Lewis Hamilton was on scintillating form at Spa, with a stunning pole position on Saturday, but he knew that Sunday would bring a tight battle with Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari. The race was exactly that, with the pair jousting but Lewis staying cool, soaking up the pressure and finally winning through. Vettel admitted that there was little he could have done to beat his title rival – and the gap between the pair of them closed. It was great entertainment, even if the thousands of orange-clad Verstappen fans were disappointed early on when Max’s Red Bull failed him again. Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas were not in the same league as their team-mates and trailed along behind, while Dan Ricciardo was his usual opportunistic self and grabbed third in splendid style. Further back, the two Force India drivers again contrived to throw away a bag-load of World Championship points by hitting one another several times. The teamw ould not have caught up with Red Bull, but it would be a lot closer to third in the Constructors’ if they pair were a little more careful.
– We talk to Christian Horner
– DT describes rolling a jet-car speed record car at 250mph
– We remember Don Nichols, an F1 team boss with an amazing history
– We remember Ernest Friderich, a forgotten star of the 1920s
– JS looks to Top Gun for inspiration
– DT considers esports
– The Hack flutters from the Proms to Formula Ree
– Peter Nygaard captures Spa in all its glory
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