Hamilton marks 200th race with victory in Belgium

by Leon Thompson August 28, 2017, 0:33
Hamilton marks 200th race with victory in Belgium

It was widely rumoured that Vettel was flirting with the possibility of joining Mercedes, a prospect dismissed on Friday by his title rival Lewis Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel has signed a new contract with Ferrari, tying the German to the team for a further three years until the end of the 2020 season.

Asked by Sky F1's David Croft if he feared unreliability could hamper his title bid, Hamilton said: "I don't".

The length of Vettel's contract ends speculation he could join forces with Mercedes, and the likelihood of Hamilton moving in the opposite direction when his deal expires next year.

Ferrari have already confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will remain with the Italian outfit in 2018, but the identity of his team-mate remains unclear. "I believe that Ferrari has something unique, something the other teams don't have".

Hamilton's third Spa win helped him trim championship leader Vettel's advantage over him to seven points, with eight races left in what is shaping up to be a nail-biting finish.

"Vettel did a great race, he was very consistently throughout and it was fun to be racing against Sebastian at his best and the auto at his best, we were within half a tenth every lap and that is what racing is about".

After Force India teammates Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon collided on lap 30, the safety auto was called out for debris on the track, a move which blew the race wide open.

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"You could see exiting Turn 1 I was all over Lewis".

Hamilton also hailed Schumacher in a subsequent tweet, in which he wrote: "I'm honoured to have raced with you. But I don't believe any of the bosses at Mercedes or any of the individuals here at the team is unhappy with what is now in place, so I find it hard to believe they will change that". Vettel is back on track toward winning a championship, as he has four wins this year and has the points lead at the midway point.

"If we can make the same step, we can be close".

Just five seconds separated the top five drivers, before Hamilton and Vettel pulled away from the pack. "I've got the best job in the world!"

"I think they're able to keep up and follow quite closely for a long, long time, so I think they had the better pace today".

Vettel said the battle for the victory was a high-quality one throughout.

"I hope we can bring it!" "We are missing a bit, there [straightline speed]".

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