Lewis Hamilton wins Belgian Grand Prix to extend World Championship lead

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth win of the season with victory at Spa as he lead home a Mercedes 1-2 in the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Brit's success means he extends his lead in the world championship over Max Verstappen to 47 points.

But it was a tense finish for the Mercedes star who expressed concern about his tyres in the latter stages of the race.

An unwanted sense of deja vu will have returned after his tyre blew in the British Grand Prix when he experienced similar issues, but there was no repeat.

Valtteri Bottas, who finished second, was unable to challenge his team-mate on the lead up to Les Combes on the opening lap and struggled to stay with him after that despite an early safety car following a heavy shunt involving George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi.

Verstappen in the Red Bull was once again best of the rest and managed to keep the German cars in his eye line – but that's all they were.

The Dutchman fought off his old team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on the opening lap as the Renault driver targeted a first podium for the French team since their return to the sport.

He was unable to bridge the pace gap but will nevertheless be pleased with his fourth place finish and fastest lap.

Esteban Ocon completed an excellent day for Renault as he overtook Alex Albon on the final lap to grab fifth.

Ferrari though were again the day's big talking point after another poor showing just a week away from the Italian Grand Prix.

The Tifosi will not be present at Monza and for that they may be grateful after Charles Leclerc was overtaken down the Kemmel Straight by the likes of Lando Norris and Daniil Kvyat en route to finishing 15th.

Sebastian Vettel, who was the best performing Ferrari in 13th, was passed by former team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo – a team who have registered just two points all year.

Lando Norris finished sixth with Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez rounded out the top ten.

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