Hamilton wins Belgian GP in 200th race of his F1 career
Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium): Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix on Sunday, crossing the line first in a tight finish after completing 44 laps of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Starting from pole in the 200th GP of his career, the Briton snatched the 25 Championship points from rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, reports Efe.
"The team did a great job. Seb put a great fight on," said Hamilton after his victory.
Vettel finished a close second, followed by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes.
The German driver, who narrowly missed out on a win on Sunday and who has just signed a new three-year contract with Ferrari, remains in the top spot in the Driver Standings, on 220 points.
Hamilton's win puts him just seven behind, on 213 points. "It was really intense. I was waiting for Lewis to do a mistake but he didn't. I was too close at the restart," said Vettel after the race.
Fernando Alonso of McLaren had to throw in the towel due to engine trouble, and Max Verstappen of Red Bull was also forced to pull out of the race early in his sixth retirement of the season. Sergio Perez of Force India lost a front tyre in a clash with teammate Esteban Ocon.
Hamilton made history during qualifying on Saturday when he secured the 68th pole of his F1 career.