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The 2018 Belgian Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 2018 Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix)[1] was the thirteenth race of the 2018 Formula One season, and the sixty-second time the Belgian Grand Prix was held on the Formula One calendar. It was held between 24 August and 26 August 2018.

In qualifying, Lewis Hamilton took his seventy-eighth pole position following a light rain shower in the middle of the third qualifying session, surpassing Juan Manuel Fangio and Ayrton Senna's number of four pole positions at the circuit, while Sebastian Vettel qualified alongside him on the front row. Esteban Ocon qualified third ahead of teammate Sergio Pérez to bring both of Force India's cars onto the second row following strategic errors for Kimi Räikkönen, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

In the race, Bottas damaged his front wing after hitting the back of Sergey Sirotkin, while Nico Hülkenberg crashed into the back of Fernando Alonso at La Source, causing Alonso to hit the top of Charles Leclerc's car and damage Ricciardo's rear wing before Ricciardo also punctured Räikkönen's tyre and damaged his endplate, deploying the safety car after Vettel took the lead from Hamilton on the Kemmel Straight in a similar fashion to the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix. Ricciardo and Räikkönen would later also retire from the race after Ricciardo had his rear wing replaced and rejoined a few laps down, while Räikkönen suffered a malfunction with his DRS. After the safety car came in at the end of lap 4, Vettel led every lap to take his fifty-second victory, Ferrari's first win at the circuit since 2009. Hamilton had to settle for second place, leading the Drivers' Championship by seventeen points ahead of Vettel, while Verstappen finished third and took his first podium at his home circuit after overtaking Romain Grosjean, Pérez and Ocon in the first half of the race.



BackgroundEdit

During the Hungarian Grand Prix, Force India entered administration,[2] but were later bought by investors led by Lawrence Stroll.[3] The team was later recognised as a new team called "Racing Point Force India F1 Team", while Sahara Force India was excluded from the championship,[4] thus also excluding all of Force India's points scored in the season prior to the Belgian Grand Prix.[5]

Mercedes and Ferrari brought their third upgraded engines to the Grand Prix,[6] although Valtteri Bottas was faced with exceeding the use of his power unit components, thus giving him grid penalties that put him at the back of the grid alongside Nico Hülkenberg, who had the same situation.[7]

McLaren's reserve driver Lando Norris also made his Grand Prix weekend debut, taking Fernando Alonso's place for just the first practice session.[8]

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W09 EQ Power+ Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W09 EQ Power+ Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF71H Ferrari 062 EVO P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF71H Ferrari 062 EVO P
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB14 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB14 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Racing Point Force India F1 Team Force India VJM11 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW41 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW41 Mercedes M09 EQ Power+ P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault R.S.18 Renault R.E.18 P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault Sport Formula One Team Renault R.S.18 Renault R.E.18 P
28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Toro Rosso STR13 Honda RA618H P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda Toro Rosso STR13 Honda RA618H P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-18 Ferrari 062 EVO P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-18 Ferrari 062 EVO P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 P
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 P
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber C37 Ferrari 062 EVO P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team Sauber C37 Ferrari 062 EVO P
Free Practice 1 only
47 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL33 Renault R.E.18 P
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Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

FP3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

NoDriverTeamFP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:47.452 20 1:46.496 20 1:47.061 20
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:45.558 6 1:44.250 6 1:44.479 6
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 1:44.358 1 1:44.129 5 1:42.661 1
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 1:44.718 4 1:43.355 1 1:42.724 2
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:46.387 12 1:45.817 12 1:45.814 12
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:46.557 14 1:45.537 9 1:45.536 11
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 1:46.300 11 1:46.080 15 1:46.182 15
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 1:46.169 9 1:44.662 7 1:45.341 8
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Renault DNP 1:46.153 16 1:46.942 19
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 1:46.554 13 1:45.622 10 1:44.963 7
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:46.965 16 1:46.470 19 1:46.502 17
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 1:47.012 17 1:46.078 14 1:46.087 14
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 1:45.951 8 1:45.753 11 1:45.464 9
28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 1:46.932 15 1:46.337 17 1:46.259 16
31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 1:45.786 7 1:45.935 13 1:45.485 10
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:44.509 2 1:44.046 4 1:44.048 5
35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:47.367 19 1:46.451 18 1:46.630 18
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:44.676 3 1:43.523 2 1:42.798 3
47 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 1:47.364 18 DNP DNP
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault 1:46.210 10 1:45.481 8 1:45.925 13
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1:44.724 5 1:43.803 3 1:43.464 4
Source: [9][10][11]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 31:42.977 31:41.553 11:58.179 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 41:43.035 11:41.501 21:58.905 2
3 31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 111:44.003 91:43.302 32:01.851 3
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 121:44.004 61:43.014 42:01.894 4
5 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 61:43.597 71:43.042 52:02.122 5
6 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 11:42.585 21:41.533 62:02.671 6
7 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 51:43.199 51:42.554 72:02.769 7
8 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 71:43.604 81:43.126 82:02.939 8
9 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 91:43.834 101:43.320 92:04.933 9
10 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 21:42.805 41:42.191 10no time 17*
11 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 151:44.221 111:43.844 10
12 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 141:44.153 121:43.865 11
13 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 81:43.654 131:44.062 12
14 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 101:43.846 141:44.301 13
15 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 131:44.145 15no time 18
16 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault 161:44.489 19
17 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 171:44.917 14
18 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 181:44.998 15
19 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 191:45.134 16
20 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 201:45.307 20§
107% time: 1:49.765
Source: [12]
  • * Bottas was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth TC, fourth MGU-H, third MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[13]
  • Hülkenberg was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth and fifth TC, fourth MGU-H, third MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[14][15]
  • Sainz was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth turbocharger, fourth MGH-H, third MGH-K, third ES and third CE.[16]
  • § Vandoorne was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth turbocharger, fourth MGU-H, third MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[16]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Lewis Hamilton
Sebastian Vettel ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Esteban Ocon
Sergio Pérez ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Romain Grosjean
Kimi Räikkönen ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Max Verstappen
Daniel Ricciardo ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Kevin Magnussen
Pierre Gasly ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Brendon Hartley
Charles Leclerc ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Marcus Ericsson
Fernando Alonso ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Sergey Sirotkin
Lance Stroll ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Valtteri Bottas*
Nico Hülkenberg ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Carlos Sainz, Jr.
Stoffel Vandoorne§ ______________

