Last year, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc won his first career race at Spa. This year, he and his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel couldn’t even crack the top 10.
Lewis Hamilton once again dominated to win his fifth race of the season.
Before the race even began, Carlos Sainz suffered an exhaust failure, ending his race before it began.
The start of the race saw plenty of movement as Esteban Ocon moved ahead of Alexander Albon into the top five. Pierre Gasly moved from 12th to eighth place in the first three laps. Leclerc started 13th, moved up to eighth place before being passed on lap three by Gasly and Sergio Perez.
At the top, Hamilton jumped out and maintained his lead over Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen.
Leclerc continued to lose straightaway battles as Lando Norris and Daniil Kyvat passed him with ease.
On lap 11, Antonio Giovannazi crashed and his loose tire took out George Russell, bringing out the safety car. Everyone pitted except for Gasly and Perez who moved up to fourth and fifth place respectively. Leclerc had a terrible pit stop lasting over 10 seconds, moving him below his teammate Vettel.
As the safety car left the track, Albon moved ahead of Ocon and Kimi Raikkonen moved ahead of both Ferrari cars.
Struggles continued for Ferrari as Leclerc’s second pit stop lasted five seconds, putting him in last place. Vettel was passed by Gasly (who was the last car to pit) as he overshot a turn.
Hamilton led wire-to-wire in this race, winning his fifth race of the season. Bottas finished second and Verstappen finished third.
Renault had a fantastic showing today as Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth on top of finishing with the fastest lap of the race. Ocon passed Albon on the final lap to finish sixth. Lando Norris finished seventh after starting 10th.
The biggest jump from the starting grid within the top 10 was Pierre Gasly who finished eighth after starting 12th.
Racing Point, Lance Stroll and Perez, rounds out the top 10.
Ferrari finished outside the points yet again this season as Vettel and Leclerc finished 13th and 14th respectively.
Formula 1 heads to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix next weekend.