Lewis Hamilton scored yet another victory by winning the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix on Spa. His teammate in Mercedes Valtteri Bottas placed second, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. The three of them implemented identical tire strategies, while tire life conservation played a major role in the final stages of the race. Unsurprisingly, no major challenges for the lead occurred, further strengthening Mercedes’ dominance in the 2020 season.
On the other hand, midfield battles were on the rise. Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon placed their Renault cars ahead of Red Bull’s Alex Albon, finishing in P4, P5 and P6, respectively. Lando Norris with McLaren finished 7th, ahead of Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly. Pierre gambled with an alternative tire strategy, which worked out well for him and helped him with his battle over Racing Point. Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez today’s completed top 10.
Daniil Kvyat with Alpha Tauri was the first to miss on the points in Belgium. He was followed by Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, also referred as The King of Spa due to his 4 iconic victories on the track. Despite the relatively strong performance, Kimi struggled to keep up with the cars ahead and once again came home without scoring any points. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finished their nightmare of a weekend exactly where they started on the grid – 13th and 14th (in reverse order compared to yesterday’s qualifying result). Their poor performance today put the team under a rather uncomfortable spotlight ahead of Scuderia’s home Italian GP next weekend. Romain Grosjean with Haas and Nicholas Latifi with Williams finished 15th and 16th, respectively. Kevin Magnussen was the last to cross the checkered flag by placing 17th for Haas.
With just several laps into the race, Antonio Giovinazzi lost the control of his Alfa Romeo and crashed hard in the wall. This unexpected high speed crash brought trouble for George Russell, whose Williams hit a tire from Giovinazzi’s wreck. Ultimately, Russell also ended up in the wall and their mutual accident caused the safety car to come out.
Carlos Sainz was supposed to start the race from 6th on the grid for McLaren. Unfortunately for the team, his mechanics discovered terminal problems with the car shorty before the start, denying Carlos the chance to participate today.
HERE you can access the official complete results from the 2020 Belgian GP.