F1 2023 Belgian GP – Fastest Lap

Hamilton secured the extra point on the last lap of the race.

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2023 Belgian Grand Prix, Friday - Jiri Krenek

Lewis Hamilton snatched the extra point for the fastest lap of the race at the Belgian GP on the final lap of the Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen dominated once again in front of an adoring home crowd, winning by over 22 seconds from teammate Sergio Perez, but the Red Bull driver was denied the extra point by Mercedes after Hamilton pitted late for a new set of medium tyres.

Hamilton crossed the line in fourth, behind the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc, while Fernando Alonso was sixth, ahead of Mercedes teammate George Russell.

McLaren’s Lando Norris rallied from a disastrous start to the race to finish in seventh, after his teammate Oscar Piastri was forced to retire on Lap 1 after a clash with Carlos Sainz, with the Ferrari also being forced out of the race due to damage sustained.

Dominant Verstappen

Verstappen started the race from sixth on the grid after a five-place grid penalty for changing the gearbox on his car, and the Dutchman immediately pushed up the field off the start and was into fourth by the first time the cars came through Les Combes.

The victory takes Verstappen’s streak to eight in a row, with 10 wins including the two Sprint Races in that time, and he goes into the summer break before his home race at Zandvoort 125 points ahead of Perez in the Drivers’ Championship.

Esteban Ocon secured more points for Alpine in eighth after Pierre Gasly’s podium in the Sprint Race, ahead of Lance Stroll and Yuki Tsunoda in the final points positions.

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