Having matched Michael Schumacher’s record for the most pole positions, Lewis Hamilton resisted race-long pressure from title rival Sebastian Vettel to secure victory in the Belgian Grand Prix.
In his 200th race, Mercedes ace Hamilton outdragged fellow front-row start Vettel on the run to Spa-Francorchamp’s tight first turn, and son built a narrow lead over the Ferrari driver.
Vettel, who recently signed a three-year contract extension to stay at Ferrari, pushed Hamilton throughout the race, and closed right in following a late-race safety car period. But Hamilton made a clean restart, pulling out enough of a gap to secure his 58th career win in his 200th start.
“It was fun to be racing against another team, with Sebastian at his best and the car at its best,” said Hamilton. “We were just battling within half a tenth every single lap and that’s what racing is all about.”