Hamilton Marks 200th Race with Victory in Belgium

Lewis Hamilton celebrated his 200th Formula One race on Sunday with a pole-to-flag Belgian Grand Prix victory for Mercedes that halved Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to seven points.

Formula One – F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – August 27, 2017 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the trophy after victory in the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix alongside second-placed Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Formula One – F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – August 27, 2017 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The Briton’s fifth success in 12 races came a day after he equaled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 pole positions.

Vettel finished second for Ferrari, 2.3 seconds behind, after making a strong start and tailing the triple world champion all afternoon without being able to get close enough to make a move stick.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo took third place for Red Bull after a storming re-start following a late safety car period that had closed the gap to the frontrunners.

With eight races remaining, four-times champion Vettel has 220 points and Hamilton 213. (Reuters)

 

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