Hamilton Accepts Blame for Collision, Verstappen Cruises to Belgian GP Win
Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team — Photo by canno73

Lewis Hamilton accepted fault for the first lap crash with Fernando Alonso at the Belgian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen cruised to a comfortable victory despite starting from 14th.

Verstappen claimed his third straight Grand Prix victory to move up to 284 points, with Sergio Perez finishing second to secure a Red Bull one-two and climb into second on the Drivers’ Championship standings with 191 points.

Perez is now ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who finished sixth after starting from 16th, not helped by a five-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane after a late push for the fastest-lap point, meaning he dropped below Alonso.

Carlos Sainz finished third, despite some late pressure from George Russell, while his Mercedes teammate Hamilton retired due to collision damage on the first lap.

Hamilton’s collision with Alonso was a major talking point, with the latter heard on team radio calling the seven-time world champion an “idiot”.

“What an idiot,” Alonso said. “He closed the door from the outside. I mean, we had a mega-start but this guy only knows how to drive starting first.”

When told about Alonso’s comments, Hamilton said: “I dont really have a response. I know how things go in the heat of the moment, but it is nice to know how he feels about me, and it is better that it is out in the open how he feels.

“It wasnt intentional. I take responsibility for it. That is what adults do, and we move on.”

Verstappen’s victory means he has a stronghold on a second straight title, which Leclerc conceded.

“It starts to look very difficult, especially with the pace (Red Bull) have shown this weekend, its going to be very, very difficult,” Leclerc said.

“But I’ll keep my head down, try to focus race by race and try to do my best.”

The F1 season moves to Verstappen’s homeland next for the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.

“I dont expect it to be like that every single race weekend just because of the track layout, more downforce on the car to get round, less straights as well,” Verstappen said.

“Definitely, it will be closer, yes. But we of course again made a bigger gap which is of course very nice, but we know that we have to score points every single weekend.”

Ben somerford
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