Hamilton edges Vettel to win in Belgium

Lewis Hamilton secured his fifth win of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, slashing Sebastian Vettel’s Championship lead from 14 to seven points.

In his 200th Grand Prix, Mercedes’ Hamilton finished 2.3 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Vettel, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull completing the podium.

Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari was fourth after receiving a 10-second stop-go penalty for ignoring yellow flags when Max Verstappen retired his Red Bull with power loss on Lap 8.

Valtteri Bottas took fifth place in his Mercedes, followed by Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Romain Grosjean (Haas) and Felipe Massa (Williams).

Esteban Ocon survived contact with Force India teammate Sergio Perez on two separate occasions to claim ninth, with Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) completing the top 10.

Hamilton has moved to 213 points in the Championship standings, with Vettel on 220. Bottas is third on 179, followed by Ricciardo on 132 and Raikkonen on 128.

“The Ferrari was very strong today and they put on a fantastic fight,” Hamilton said.

“We were both pushing every single lap and there was no room for error or mistake.

“It is fun to be racing against another team and Sebastian at his best and the car at its best – that’s what racing is all about.”

For Ricciardo, his sixth podium of the year came after he managed to hold Raikkonen and Bottas in faster cars at bay.

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