Tue, Aug 28, 10:13am by Staff Writer
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has trimmed Lewis Hamilton’s lead to 17 points atop the Formula One Drivers Championship.
Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa over the weekend, overtaking Hamilton who started the race in pole position.
The German is $2 at Sportsbet to claim the Drivers Championship, with Hamilton now a $1.72 chance to claim his fifth Drivers Championship.
There was carnage on the first corner of the race, with Fernando Alonso’s McLaren flying over Charles Leclerc’s Sauber after being rammed by Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg.
They were jaw-dropping scenes at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, as the safety car was deployed for four laps.
All drivers escaped unscathed and Hulkenberg was given a 10-place grid penalty for the Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton was unable to defend his Belgian Grand Prix crown, despite snaring pole position in wet conditions.
The dry track suited Vettel’s Ferrari as he outpaced the Brit to claim the race win. It was a regulation win for the German, who cruised home 11 seconds clear of his rival.
Kimi Raikkonen is in third place in the Drivers Championship, but took a puncture on the opening corner after crashing with Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo and did not finish the race.
He was forced to retire on lap nine due to rear wing and DRS damage. It was the same situation for Ricciardo, who retired on lap 31.
It is the Australian’s fifth race retirement this year, his final year driving for the Red Bull Racing Team. Both Raikkonen and Ricciardo are well behind the pace in the Drivers Championship, trailing Hamilton by nearly 100 points. They are both $251 to win the Drivers Championship this year.
Valtteri Bottas surged up the leaderboard after starting from 17th on the grid. He claimed fourth place and the fastest lap honours at Spa.
Max Verstappen earned his best ever finish at Spa, after coming from seventh on the grid to finish on the podium in third place for Red Bull.
The Dutchman is fifth in the Drivers Championship and two points clear of team mate Ricciardo.
In the Constructors Championship, Mercedes benefited from a retirement by Raikkonen to extend their lead to 15 points atop the standings. They are $1.53 to claim the Constructors Championship this season.
Ferrari is trailing on 360 points and is $2.25 shot, with Red Bull Racing well back on 238 points and $67 outsiders.
The famous Italian Grand Prix takes place this weekend at Monza and with only eight races remaining this season; every result is crucial for both Hamilton and Vettel.
It is the German who is favoured to win the Italian Grand Prix at $1.91 at Sportsbet, with Hamilton a $2.70 outsiders and Kimi Raikkonen priced at $5.50.
Lewis Hamilton $1.72
Sebastian Vettel $2
Daniel Ricciardo $251
Kimi Raikkonen $251
Max Verstappen $251
Red Bull Racing $67
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