Lewis Hamilton win again in his usual way ending Mercedes’ three-year wait for another victory at Spa-Francorchamps with a supreme drive to his 89th career win in the Belgian Grand Prix.
In this particular race, Hamilton led from beginning to finish to defeat team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to stretch his championship lead to a massive 47 points – almost the equivalent of two race wins.
Hamilton, who has been a six-time champion, is now just two more victories away from Michael Schumacher’s all-time victory record, which could be equaled in two races’ time in Mugello at the 1,000th anniversary race for Ferrari, the team who the German great set the landmark with.
However, Sunday’s race underlined that Ferrari have far bigger worries right now than simply losing a prestigious record.
The well known Scuderia had won the previous two Belgian GPs but there was not even the consolation of a point for them this time on a humbling weekend for F1’s fast-falling giants.
While Sebastian Vettel was 13th and Charles Leclerc took 14th, with the team-mates even banging wheels at one stage as they fought for position out of the points amid a chronic lack of straight-line speed from their SF1000s
But it was a big day – and big result – for Renault.
At the fourth position was Daniel Ricciardo finished comfortably, with the Australian even taking the bonus point for the fastest lap with a fantastic charging effort on the 44th and final tour.