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Lewis Hamilton holds off Sebastian Vettel to win landmark Belgium Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton celebrated his record-equaling 68th pole position with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, trimming championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s lead to seven points.

other sports Updated: Aug 28, 2017 00:00 IST
Lewis Hamilton,Sebastian Vettel,Belgium Grand Prix
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton competes to win ahead of Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel during the Belgian Grand Prix.(AFP)

Lewis Hamilton held off Sebastian Vettel to win on his200th Grand Prix start at Spa-Francorchamps and halvehis rival’sadvantage in the battle for the Formula One title.

The Mercedes driver took pole tomatch Michael Schumacher’s record of 68 on Saturday and fended off Vettel to claim victory in the Belgian Grand Prix for a thirdtime a day later.

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Hamilton was disgruntled when a safety car was deployed late in the race following a collision between Force India team-mates Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, but stayed out in front on a second set of soft tyres withVettel unable to catch him on ultrasofts.

Hamilton trails Vettel by only seven points after taking thechequered flag 2.358seconds in front of the Ferrari driver, who was unable to celebrate his new three-year deal with a win in the first race after the mid-season break.

Daniel Ricciardo took third place ahead ofKimi Raikkonen, whowas given a 10 second stop-go penalty after failing to slow for double yellow flags.

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Valtteri Bottas finished fifth after dropping back following the restart, while Max Verstappen endured more misery as he retired for the sixth time this season.

First Published: Aug 27, 2017 19:29 IST