Lewis Hamilton was Spa-tacular in Belgium

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Last year's Grand prix at Spa in Belgium was where an angry Rosberg hit Lewis Hamilton, forcing him to retire. What dramas would unfold this year? Read on to find out more.

Lewis Hamilton was Spa-tacular in Belgium

Nobody in Formula One will ever forget Spa last year, when Rosberg attempted an ill timed overtaking manoeuvre on Lewis Hamilton, and was so angry at his own failure, he then hit his car, and forced him to retire. I am sure the words of disbelief that his own team mate would so such a thing, " NIco hit me!" will go down in history.

But in 2015 Lewis returned from a summer break, and a holiday he described as the best ever, to put these demons behind him on a track that is not one of his favourites, having won there only once before in the whole of his career.

Qualifying

on Friday Rosberg appeared to be supreme in practice, posting the fastest time. Later he remarked that he felt he was one step ahead of Lewis, and had a god chance of winning this weekend.

Lewis agreed that he needed to find some extra time in his middle sector to match his team mate. He promised his fans he would try his hardest at qualifying the next day. I wondered if he had actually used the practice sessions to test his car on a long run, and test brakes and balance, rather than be the fastest driver.

When qualifying time came, although Rosberg beat him fractionally in Q2, Lewis came back in the final part, posting a time that was half a second faster than Rosberg. At the press conference afterwards, although visible disappointed. Rosberg said her felt he could get Lewis at the start of the race tomorrow, and still win.

As usual, Lewis said very little, as he prefers to let his driving do the talking, he commented it would be a hard race, but he would do his very best to win it. This was the first race with the new starts, which are now entirely up to the driver, and Lewis had already expressed concern at not quite knowing what to expect.

The Race

Lewis got a good start, and pulled away immediately. Perez also got a good start, and looked at one point as if he would challenge him for the lead, but Lewis was having none of it, and once he got going, the gap started to widen.

Rosberg had a bad start, he said he had a wheel spin,and had to be content with fourth place for quite a few laps. Eventually he overtook the others when they started to pit. Lewis drove with confidence, and was never under threat at any time.

The only time Rosberg got near to Lewis was when they had a virtual safety car, where you have to keep a certain distance between yourself and the driver in front until you get the call to race again. Rosberg did not keep to that distance, it was noticed by Lewis, who spoke to the team about it on the radio, however, as is usual with Rosberg, no further action was taken. I think he must have an angel looking after him amongst the stewards, because never does that man ever get punished for any of his underhand tactics.

So when they were allowed to race again, he was only a second or so behind Lewis, so this made Lewis work even harder to prove his supremacy, and he was over five seconds clear of him before long.

However, drama occurred two laps before the race finished, when Vettel got a puncture, due to over use of his tyres, having only a one stop, which was not recommended by Pirelli. Seeing this happen made Lewis more cautious, so he allowed Rosberg to get withing two seconds of him, and still cruise to a very comfortable victory.

Afterwards

It was great to see a sparkling Lewis back when interviewed afterwards. He had silenced his critics, after what he had referred to as a messy race in Hungary last time, he had also conquered the demons that made this circuit one he didn't look forward to, and extended his championship lead to 28 points. As always he was humble at his own performance, but praising of the staff at the factory who work so hard to give him such an amazing car.

Vettel was angry with Pirelli for as he felt, denying him third place, as he had to retire. This is of course ridiculous, he took a chance and it didn't pay off, so he must take the consequences of his own team's actions.

Rosberg was very crestfallen, he had expected a good result for himself, but I am sure it will spur him on to work even harder to beat Lewis in the future. As much as I don't want to see Lewis make a mistake, or have an off day, there is no doubt that if this happens, Rosberg will capitalise on that.

Grosjean was delighted to make up the third position on the podium. Vettel's tyre failure was his chance to shine. He had worked hard all through the race, and thoroughly deserved this position.
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author avatar WOGIAM
25th Aug 2015 (#)

I was delighted most of all that this race was without any accident, Lewis win was well deserved and I was happy that Grosjean came in 3rd.

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author avatar Carol
25th Aug 2015 (#)

Yes me too Wogiam, Grosjean did very well.

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author avatar Retired
25th Aug 2015 (#)

One very odd thing happened in this race, which was when Bottas (of the Williams team) was given a mixed set of tyres at a pit stop - three soft and one medium. He had to take a drive-through penalty for this, and it must have made the car difficult to drive. I have never heard of this happening before.

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author avatar Carol
25th Aug 2015 (#)

You are right John, and I think it's such a shame that the driver suffers for the team's mistake.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
26th Aug 2015 (#)

Hello there Hot Rod Carol, glad to see Hamilton back in the oval,still my all time favorite was Aytron Senna RIP. Nice to read your delightful posts!

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author avatar Carol
26th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Fern, yes Aytron Senna was, and is, Lewis's hero.

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author avatar Retired
26th Aug 2015 (#)

Fern, What do you mean by "back in the oval"? Formula 1 uses real race circuits, with bends in both directions, that test drivers a whole lot more than the American apology for motor sport.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Oct 2015 (#)

Rosberg seems to be desperate to win with the help of some godfathers even, but Lewis proved a class act in the end.

Thanks Carol for this excellent write-up - siva

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author avatar Carol
21st Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva

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