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SportHamilton: Ferrari were just too fast

20:15  01 september  2019
20:15  01 september  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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It was a really difficult race today: Ferrari were just too fast on the straights. "Congratulations to Charles for his first win, he's had it coming all year, so I'm really happy for him." Cant keep on saying ferrari too fast on straights. He was like a second faster on the corners. So it even's out.

The Ferraris were just too quick on the straights. "I got close at the end, maybe needed a few more laps but congratulations to Charles. His first win, he has had it coming all year and I am really happy for him." Driver of the day. There were a number of candidates. Hamilton was strong in taking the fight

Hamilton: Ferrari were just too fast © Getty Charles Leclerc just held off Lewis Hamilton to win the Belgian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton admitted that Ferrari were just too quick for Mercedes after he was unable to catch Charles Leclerc at an emotional Belgian Grand Prix.

Ferrari topped all three practice sessions at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit and all three sections of qualifying, but Sunday's outcome was far from a formality.

The Italian constructors had not won since their former driver Kimi Raikkonen's victory at the United States Grand Prix last October, but on the day the sport paid tribute to Anthoine Hubert, his long-time friend Leclerc ended his wait for a first Grand Prix win.

Hamilton crashes, Ferrari still dominant

Hamilton crashes, Ferrari still dominant Lewis Hamilton hit the barriers during Practice Three at the Belgian GP, while Ferrari continued to dominate the timesheet.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc held his nerve to hold off championship leader Lewis Hamilton and claim his Leclerc now leads from Hamilton . Lap 14 of 44 - And Leclerc takes back the fastest lap. 15:08 - There's just been a deeply emotional minute's silence in memory of Hubert followed by the Belgian

Hamilton was sixth quickest, 1.399secs off the pace and just behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas, after a messy session. Ferrari 's pace underlines their status as favourites for this weekend, as a result of their car being the quickest on the straight and Spa being one of the tracks where engine

The Frenchman came in for his tyre change exactly midway through the 44-lap race, putting Hamilton in front. But Mercedes called their driver in on the very next lap and made a slow stop of 3.6 seconds which may ultimately have cost him the win.

Hamilton: Ferrari were just too fast © Getty The Mercedes driver was within one second of Leclerc on the final lap

"They were rapid today, and they've been so quick on the straights all weekend," Hamilton told Sky Sports.

"In qualifying, we were losing over a second a lap, and you can't gain that back anywhere else. Today, in the race, they were quicker than we thought they would be.

"Seb (Vettel) dropped off from him on the long runs, so he wasn't really going to be in contention, but Charles was doing great times. If I had been second from the start, I think we'd have had a good race towards the end.

Dominant Leclerc on pole in Spa as Ferrari claim qualifying one-two

Dominant Leclerc on pole in Spa as Ferrari claim qualifying one-two Sebastian Vettel edged out Lewis Hamilton for second place on the grid in Spa, where pole-sitter Charles Leclerc was dominant.

Mercedes pairing Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton proved to be the closest challengers to Ferrari , ending up third and fourth respectively with just 0.046s Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi was 10th fastest on medium rubber but slipped down to 16th on softs. Pierre Gasly was 17th on his Toro

It was just over halfway through the hour when Hamilton lost the back end of his car approaching Spa's Turn 12, after appearing to get a wheel on the Neither Hamilton nor team mate Valtteri Bottas looked able to challenge Ferrari ’s ultimate pace, with Bottas third in the final order, half a second off

"But it was just the gap from my slightly longer pit stop, when I came out around nine seconds behind him so it was so hard to catch that up. To finish only nine-tenths behind him, I'm pretty happy with that.

"It's a race I feel pretty good about during a fairly wobbly weekend, but we've ended on a positive in terms of the result."

Hamilton: Ferrari were just too fast © Getty Hamilton finished second after fighting his way past Sebastian Vettel

When asked if Hamilton needed a couple more laps to clinch victory, Mercedes team principal and CEO Toto Wolff said: "Yes, maybe, but still overtaking on the straights against the Ferraris is very difficult. Maybe two would've done it.

"Maybe we stayed up one or two laps too late with Lewis. The optimum would've been a lap or two earlier, but then you're always very clever at the end of the race.

"For us, it wasn't a great track, and we lacked the speed on the straight lines. If this was damage limitation, we have to be very happy with it."

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Hahaha u Ferrari fans piping up after winning one race. in the middle of the race he had good pace Had the best lap time Was closing in on Hamilton and Vettel But then in the final 5 or 6 odd laps Hamilton was too agressive and Bottas too slowed down If he was able to maintain the pace he

Nonetheless, Ferrari are clearly the ones to beat. Mercedes were another quarter of a second The third sector is marginally in favour of Ferrari . Racing Point were the surprise package in third in the rankings. Racing Point look pretty handy when it comes to long run pace too , matching Ferrari .

Hamilton extended his championship lead because his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third, finishing ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Leclerc dedicated his win to Hubert, who lost his life in an F2 accident at Spa on Saturday.

Hamilton: Ferrari were just too fast © Getty REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Moments after winning, he pointed to the sky and then to Hubert's name written on the side of his car.

Hamilton added: "It was obviously not the best of weekends for the sport, and yesterday was a very tough day. Just coming here today was hard but we all had to go out there and try to clear our thoughts and just try to race with Anthoine in spirit.

"But coming here today, it was very hard to believe that we've lost a great racing driver, and yet the world just continues.

"The race was there so I had to get in the car and do my job, but I just raced with him and his family in my thoughts and prayers today and I think as a team we did a good job, and Charles did a fantastic job so congratulations to him."

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