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Vettel wins Belgian GP to cut Hamilton’s title lead

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Sebastian Vettel wins 2018 Belgian Grand Prix and to cut Lewis Hamilton’s title lead. Ferrari took lead on first lap from pole sitter Hamilton and simultaneously safety car delayed the race after massive crash.

Prompt reaction from Vettel

“I had a great start, Lewis pushed me quite far to the left, but l knew l would have my chance at the top of the hill.

“Timing is crucial and l managed that perfectly, l thought.

“I had a good restart after the Safety Car and after that it was a very smooth race. It was a great weekend.”

Prompt reaction from Hamilton

“I did everything l could but he drove past me like l wasn’t even there. We have to keep pushing to try to catch up.”

“He was doing times I wasn’t able to do,” says Lewis Hamilton in the post-race press conference.

“It got to a point where it was just sensible to save the engine.”

Hamilton adds on Ferrari’s upgraded engine: “We came here with a pretty good upgrade and, generally every time we do, they bring a bigger one.

“We knew they were quicker on the straights, particularly in qualifying in the last sector.

“We’ve known for the last four races that they’ve had some things on their car that’s enabled them to be quicker on the straights and we just need to work harder I guess.”

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