Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc claimed the number one podium spot for the first time in his F1 career on Sunday at the Spa track in Belgium. However, celebrations were at a low for the Monegasque driver who dedicated his victory to his friend and F2 racer Anthoine Hubert who died in a high speed collision on the Raidillon part of the Belgian track on Saturday. After the race, an emotional Leclerc was open about his relationship with Hubert and he had “RIP Tonio” on his helmet and steering wheel and directed the cameras to a sticker on his car which read “Racing for Anthoine”.
Ferrari had an excellent day in qualifiers on Saturday which resulted in Leclerc starting in pole position followed by teammate Sebastien Vettal with the Mercedes locking out the second row. The race started off with Max Verstappen crashing into the barrier but remained unscathed. Birthday boy Carlos Sainz was also forced to retire as his McLaren he lost power. Alfa Romeo‘s Antonio Giovinazzi also did not finish the race as he too smashed into the side with just two laps to go.
Leclerc was impressive all afternoon and this should arguably have been his third victory the season as many critics believe that he ought to have won in Bahrain and Austria. Lewis Hamilton came in a close second and both he and Toto Wolff agreed that he could have caught the Ferrari if there had been two additional laps. Valtteri Bottas took third position which means Mercedes leads the Constructors Championship with 471 points followed by Ferrari with 326 and Red Bull with 254. Hamilton extended his drivers’ standing and is 65 points ahead of his Finnish teammate.
Sunday, 1 September 2019
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