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Hamilton wins in Belgium

Lewis Hamilton comes through to take a superb victory in Belgium for McLaren ahead of Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber and Renault man Robert Kubica.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton comes through to win a rain-affected Belgian Grand Prix, leading from start-to-finish despite very tricky changeable conditions.

Hamilton, who qualified second, moved up into P1 at the off, when pole sitter, Mark Webber got bogged down and slipped to sixth. Hamilton then pulled away and despite two safety car periods and a late scare at the end, when he went off when another rain shower hit the Spa circuit, he held on and eventually took the maximum 25 points to put himself back top in the race for the F1 2010 drivers' title.

Webber meanwhile recovered from his bad start to take the runners-up in his Red Bull, getting the better of Robert Kubica in the closing stages when the Pole made a mistake when he came in to change tyres and overshot his pit box.

Further down the order, Adrian Sutil was fourth for Force India followed by Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, as Mercedes made the most of the rain to bounce back from their pre-race grid penalties.

Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi was next up, with Vitaly Petrov and Jaime Alguersuari claiming the final points in ninth and tenth.

Sebastian Vettel was only 15th after a turbulent race, which included a notable incident on lap 16 with Jenson Button, while the two were battling for second. Button had to retire as a result, while Vettel got a drive-through.

Fellow championship hopeful Fernando Alonso also failed to get to the chequered flag in his Ferrari crashing out near the end when he got caught out by the rain.

Full report and result to follow...

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Saturday Practice, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Friday Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25
Friday Practice 1, Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-25

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FooAtari .

August 29, 2010 2:36 PM
Last Edited 520 days ago

Awesome race by Hamilton, goes some way to make up for getting robbed in 08. Great result for Webber too, well driven after poor start. In fact neither driver could have asked for a better result with Button, Vettel and Alonso not scoring. Talking of Vettel, where on earth was his head today?? Sure, he is a very quick driver, but sometimes he seems more like a liability than an asset. How many mistakes has he made this year now? Maybe he just needs a little more experience or some mentoring to calm him down. Anyway great race, by far and away the best track on the calendar. Makes those middle eastern tracks look like a joke, and tracks like Spa get about 3 times as many spectators too

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