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Belgian GP (2018)

23 Aug - 26 Aug
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Strategy Report: How Ferrari took command in Belgium

James Allen analyses the Belgian Grand Prix, where Ferrari inflicted a telling defeat on Mercedes as the world championship fight between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel intensified.

Issue #36 of GP Gazette is online now

The latest issue of GP Gazette is online, with all of the news and insight from an intriguing Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: Best of team radio

Recap the Belgian Grand Prix with selected radio messages from the Formula 1 race.

Gasly: Start tyre choice kept me out of Spa pile-up

Pierre Gasly says the decision to start the Belgian Grand Prix on the supersoft tyre kept him out of the opening-lap pile-up triggered by Nico Hulkenberg.

Renault knew Haas gap would vanish like "ice cube in the sun"

Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul says the team always expected its gap to Haas to vanish like "an ice cube in the sun".

Whiting elaborates on Hulkenberg/Grosjean crash comparison

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has elaborated on why Nico Hulkenberg did not receive as harsh a penalty as Romain Grosjean was given after a similar incident at Spa six years ago.

Whiting believes Alonso's tyre could have hit Leclerc

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting believes that the halo may have prevented Fernando Alonso's tyre from hitting Charles Leclerc's helmet in the Belgian Grand Prix crash.

Belgian Grand Prix driver ratings

No one quite pulled off a perfect weekend at Spa, but there were still some heroic performances as well as some extremely anonymous or baffling ones.

McLaren "hasn't progressed at all" in 2018 - Vandoorne

Stoffel Vandoorne believes McLaren has not made any progress in Formula 1 this season after admitting it is “difficult to get a worse weekend” than the Belgian Grand Prix.

How Vettel's victory exposed Mercedes' "many deficits"

The final races before the summer break were arguably more lost by Ferrari than won by Mercedes. At Spa, Sebastian Vettel showed Lewis Hamilton how hard it will be to hang onto his championship lead.

F1 Debrief: First corner mayhem, Vettel on top, Hamilton’s “tricks” jibe

Good morning. Welcome to the morning after a Belgian Grand Prix that started with a big bang for Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc, and ended with Lewis Hamilton’s Ferrari “tricks” remark that rustled some feathers.

Gallery: Belgian GP first-corner pileup in full

Check out the first corner accident photos from the Belgian Grand Prix with LAT and Sutton Images.

Whiting "amused" by Hamilton's Ferrari "tricks" comments

FIA race director Charlie Whiting says he was "amused" by Lewis Hamilton's suggestion after the Belgian GP that Ferrari has "trick things" on its cars.

Leclerc feels "lucky" after seeing halo damage

Charles Leclerc feels "lucky" after seeing the damage to his Sauber’s halo caused by an airborne Fernando Alonso in the first-corner crash at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Bottas penalised for first-lap Sirotkin clash

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has picked up a time penalty and two penalty points on his license for colliding with Sergey Sirotkin at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hulkenberg hit with 10-place grid penalty for Monza

Nico Hulkenberg has been give a 10-place grid penalty for the Italian Grand Prix for his part in a first-corner crash in Belgium.

Ocon: I needed one more metre to lead race

Esteban Ocon believes he was one metre away from putting Racing Point Force India into the lead of its first Formula 1 race at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: Vettel passes Hamilton to take victory

Sebastian Vettel claimed a dominant victory in the Belgian Grand Prix as a dramatic first-corner crash provided the major talking point on Formula 1's return from its summer break.

Alonso mystified by Hulkenberg's start mistake

Fernando Alonso says he cannot understand how Nico Hulkenberg got his braking so wrong for the opening corner of the Belgian Grand Prix after their spectacular first corner crash.

Live: Follow the Belgian Grand Prix as it happens

Follow all the action from the Belgian Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Engine changes set final Belgian GP grid

Carlos Sainz and Stoffel Vandoorne will start from the back of the Belgian Grand Prix grid after taking new Renault Formula 1 engines ahead of the race.

Ricciardo confused by time loss "everywhere" at Spa

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo admitted he was confused during Belgian Grand Prix qualifying as he continued to lose time "pretty much everywhere" around the Spa circuit.

Belgian GP: Starting grid in pictures

Here’s how the grid lines up for the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, the 13th round of the Formula 1 World Championship.

Perez has F1 deal "signed" for 2019

Mexican Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says he already has a deal “signed” for the 2019 season, with an official announcement due shortly.

