The start of the Belgian GP went off normally, but a McLaren was soon flying through the air: it was Alonso, who had been hit by Hulkenberg. Other cars were also damaged and Kimi came on the radio to say he had a right rear puncture (probably after colliding with Ricciardo.) The number 7 car pitted to fit the Medium tyres, showing signs of some damage to the floor and bodywork.
“I don’t know what happened at the start: the only thing I know is that somebody hit me from behind and straight after that I got a puncture. I had a lot of damage to the rear wing endplate and the floor; at that point I could not go fast and the DRS stayed open all the times, it was hard to remain on track. It was pointless to continue, the damage was too big, so we decided to go back to the garage.” – Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen concluded, as reported by the British and the Italian media at the end of the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix.