Spa-Francorchamps (dpa) – This time it was not a Formula 1 race that will be remembered for a long time. Lewis Hamilton took his fifth win of the season from pole position in Belgium.
The former Mercedes challenger Ferrari, who came alone after him, presented himself too weak. Nevertheless, some insights remain from the seventh race of the season in Spa-Francorchamps.
BOTTAS DOES NOT COME WITH: He would also like to become world champion. He wanted to hit back, win a duel with Hamilton. But Valtteri Bottas was always not there when he should have been there. At the start, he was unable to seriously attack Hamilton from second position. When it was released after a safety car phase, it was also too far away. Two days after his 31st birthday, all that was left for the Finn was the bitter realization: “I just couldn’t get him on the straight with the same car, Lewis drove flawlessly.”
ONLY THE BATTLE FOR TWO PLACES REMAINS FOR STEPS: He thought the race itself was boring. Max Verstappen secured third place behind the Mercedes duo Hamilton / Bottas. In the World Cup standings, Bottas came closer to Verstappen again, only three points separate them. The goal of the 22-year-old Dutchman is clear: to become the best behind the very best. Eventually the bands stopped playing in Spa. Beat both Mercedes men, as Verstappen once did at Silverstone, he can probably only do that again if everything fits together and Red Bull has perfect tactics ready.
FERRARI, AS BAD AS NEVER: That’s how “Tuttosport” put it right after the devastating performance in Spa-Francorchamps. 13th place for Sebastian Vettel, 14th place for Charles Leclerc. “Even the drivers don’t understand the car anymore”, Formula 1 said on their homepage: “That doesn’t help. After the dissonances after the decision not to renew the Vettel contract, this season is going from bad to worse for Scuderia. “And that for the home games next Sunday in the Royal Park of Monza and a week later in Mugello. Ferrari only as a trailing driver – that is of little use to F1 as a whole. Instead of sympathy, Ferrari is already being criticized by its competitors.
RENAULT IMPROVED: Daniel Ricciardo could almost have done the “Shoey” again – the dubious pleasure of bubbles from one of his racing shoes. But it was not quite enough for a podium place, as the Australian drove the fastest lap fourth in a Renault. Teammate Esteban Ocon finished fifth. “Next week we have a track with the same characteristics,” said the Frenchman, referring to the track in Monza: “We will try the same.”