Renault considers pitlane start for frustrated Sainz

Renault is considering making major set-up changes to Carlos Sainz's car overnight after ending up mystified by the handling problems that blighted his qualifying session in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Drivers: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Esteban Ocon (Racing Point Force India).

Fuel miscalculation wrecked Raikkonen's Spa qualifying

Kimi Raikkonen blamed a fuel miscalculation by his Ferrari F1 team for failing to complete another flying lap in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ocon uncertainty shows F1 structure "probably wrong" - Hamilton

The uncertainty over Esteban Ocon's Formula 1 future shows that grand prix racing's structure is "probably wrong", world champion Lewis Hamilton believes.

Belgian GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to pole as Force India stars

Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 world championship rival Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix in wet conditions.

F1 reclaims Spa record from Porsche's LMP1 car

Sebastian Vettel’s effort during Belgian Grand Prix qualifying means a Formula 1 car has reclaimed the fastest unofficial lap of Spa-Francorchamps from Porsche’s 919 Hybrid LMP1 ‘Evo’ machine.

Bottas reprimanded for Vandoorne incident

Valtteri Bottas has escaped with a reprimand after he inadvertently put Stoffel Vandoorne off the road in final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in final practice

Sebastian Vettel headed a Ferrari one-two in the final Formula 1 free practice session ahead of qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Live: Follow qualifying for the Belgian GP as it happens

Follow all the action from the Belgian Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Mercedes goes aggressive with new wheel design

Mercedes has introduced an aggressive update to its rear wheel design at the Belgian Grand Prix as it bids to seek further gains in its battle with Ferrari.

Belgian GP: Fresh F1 tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images bring you the latest Formula 1 technical developments on show in the Spa-Francorchamps pitlane at the Belgian Grand Prix. Click through the images below...

The nine days that will define Ferrari's season

Ferrari has come into the Belgian Grand Prix under pressure, following missed opportunities to win in Germany and Hungary. If the Scuderia can't maintain and capitalise on its chances at Spa and Monza then its title hopes could be doomed.

Vandoorne calls for reliable car before Norris comparison

Stoffel Vandoorne says McLaren needs to sort its reliability before it can think about comparing him with Lando Norris, his potential rival for a 2019 Formula 1 seat.

Belgian GP: Friday's press conference

TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Cyril ABITEBOUL (Renault), Christian HORNER (Red Bull), Gil DE FERRAN (McLaren), Otmar SZAFNAUER (Racing Point Force India), Franz TOST (Toro Rosso), Claire WILLIAMS (Williams).

Belgian GP: Raikkonen outpaces Hamilton in FP2

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen topped the second Formula 1 free practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, outpacing Lewis Hamilton by 0.168s.

Bottas to start Belgian GP at the back

Valtteri Bottas is set to take a grid penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix after Mercedes confirmed it will introduce its upgraded Formula 1 engine at Spa.

Live: Follow Belgian GP practice as it happens

Follow all the action from the Belgian Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Red Bull expects 0.15s gain from new fuel at Spa

Red Bull's fuel supplier ExxonMobil expects a 0.15 seconds gain for the team at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix as the result of the upgrade it delivered in Hungary.

Belgian GP: Thursday's press conference

DRIVERS – Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing), Fernando ALONSO (McLaren), Pierre GASLY (Toro Rosso), Carlos SAINZ (Renault)

FIA approves all-new Racing Point Force India F1 entry

The new Racing Point Force India team has been granted an official entry in Formula 1 from this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, the FIA has confirmed.

Norris to make FP1 debut with McLaren at Spa

McLaren Formula 1 reserve Lando Norris has been drafted in by the team for a Friday practice run at the Belgian Grand Prix - and could do more sessions later in the year.

Renault to introduce new floor in Belgian GP

Renault will introduce a new floor as well as other aerodynamic parts for next weekend's Belgian Grand Prix in its bid to maintain its place at the head of Formula 1's midfield battle.

Mercedes conservative on tyres for Spa and Monza

Pirelli has released Formula 1 teams' tyre choices for the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix, two races which feature the medium, soft and supersoft compounds.

Formula 1 confirms new Belgian GP deal

Formula 1 has confirmed it has sealed a new three-year deal with the Belgian Grand Prix to keep the Spa circuit event on the calendar at least until 2021.