Rain may have lent a hand to Lewis Hamilton for his fortuitous pole position, but Sebastian Vettel managed to grab the lead on the first lap of the 2018 Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps to bring in a much needed fifth victory this season.

The start of the Belgian GP will be remembered for the massive shunt by Hulkenberg that sent Fernando Alonso sailing on top of Charles Leclerc, with the front wing assembly clearly being deflected from contact with the Sauber driver’s head by the Halo device.

The first lap charge proved crucial for Vettel as the safety car period then prevented Hamilton from making a move. Vettel went on to keep the lead till race end, giving him his 52nd win and 107th podium, thereby beating the legendary Alain Prost’s record.

Hamilton still managed a strong showing through the race, but it seems like Ferrari have managed to work out the power delivery on their engine, more than matching anything the Mercedes had to show in dry conditions.

Red Bull pulled out another podium finish with Max Verstappen coming in third. Daniel Ricciardo wasn’t as fortunate. His first lap was marred by contact with Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, resulting in him spending two laps worth of time in the pits having his wings changed. Raikkonen bore the brunt of the collision with damage to his wing and tyre, with the latter causing a puncture and a retirement.

2018 belgian gp start

The other team in the spotlight, the new Racing Point Force India F1 team, saw both their drivers bring in valuable points from their fifth and sixth position, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas pulling off a rather impressive run through the race to move from his penalty 17 position on the grid to a fourth place finish.

Sebastian Vettel said, “I’m very happy because we had a great race, the car now has proved to be robust on all tracks and this weekend we got a little more power from the new engine, which I think also helped us down the straights. At the start I tried to stay close to Lewis, getting a good exit out of Turn 1 and then taking advantage of the slipstream to get past. After the Safety car pulled out, it was just the other way round, so I looked after the exit of Turn 1 to stay ahead. The first stint was very close, only a couple of seconds between us; but then the guys did a fantastic pit-stop, I could not believe the light had turned green so fast, and that gave our rivals no chance. The second stint was ore about managing the car and the tyres for both of us. This is a great win for the whole team and hope in Monza it will be the same, but we need to keep fighting to be always up there.”

2018 Formula 1 Drivers

Car NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes358363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari294317
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari236205
77Valtteri BottasMercedes227305
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing216168
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing146200
27Nico HulkenbergRenault6943
11Sergio PerezForce India57100
20Kevin MagnussenHaas5319
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren5017
31Esteban OconForce India4987
55Carlos SainzRenault4554
8Romain GrosjeanHaas3128
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso290
16Charles LeclercSauber27 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1213
9Marcus EricssonSauber90
18Lance StrollWilliams640
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso40
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams1 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Mercedes585668
Ferrari530522
Red Bull Racing362368
Renault11457
Haas Ferrari8447
McLaren Renault6230
Force India Mercedes47187
Sauber Ferrari365
Toro Rosso Honda3353
Williams Mercedes783
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Brazil11/11/2018   
Mexico28/10/2018Max VerstappenSebastian Vettel  Kimi Raikkonen
United States21/10/2018Kimi RaikkonenMax VerstappenLewis Hamilton
Japan07/10/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Max Verstappen
Russia20/09/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel 
Singapore16/09/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenSebastian Vettel
Italy02/09/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenValtteri Bottas
Belgium26/08/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonMax Verstappen
Hungary29/07/2018Lewis HamiltonSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Germany22/07/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Britain08/07/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Austria01/07/2018Max VerstappenKimi RaikkonenSebastian Vettel
France24/06/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenKimi Raikkonen
Canada10/06/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Monaco27/05/2018Daniel RicciardoSebastian VettelLewis Hamilton
Spain13/05/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Azerbaijan29/04/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenSergio Perez
China15/04/2018Daniel RicciardoValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Bahrain04/04/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasLewis Hamilton
Australia25/03/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

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