Lewis Hamilton wins Belgium Grand Prix and extends F1 World Championship lead

Lewis Hamilton made it five wins out of seven this season as he extended his lead at the top of the drivers' championship to 47 points with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix.

It was a masterclass once again from Hamilton at the iconic Spa track who led for the entire race.

Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas clinched second place, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen came in third.

Despite appearing to ease to victory once again, Hamilton insisted that it was far from the perfect race for the 35-year-old.

“It wasn't the easiest of races,” the Brit said. “I had a lock up into Turn 5 which started to give a bit of vibration and the tyre temps were slowly dropping.

“It was a bit of a struggle but nonetheless I think it was OK. I was a little nervous we might have something like at Silverstone with the tyre so I was nursing it.

“I know it is not necessarily what everyone wants to see – the Mercedes at the front – but no matter how much success we have to just keep our heads down.

“When I go back to the office now no-one is celebrating, it is heads down and thinking about the next race. It is an incredible mentality.

“I am 35 going towards 36 but I feel better than ever. That is a positive and I am really grateful to the team.”

Hamilton is now almost two clear wins ahead of Verstappen in the drivers' championship.

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It was a race to forget for Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell as the former lost control of his Alfa Romeo to wipe out the Williams man on lap 10.

Carlos Sainz couldn’t even reach that stage of the race though as his McLaren failed to start for the second time this year.

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