that earned a race ban for Romain Grosjean in 2012, Alonso said he was baffled by what Hulkenberg did. "Yet again a very big-time ... ...

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Both drivers were knocked out of the first part of qualifying on Saturday so were due to start near the back anyway, and have taken the opportunity to get a complete new set of engine components. Renault driver Sainz had hinted at a possible pitlane start, but the only change other than his new engine – which drops him to 19th – is a replacement right sidepod. Vandoorne, who qualified ... ...

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A timing gamble during a damp-but-drying final part of qualifying did not pay off for Red Bull, which will occupy the fourth row of the grid. Red Bull's usual struggles at the power-sensitive Spa circuit mean it has been off the pace of Mercedes and Ferrari in the dry, with Ricciardo struggling more than teammate Max Verstappen and even needing to run again Q1 after a mediocre first ... ...

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After a few quieter years, a recent revival has made the historic 7.004 km Ardennes venue one of the best attended events on the Formula 1 calendar, restoring its place as one of the monuments of the sport. The undulating nature of the track not only provides thrills for the twenty drivers but also for the fans. Spectators get to enjoy vistas and sightlines experienced at few other circuits ... ...

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A poor run of form earlier this year, combined with Leclerc's strong results in the first half of his rookie season, had edged Ferrari towards dropping Raikkonen at the end of 2018. However, the passing of Sergio Marchionne – a supporter of Leclerc – and an upturn in 2007 world champion Raikkonen's form seem to have earned the Finn a reprieve. With Raikkonen's prospects of a new Ferrari ... ...

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Steiner and his team’s owner Gene Haas are seeking a better understanding of why the new Force India outfit has been allowed to earn Column 1 prize money immediately, while the Haas team itself faced two years before it could qualify. F1’s commercial rights deals normally require new outfits to finish in the top 10 of the constructors’ championship for two seasons before they can qualify ... ...

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Rival teams have expressed concerns that Force India will be adopted as a “B-team” by Mercedes, and while Wolff downplayed that suggestion he acknowledged that there were opportunities for the two teams to move closer to the Ferrari/Haas model. “Obviously a few years ago when Ferrari spotted the potential in collaborating closely with another team, it triggered a thought process with ... ...

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The build-up to this weekend’s Belgian GP has featured a bizarre tit-for-tat as Alonso said Red Bull approached him to replace Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo’s in 2019. Alonso claims to have turned down “four or five” offers, including one from Red Bull, to stick with his decision to quit F1 at the end of this year. Red Bull insists it has not approached him since 2007. “I had ... ...

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With the door now closed at Renault after Daniel Ricciardo was signed, and the rebooted Force India team set to feature Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez in 2019, Mercedes has targeted McLaren as Ocon's best option for next season. Efforts are being made to place Ocon at McLaren as soon as possible – with Singapore looking more likely starting point than the next race at Monza – in order to ... ...

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The Strategy Group is made up of representatives of the FIA and FOM, plus the Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes and Williams outfits – as well as the highest finishing team in the previous year's constructors' championship. That has been Force India since 2015, when it replaced Lotus as the result of its sixth-place finish in the 2014 season. But following its new team entry that was ... ...

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Norris made his grand prix weekend debut at Spa on Friday, driving Fernando Alonso's MCL33 and outpacing the sister car of Stoffel Vandoorne. McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran said Norris, in the running for the second McLaren seat for '19, will get another outing at Monza next week. "He did a great job," said de Ferran. "One thing he has is great adaptability to new situations, I've ... ...

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Perez has been driving for Force India since 2014, and said during the summer break that he was close to firming up an extension - after the financially-troubled team had been rescued by a Lawrence Stroll-led consortium. It is expected that Perez will partner Lance Stroll at the outfit in 2019 – an outcome his current teammate Esteban Ocon alluded to when talking to Sebastian Vettel after ... ...

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Sainz could only manage 16th place after struggling with a poor balance in Q1, so he was not able to progress to the next session. However, he will gain two grid spots as both his teammate Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas have grid penalties. Sainz said that in the immediate aftermath of the session, his team couldn't get to the bottom of the problems he had faced. "We don't know yet," ... ...

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Raikkonen had looked like one of the favourites for pole position after topping Q1 and finishing less than a tenth behind teammate Sebastian Vettel in Q2. But as conditions improved late in Q3 following a rain shower, Raikkonen was forced to return to the pits because he did not have enough fuel to complete another lap. The Finn ran out of time to refuel and return to the track and qualified ... ...

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Ocon, who is backed by Mercedes, starred in mixed conditions in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying, putting his Racing Point Force India car third on the grid. The Frenchman's short-term prospects in F1 have been complicated by recent developments, as a likely Renault move fell through when the manufacturer signed Daniel Ricciardo, while Lawrence Stroll's takeover of Force India has made Ocon ... ...

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Rain that started to fall when drivers were heading back to the pits at the end of Q2 meant Q3 started in slightly damp conditions but with all drivers on slick rubber. But with the rain intensifying, and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas spinning coming through Blanchimont on his out-lap, everyone except the Racing Point Force India drivers went straight into the pits. With both Sergio Perez ... ...

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In April this year Neel Jani set a 1m41.770s around the 4.352-mile Spa circuit in the revised Porsche, which has an uprated V4 turbo engine and energy retrieval systems that give it a peak output of 1160bhp plus 50 percent more downforce and active aerodynamics. Jani’s lap beat Lewis Hamilton’s pole time for the 2017 Belgian GP by almost a second. That made it unofficially ... ...

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Vandoorne came across Bottas at the top of the hill after Eau Rouge, and opted to pass on the left just as the Mercedes driver moved in that direction. The Belgian put all four wheels on the grass before spinning over to the right, where he just clipped the barrier. Bottas had just been passed by Vandoorne's teammate Fernando Alonso, and the two McLaren drivers were practising slipstreaming ... ...

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The introduction of V6 turbo-hybrid engines in 2014 placed great emphasis on complex energy recovery systems but manufacturers have continued to make significant strides with internal combustion engine technology. Shell has brought a new fuel to the Belgian Grand Prix that has been developed in tandem with Ferrari’s latest V6 and maintains its contribution of “over 20 percent” towards ... ...

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Renault Sport F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul acknowledges that there is some reliability risk involved with the upgrade, and thus the works team won't take advantage of any performance gains as it tries to consolidate its fourth place in the championship. For that reason, it opted to give Nico Hulkenberg a Spec B when the German made a change this weekend at Spa. However, the customers now have the ... ...

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Kimi Raikkonen set the pace early on using supersoft rubber, setting a best lap of 1m43.425s 11 minutes into the one-hour session to outpace soft-shod Lewis Hamilton by a tenth of a second. That laptime was not beaten until the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers headed out again on fresh supersofts, with Raikkonen improving his time to a 1m42.734s with 20 minutes remaining to consolidate top ... ...

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Following the unprecedented decision to grant a new entry to Force India after the takeover by a Lawrence Stroll-led consortium, motor racing’s governing body has moved to clear up regulatory matters relating to the team starting from scratch. One question was whether or not the new Force India outfit would have to continue using the engine and gearbox allocation of the previous outfit, or ... ...

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