Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took a hard fought victory over Sebastian Vettel in Sunday’s 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix to slash the Ferrari driver’s championship lead from 14 to seven points. Just 2.3s separated the title rivals at the chequered flag, as Daniel Ricciardo secured an unexpected podium for Red Bull with third place at Spa-Francorchamps.
Hamilton did just what he needed to in his 200th Grand Prix as he scored his 58th career success, but it was an intense nip-and-tuck battle all the way, with Vettel never more than two seconds adrift throughout the 44 laps, and sometimes a lot closer than that. Valtteri Bottas finished fifth for Mercedes.
Hamilton’s victory came on his 200th Grand Prix start, the Briton becoming just the 17th driver in history to rack up two centuries of races at the highest level.
Mercedes have now won in Belgium for three consecutive years, while Ferrari’s winless streak at the venue moves to eight years.