Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel timed his move on Lewis Hamilton so perfectly that the Brit could not defend himself in the opening lap of the Belgian Grand Prix. The four-time Formula One world champion won the race at Spa by an 11 second lead over his nearest rival and pole-sitter Hamilton. This was a complete reverse of last year’s grand prix where Hamilton had put a big gap between himself and the Ferrari driver.
Sebastian Vettel overtook the Brit at the same point where Hamilton had successfully defended himself last year: “On the first lap, I had a great start — I’m not sure Lewis saw me — he pushed me quite far to left,” he explained. “But I knew my chance would be later on up the hill, and I think I timed it well. Obviously last year I was always ending up short. It was better this year, we had a bit less wing. Timing is crucial, and I managed that perfectly I thought.” – he explained.
The German admitted he was scared of a collision when he saw Rising Point’s Esteban Ocon approaching from the inside at Les Combes. But luckily, the Frenchman pulled away in time: “Then the Force India came as well, but as soon as I was ahead, I was relieved. With the Safety Car then, it was the other way round [between Lewis and I]. I thought, well I got that done and now I’ve got the Safety Car, but I had a good restart, very good exit of T1, kept it clean, it was tricky with the headwind braking for the first turn. After that, it was a very smooth race. Lewis pushed hard, especially the first stint towards the end, he was very fast. The second stint, could turn everything down and control the pace. Great weekend.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded.