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2017 Belgian Grand Prix

2017 Belgian Grand Prix
Race 12 of 20 in the 2017 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit
Layout of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit
Race details[1]
Date 27 August 2017
Official name 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix[2][3]
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Stavelot, Belgium
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 7.004 km (4.352 miles)
Distance 44 laps, 308.052 km (191.415 miles)
Weather Partially cloudy and dry
Attendance 265,000[4]
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:42.553
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
Time 1:46.577 on lap 41
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Ferrari
Third Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer
Lap leaders

The 2017 Belgian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 27 August 2017 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium. The race, contested over forty-four laps, was the twelfth round of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship, and marked the seventy-third running of the Belgian Grand Prix and the sixtieth time the race was held at Spa-Francorchamps.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel entered the round with a fourteen-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship with Valtteri Bottas a further nineteen points behind in third. In the World Constructors' Championship, Mercedes led Ferrari by thirty-nine points before the race.

In his 200th Grand Prix, Hamilton started the race from pole position for the 68th time in his career, equaling the record of Michael Schumacher for most poles, and went on to win the race. In doing so, he closed to within seven points of Vettel's championship lead.

Television and motorsport personality Guy Martin was present as part of the Williams pit team as part of filming for an episode of his 'Speed' series.[5]

Qualifying

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.184 1:42.927 1:42.553 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:44.275 1:43.987 1:42.795 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:44.773 1:43.249 1:43.094 3
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:44.729 1:43.700 1:43.270 4
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:44.535 1:43.940 1:43.380 5
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:45.114 1:44.224 1:43.863 6
7 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:45.280 1:44.988 1:44.982 7
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:45.591 1:44.894 1:45.244 8
9 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:45.277 1:45.006 1:45.369 9
10 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:45.447 1:44.685 No time 141
11 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1:45.668 1:45.090 10
12 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:45.728 1:45.133 11
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:45.535 1:45.400 12
14 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1:45.374 1:45.439 13
15 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1:45.441 No time 202
16 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:45.823 163
17 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:46.028 194
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:46.915 15
19 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:47.214 171
20 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 1:47.679 181
107% time: 1:51.476
Source:[6]
Notes
  • ^1Jolyon Palmer, Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein each received a five-place grid penalty for unscheduled gearbox changes.
  • ^2Stoffel Vandoorne received a series of grid penalties totalling sixty-five places for exceeding his quota of power unit elements and an unscheduled gearbox change.
  • ^3Felipe Massa received a five-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags in Free Practice 3.[N 1]
  • ^4Daniil Kvyat received a twenty-place grid penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit elements.

Race

At the start Lewis Hamilton held off Sebastian Vettel to lead although Vettel would continue to pressure him for most of the race. In the second half of the race, the safety car came out after the two Force India cars of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Pérez collided leaving debris on the track, earlier in the race both Pérez and Ocon had also touched wheels. Hamilton was not happy with the deployment of the safety car labelling it "BS", on the restart he came under attack again from Vettel but was able to fend him off up until the finish. Daniel Ricciardo came home in 3rd place, Valtteri Bottas' chances of the title were fading after only managing 5th.[7]

Race classification

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 44 1:24:42.820 1 25
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 44 +2.358 2 18
3 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 44 +10.791 6 15
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 44 +14.471 4 12
5 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 44 +16.456 3 10
6 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 44 +28.087 7 8
7 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 44 +31.553 11 6
8 19 Brazil Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 44 +36.649 16 4
9 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 44 +38.154 9 2
10 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 44 +39.447 13 1
11 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 44 +48.999 15
12 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 44 +49.940 19
13 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer Renault 44 +53.239 14
14 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 44 +57.078 20
15 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 44 +1:07.262 12
16 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 44 +1:09.711 17
171 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 42 Collision damage 8
Ret 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 25 Power unit 10
Ret 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 7 Power unit 5
Ret 94 Germany Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 2 Suspension 18
Source:[8]
Notes
  • ^1Sergio Pérez retired from the race, but was classified as he had completed 90% of the race distance.

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes

  1. ^ Although Felipe Massa was penalised, subsequent penalties issued to other drivers saw him restored to the position he originally qualified in.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Spa-Francorchamps". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "2017 Formula 1 World Championship Programmes - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Malcolm. "Spa-Francorchamps - The Motor Racing Programme Covers Project". www.progcovers.com.
  4. ^ "F1 reveals overall rise in 2017 attendance". GPupdate.net. JHED Media BV. 8 December 2017. Archived from the original on 9 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Guy's Race Pit Stop During The Belgian GP | Guy Martin Proper". 15 July 2019 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  7. ^ Benson, Andrew (27 August 2017). "Hamilton holds off Vettel to win at Spa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  8. ^ "2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Belgium 2017 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.


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