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2020 F1 Belgian GP: Different stage same results, Mercedes 1-2 led by Hamiltn

2020 F1 Belgian GP:  Different stage same results, Mercedes 1-2 led by Hamiltn

Last weekend’s Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix at the glorious Spa-Francorchamps saw Defending Champion Lewis Hamilton capture another win to extend his lead in the Drivers’ standings. Team mate Valtteri Bottas came in second, ahead of Max Verstappen who could do no better than third.

Fourth through sixth were two Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon who led home Alexander Albon in a second Red Bull. Ricciardo and Ocon took Renault’s best ever result in this shortened season.

The win at Spa was Hamilton’s fifth win of the year and 89th in his career.  For Mercedes, it’s their 50th 1-2 finish since 2010. Hamilton’s obviously piling up the points in the standings, now 47 points apart from Verstappen. Mercedes lead by a big 52-point from Red Bull in the Constructors rankings.

The bottom rung of the top ten was filled by Lando Norris, Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez.

Selected Drivers’ quotes:

Hamilton: “The first lap can be a nightmare, because of the huge tow down the big straight, but I managed to keep Valtteri behind me on lap one and from there I had a strong race. Of course, I’d love to be able to win every race wheel to wheel, but today was a different kind of race, it was all about managing the tyres and the gap to the cars behind.”

Verstappen: “On the medium tyre I didn’t have a lot of grip and then on the hard I was initially trying to put pressure on Valtteri but he was told to speed up and was able to build a good gap, so after that it was a bit lonely. There was not much action up front unfortunately and the tyre wear was quite high so we couldn’t really push. I had some vibrations towards the end of the race so I really had to manage my tyres, I took no risks and brought it home.”

Ricciardo: “We had a lot of pace today and fourth is a strong result. It’s been a while since I’ve had the fastest lap of the race, so that was also nice.”

Norris: “I controlled my pace when I had to, knowing that the Racing Points and Renaults were quick when we had a similar tyre life. I knew I might’ve been able to overtake and that’s what I did. One more lap and I could’ve done something to get P6, but I’m still happy with P7.” 

Gasly: “The overtaking move on Perez was especially intense but very enjoyable! We knew a safety car between the start of the race and lap 20 would be a killer for us, but unfortunately, that’s what happened and gave the other cars a free pitstop. We didn’t give up because we had a great car, good pace, so I pushed as hard as I could. After our pitstop, we exited almost last and we had to fight back through the field, but I enjoyed it and to recover to P8 was just great! I reckon the safety car cost us a potential P5 today because I think we lost around 20 seconds there and finished seven seconds behind Ocon in P5.”

2020 Belgian GP results

1         Hamilton                  1:24:08.761 

2         Bottas            +8.448s       

3         Verstappen              +15.455s     

4         Ricciardo                 +18.877s     

5         Ocon             +40.650s     

6         Albon            +42.712s8

7         Norris            +43.774s     

8         Gasly             +47.371s     

9         Stroll              +52.603s     

10       Perez            +53.179s     

Drivers standings

1         Hamilton       GBR   MERCEDES 157

2         Verstappen   NED   RED BULL RACING HONDA        110

3         Bottas FIN     MERCEDES 107

4         Albon THA    RED BULL RACING HONDA           48

5         Leclerc          MON  FERRARI      45

6         Norris GBR   MCLAREN RENAULT        45

7         Stroll   CAN   RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 42

8         Ricciardo      AUS   RENAULT     33

9         Perez MEX   RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 33

10       Ocon  FRA    RENAULT     26

Mercedes-AMG F1 aim for Sixth Title with 2019 Challenger

Reigning Formula 1 Champions Mercedes-AMG F1 Team has introduced their 2019 Challenger at the Silverstone Circuit. The 2019 F1 W10 EQ Power+ in a new livery, signifying the brand’s tenth year in F1, took its first laps at the famous British track.

Four weeks until the start of the season, Lewish Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas shared driving duties to experience the new challenger for the firs time. The duo will hit the Circuit of Catalunya for the formal pre-season test to gauge a better understanding of the 2019 challenger.  Hamilton and the team have garnered five titles working together, and in the new season they are going for a sixth.  Hamilton will start his seventh year with the team in the new season. He has four titles, 52 race wins and 57 pole positions since 2013.

Hamilton said, “I’m really looking forward to the next step of our journey together with Mercedes. This is my seventh year with the team and the energy and the determination within the team are really inspiring. The buzz really starts at the beginning of the year when you see the car coming together. Driving the new car is like meeting someone new for the first time – you want to get to know them the best way as quick as possible as you embark on a journey together.”

Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+: New regulations means new elements

Compared to its predecessor, the Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+ has been changed substantially. The majority of those modifications were driven by the significant changes to the Technical Regulations for the 2019 F1 season. The car follows the regulations’ minimum weight limit, which has been lifted by by 10kg for 2019.  The team have removed ‘some’ to shave more weight. Obviously, focus were given to improve on aerodynamics, suspension and the Power Unit.  Other than that, the F1 W10 shares plenty of similarities to the F1 W09.

Mercedes’ EQ Power+

Aside from F1, Mercedes is partaking in the Formula E Championship, which hit its sixth season, as a newcomer.

The engine of the new challenger has changes made to the cooling architecture, along with bettering combustion efficiency and incorporating a more efficient ERS system. In a nutshell, the marriage between the turbocharger assembly with the MGU-H, the inverter, the cells and the MGU-K: that whole system is now capable of operating more efficiently and helping with energy deployment through a race.