Belgium (AFP) – Defending two-time world champion Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in this year’s title race to 28 points when he claimed a near-flawless victory ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a thrilling Belgian Grand Prix.
Starting from his 10th pole position of the season and sixth in succession, the 30-year-old Briton dominated with some ease as he finished a controlled 2.058 seconds clear of the German. Hamilton now has 227 points and Rosberg 199.
It was Hamilton’s second victory at the Belgian race, having won for McLaren in 2010, his sixth of the season and the 39th of his career. It was also his 80th podium, equalling the mark of the late great Brazilian Ayrton Senna.
“Thank you guys, what a great job,” said Hamilton from his cockpit.
“I am so happy with that. Thank you.”
Later, from the podium, he made clear he felt it was too soon to talk of taking the title.
“It is way too early to say that – the key is turning poles into wins and hopefully today is the beginning of that.”
Rosberg, whose wife Vivian is expecting their first child at any time, said he was keen to rush home to Monte Carlo, but he added: “I messed up the start. Lewis did a great job and deserved the win. I tried to challenge him but not enough.
“I am rushing off after this because we are expecting our first child any moment. It’s an exciting time and I look forward to next week.”
Hamilton added: “We have had such a great crowd here this weekend. The whole circuit has been packed out and it has been an Incredible job by the team.
“For me, today was a dream and the car was fantastic all weekend. When I saw one of the tyres blow off one of the …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper