Belgian GP witnessed an ambitious, stylish and brave Lewis Hamilton, unmatched by Mercedes.
The Spa race started with a rare sight, the result at Saturday’s qualifying round also where the riders would start in the Sunday afternoon race. There is no reason to change such as penalty, or replacement of engine components. But before the race started, McLaren driver Carlos Sainz was unable to enter the race due to a problem. exhaust system, ending the game before it started.
The weather in the racetrack area, although it is expected to rain, is in fact in ideal conditions before the race takes place. The air temperature is 18ºC and the pavement temperature is about 31.5ºC.
Before the race, teams spent 1-minute commemorating young driver Anthoine Hubert who died in the race here last season in mode F2.
The first three riders, Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen, all use Medium tires – the tires they use to set-time in Q2. But Pirelli predicted the opposite, the optimal technical stop strategy is to run soft tires (Soft) for about 18 laps then switch to Medium, or 16 laps then use hard tires (Hard) to complete the game.
Another pit stop strategy is Soft 14 rounds, Medium 16 rounds and Soft at the last stint. If starting Medium, after 20 rounds will stop and switch to Hard. Maintaining optimal tire performance, teams can apply differentiated pit stops for an advantage on the track.
Belgian GP began and Hamilton steadily led the race from the first corner. In the back, Ocon quickly got ahead of Albon, and Ricciardo failed to attack Verstappen.
Meanwhile, Leclerc had a spectacular depart, coming in 8th place, ahead of riders Gasly, Perez, Norris and Kvyat. Ferrari second driver Vettel ranked 13th and is under pressure from Giovinnazzi in the back.
The problem is that Ferrari’s car does not have enough speed in straight lines, so only in round 5, Leclerc was overtaken by Gasly and Perez, dropped to 10th place, the young Italian team driver continued to be overtaken by Norris in the next round.
The lack of maximum speed on the Kemmel straight line did not help Leclerc maintain the advantage, so the eighth round of the Ferrari duo respectively ranked 12-13 disappointed.
At the top of the race, Hamilton firmly took the first place, leading Bottas by nearly 2 seconds and Verstappen by more than 5 seconds. Top 3 are far behind the following group with a distance that is not easy to level. From 4th to 10th place is the stability of the positions of the Renault, Racing Point, McLaren and Alpha Tauri teams, the position fluctuations may have to wait after the first pit stop of the teams.