September 7th, 2008
Wins Spectacular 3rd At Belgian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton Wins Spectacular Belgian Grand Prix. WOW!! What an exciting ending at the Spa Grand Prix.
Lewis started from pole and lead the race for a lap or two before Kimi manage to take the lead at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
Kimi was leading most of the race but after the final stop the Finn didn’t look too comfortable on the hard-compound tyre and Hamilton was catching up. Then in the last few laps it started to rain and get pretty slippery and the cars were sliding around all over the place.
Then Lewis cought Kimi up and tried to overtake but was blocked on the first attempt. After a few more corners Lewis managed to get ahead but then went wide and Kimi overtook Hamilton again. Kimi then took the lead again but then spunn off in to the wall giving Hamilton the lead again.
UK visitors will be able to watch the highlights here.
Belgian Grand Prix Race Results:
1. HAMILTON McLaren 2. MASSA Ferrari +14.4s 3. HEIDFELD BMW +23.8s 4. ALONSO Renault +28.9s 5. VETTEL Toro Rosso +29.0s 6. KUBICA BMW +29.4s 7. BOURDAIS Toro Rosso +31.1s 8. GLOCK Toyota +56.5s 9. WEBBER Red Bull +57.2s 10. KOVALAINEN McLaren +1 lap 11. COULTHARD Red Bull +1 lap 12. ROSBERG Williams +1 lap 13. SUTIL Force India +1 lap 14. NAKAJIMA Williams +1 lap 15. BUTTON Honda +1 lap 16. TRULLI Toyota +1 lap 17. FISICHELLA Force India +1 lap R. RAIKKONEN Ferrari +1 lap R. BARRICHELLO Honda +25 laps R. PIQUET Renault +31 laps
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UPDATE: Hamilton penalised, Massa handed win
Lewis Hamilton has had his Belgian Grand Prix victory overturned by the stewards, handing the win to title rival Felipe Massa, who finished second on the road.
Hamilton was given a 25-second penalty for cutting the Bus Stop chicane during his wheel-to-wheel battle for the lead with Kimi Raikkonen during the closing laps.
The stewards, having received a report from the race director and having met with the drivers and team managers involved, have…determine a breach of the regulations has been committed by the competitor and impose the penalty referred to cut the chicane and gained an advantage – thereby breaching Article 30.3(a) of the sporting regulations and Appendix L chapter 4 Article 2 (g) of the International Sporting Code.
Revised Belgian Grand Prix result
1. MASSA Ferrari 2. HEIDFELD BMW 3. HAMILTON McLaren* 4. ALONSO Renault 5. VETTEL Toro Rosso 6. KUBICA BMW 7. BOURDAIS Toro Rosso 8. WEBBER Red Bull 9. GLOCK Toyota* 10. KOVALAINEN McLaren 11. COULTHARD Red Bull 12. ROSBERG Williams 13. SUTIL Force India 14. NAKAJIMA Williams 15. BUTTON Honda 16. TRULLI Toyota 17. FISICHELLA Force India R. RAIKKONEN Ferrari R. BARRICHELLO Honda R. PIQUET Renault *25-second time penalty
Here’s a video showing the last few laps and you can clearly see that Hamilton did cut the corner before the pit straight – but you can also see that Lewis let Kimi in front again on the strait and then overtook him again from behind before the first corner: