The Belgian Grand Prix this year was largely average, not particularly good, not particularly bad.
Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole, equalling Michael Schumacher’s pole record, then the following day won the race as well. Sebastian Vettel followed him home in second, also taking the fastest lap of the race with a new lap record, and Daniel Ricciardo in third.
Kimi Raikkonen would likely have finished third if not for a 10 second stop/go penalty for failing to slow for double yellow flags. The double yellows were caused by Max Verstappen’s Red Bull once again deciding it doesn’t want to run for an entire race. Pascal Wehrlein and Fernando Alonso also retired from the race, Wehrlein with suspension issues while Alonso had the issue of a Honda engine in his car.
The grid was plagued with penalties; Palmer, Ericsson and Wehrlein were given five places for gearboxes. Vandoorne received a total of 65 places worth of penalties for PU changes and a gearbox change, Massa had five places for ignoring yellows in practice and Kvyat 25 for PU changes. That’s 110 places worth of penalties, crazy. (and if you’re interested in just penalties for Honda, I have that)
Force India had a errr, interesting, race, with the two colliding TWICE in the race and Ocon tweeting after the race that his teammate tried to kill him. The second collision led to a lot of debris, a puncture for Perez and a safety car being deployed, with Perez retiring the car a few laps from the end due to damage.
Damage limitation today, we were having a good race until Perez tried to kill me 2 times! Anyway he didn't manage to do so ending up P9😉! pic.twitter.com/00kmub96B4
— Esteban Ocon (@OconEsteban) August 27, 2017
Just one change in the Constructors’ Championship graph, Renault take seventh back from Toro Rosso. Just a single change in the Drivers’ Championship as well, Grosjean takes 12th from Lance Stroll.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||AUS||15||44||01:47.549||6|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India||FRA||2||44||01:49.721||9|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||ESP||1||44||01:49.709||13|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||RUS||0||44||01:49.708||19|
|17||Sergio Perez||Force India||MEX||0||42||01:48.300||8|
|RET||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||NED||–||7||01:51.022||5|