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Vettel pushed back as Hamilton wins 2017 Belgium Grand Prix

27 Agosto 2017, 11:13 | Cornelio Vivanco

Vettel pushed back as Hamilton wins 2017 Belgium Grand Prix

Vettel pushed back as Hamilton wins 2017 Belgium Grand Prix

Mercedes continued to show they have the edge over Ferrari over a single lap, the team have secured the top spot in nine of the 12 meetings this season. He finished third that day in Melbourne, and went on to record nine consecutive podium finishes - including his first victory at the Canadian Grand Prix - in an nearly flawless opening campaign.

"We've done good steps forward and I'm looking forward to next week, obviously our home race, so yeah it has been a good day overall". Vettel had the second fastest time.

After being outpaced in the morning's free practice, he bounced back to top the afternoon times before rain swept across the majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit where on Sunday he will seek to trim Sebastian Vettel's 14-point lead with his third Belgian victory.

Spa, the circuit where Schumacher took his first grand prix win with Benetton in 1992 and his seventh and last championship with Ferrari in 2004, was a fitting location.

Hamilton made a good start to the race on the long climb up to Eau Rouge, with Vettel on his tail. "I love this team and I love the people I work with. Everyone can find a little bit of engine speed but, unfortunately, I think Ferrari can find the same engine speed as Mercedes can".

But while many pundits are predicting a Mercedes win, and probably a 1-2 for the Brackley squad, Ferrari can draw some encouragement from the fact that they have designed a race-winning vehicle this season - it's just struggling to maintain that level on the high-speed circuits.

The four front-runners made a clean start in grid order, Vettel stayed in touch with Hamilton on to the Kemmel Straight and had a sniff of a chance of a pass with the slipstream but Hamilton held a defensive line and the lead.

"The presence of Ferrari is huge". "That's my conviction. It was a no-brainer to continue". "The performance of our auto in general is looking good". That is four times more than came to see the Dutchman race past year.

But asked if he had considered a move to Mercedes - having reportedly discussed it with Mercedes' management - Vettel was ambiguous. "I know he doesn't want to be my team-mate".

"It's pretty much for all the Dutch here, so thanks for hanging around", said Ricciardo, whose teenage team mate Max Verstappen retired shaking his head in sheer frustration after eight laps. "I don't think he wants to be my team-mate".

Schumacher, whose 91 race wins and seven championships will still take some beating, set his pole record at Magny-Cours in France in July 2006. Ferrari announced the German's new three-year deal after the session.

"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it", he said. Vettel then split the Mercedes cars by taking P2, Raikkonen suffered some vibrations and only managed fourth.

Vettel finished a close second, followed by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes.

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