Belgian Grand Prix 2015 Recap

After a poor finish at Hungaroring last month, the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Rosberg proved to everybody that they’re now back on winning form as they finish the Belgian GP in first and second places respectively. Vettel, the winner of the last race suffered a heartbreaking loss here as his right rear tyre blows out with just one lap remaining and he finished the race in 12th place.

Qualifying

Lewis Hamilton is back to his old self again after the summer break as he recorded the fastest time in qualifying. He’ll begin the race on pole position on Sunday. This will be his tenth pole of the season and sixth straight. As usual, Nico Rosberg came in second to him. The McLaren duo of Button and Alonso qualified for 17th and 18th places respectively, but will begin the race at the back. Grid penalties were imposed to them after they exceeded the maximum number of allowed power units to be used in a season. Other drivers who will serve their grid penalties on this race are Max Verstappen (qualified for 15th but will begin on 18th) and Romain Grosjean (qualified for 4th but will start on 9th).

Racing Conditions

The sun is shining bright on race day at Spa-Francorchamps. The temperature is just around 23 degrees Celsius which is just right. There’s a chance of rain today on the track, but experts say it might fall after the race is already over.

The Grid

The Race

The start of the race was delayed after Hulkenberg and Sainz’s cars encountered problems during the formation lap. Hulkenberg’s car failed to start and the race is now over for him. On the other hand, Sainz will begin the race from the pit lane.

After the delay, the race finally started with Hamilton grabbing the lead early on. He’s followed by Bottas, Perez and Ricciardo. His teammate, Nico Rosberg is on fifth place after the first lap. Vettel, the winner of the last race is just behind Rosberg and is threatening to overtake him.

On lap 8, Daniel Ricciardo, last year’s winner here made an early trip to the pit lane to change tyres from soft to medium. Sergio Perez made his first pit stop on lap 9. Like Ricciardo he also changed tyres, but from medium to soft. Bottas, Grosjean, Massa and others made their first stop on lap 10.

On the front, Hamilton continues to pull away from the rest and now leads by 7.5 seconds from Rosberg who is now in second place. He makes his first stop on lap 14. On lap 15, the leaders are as follows: Hamilton, Rosberg, Perez, Ricciardo and Grosjean.

Rosberg is gradually catching up with Hamilton on the front. On lap 17, he’s just 3.14 seconds behind Hamilton. On lap 21, Daniel Ricciardo’s car suddenly encountered a power problem and he’s now out of the race. The virtual safety car is in effect.

On lap 22, some drivers make the second and final stop for the race. The virtual safety car is also taken out and it’s game on once again. Rosberg continues to close the gap between him and Hamilton. He’s now just about 2 seconds behind the Briton on lap 23.

On lap 31, Hamilton makes his second stop and got a new set of tyres. Rosberg makes his second and final stop one lap after that. Hamilton still has a commanding 7.4 second lead over Rosberg at this stage of the race. On lap 34, the race leaders are as follows: Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Grosjean and Perez.

On lap 40, Hamilton and Rosberg have pulled away from the rest and are both 30 plus seconds clear from the other competitors. Vettel who just had one stop for this race is struggling to keep Grosjean behind him. On lap 42, Vettel’s right rear tyre blows out and the rest of the drivers quickly overtake him.

Hamilton finally grabs him second win at the Belgian Grand Prix after 43 laps. His teammate, Nico Rosberg followed him for second. Grosjean, who went up to third place after Vettel’s tyre blows out finishes third. This is his first podium finish for this season.

After Thoughts

With the win, Hamilton extends his lead over Rosberg to 28 points. He now has 227 points while Rosberg has 199 points. This is clearly still not a comfortable lead for Hamilton and Rosberg needs only a couple of wins to claim the first spot from him. Vettel who failed to have a points finish here is now in far third with 160 points. The next race will be in Italy on September 6.