Source

  • * Bottas was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth TC, fourth MGU-H, third MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[13]
  • Hülkenberg was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth and fifth TC, fourth MGU-H, third MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[14][15]
  • Sainz was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth turbocharger, fourth MGH-H, third MGH-K, third ES and third CE.[16]
  • § Vandoorne was forced to start from the back of the grid after using his fourth ICE, fourth turbocharger, fourth MGU-H, third MGU-K, third ES and third CE.[16]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 44 1h 23m 34.476s 2 25
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 44 +11.061s 1 18
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 44 +31.372s 7 15
4 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 44 +68.605s* 17 12
5 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 44 +71.023s 4 10
6 31 France Esteban Ocon United Kingdom Force India-Mercedes 44 +79.520s 3 8
7 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 44 +85.953s 5 6
8 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 44 +87.639s 9 4
9 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 44 +105.892s 10 2
10 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 43 +1 Lap 13 1
11 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. France Renault 43 +1 Lap 19
12 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 43 +1 Lap 15
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 43 +1 Lap 16
14 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Italy Toro Rosso-Honda 43 +1 Lap 11
15 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 43 +1 Lap 20
Ret 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 28 Collision damage 8
Ret 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 8 Collision damage 6
Ret 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 0 Collision 12
Ret 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 0 Collision 14
Ret 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 0 Collision 18
Source: [17]
  • * Bottas was given a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Sirotkin.[17]

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

NotesEdit

  1. "Formula 1 2018 Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. https://www.formula1.com/en/championship/races/2018/Belgium.html. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  2. "Perez explains Force India's financial position – Speedcafe". 29 July 2018. https://www.speedcafe.com/2018/07/29/perez-explains-force-indias-financial-position/. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  3. "Force India set to exit administration". Formula One Administration. 7 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2018/8/force-india-set-to-exit-administration-.html. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  4. "FIA approves mid-season entry from Racing Point Force India". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 23 August 2018. https://www.fia.com/news/fia-approves-mid-season-entry-racing-point-force-india. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  5. Noble, Jonathan (23 August 2018). "New Racing Point Force India team granted official F1 entry". Autosport. Motorsport Network. https://www.autosport.com/f1/news/138205/new-racing-point-force-india-team-granted-entry. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. "Mercedes and Ferrari to introduce upgraded engines in Belgium". Formula1.com (FOM). 24 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2018/8/mercedes---ferrari-to-introduce-upgraded-engines-in-belgium.html. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. "Bottas and Hulkenberg set to start from back of Belgian grid". Formula1.com (FOM). 24 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2018/8/bottas-and-hulkenberg-set-to-start-from-back-of-belgian-grid.html. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  8. "Norris to make Grand Prix weekend debut in Belgium". Formula1.com (FOM). 20 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2018/8/norris-to-make-grand-prix-weekend-debut-in-belgium-.html. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  9. "2018 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 24 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/991/belgium/practice-1.html. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  10. "2018 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice 2 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 24 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/991/belgium/practice-2.html. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  11. "2018 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice 3 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 25 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/991/belgium/practice-3.html. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  12. "2018 Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 25 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/991/belgium/qualifying.html. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 8". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 24 August 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/72033/download?token=CPc5XuLY. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 7". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 24 August 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/72032/download?token=1H1QWnXw. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "FIA Stewards Decision — Document No. 17". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 25 August 2018. https://www.fia.com/file/72069/download?token=JAEgGrI8. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 "Engine changes relegate Sainz and Vandoorne to back row of Belgian grid". Formula1.com (FOM). 26 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2018/8/sainz---vandoorne-drop-to-back-of-belgian-grid.html. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  17. 17.0 17.1 "Belgium Grand Prix 2018 Race Results". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 26 August 2018. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2018/races/991/belgium/race-result.html. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
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Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers alphabetically Alonso • Bottas • Ericsson • Gasly • Grosjean • Hamilton • Hartley • Hülkenberg • Leclerc • Magnussen • Ocon • Pérez • Räikkönen • Ricciardo • Sainz • Sirotkin • Stroll • Vandoorne • Verstappen • Vettel
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