Sebastian Vettel captures Belgian Grand Prix

Mae Harvey
August 28, 2018

"They have got a few trick things going on in the vehicle, I did what I could, we did what we could, so we have to keep working". "They've been favourites for a while now but somehow we've managed to do something about them".

Christian Horner showed little sympathy for Lewis Hamilton after the world champion complained about Ferrari's engine advantage after the Belgian Grand Prix.

"To be "best of the rest", with Esteban right behind me, is the most we could have done", said Perez. "I don't think the vehicle was there right from the beginning, but we've got it to the point where it works everywhere and now we're competitive".

That move proved to be the decisive moment of the race as Vettel ultimately cruised clear of Hamilton to begin the second half of the season with a dominant victory. "I don't know what's on their vehicle, so I couldn't say (if it is illegal or legal) either way".

"I had a great start, I'm not sure Lewis saw me as he pushed me to the left in the first lap", said Vettel of his decisive pass on Hamilton on the Kemmel straight after the title frontrunners had made clean getaways.

However, unlike a year ago at Spa-Francorchamps, when Hamilton shrewdly negated Vettel's slipstream advantage on the long drag to Les Combes with some cunning driving (as explained in the video below), this time Vettel wasn't to be denied. I don't mean anything to it so please don't read into it and please don't twist my words and say that I say they're doing anything illegal because they're not.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting was "quite amused" by the furore, saying: 'We know quite a lot about the Ferrari auto and there is no way Lewis would know anything about it.

"The deficits, you can see the deficits, it's the slow speed, and it's the traction", said Wolff. "If you aren't very good on traction and you are being outperformed slightly on power then lap one happens".

Ferrari have been subjected to a series of investigations about their engine by Formula One's governing body, the FIA, this season, but have not been found guilty of any wrongdoing.

"I'm quite amused by it, really, because we know quite a lot about the Ferrari auto and there's no way Lewis would know anything about the Ferrari vehicle", Whiting said.

"When you're beaten on the track, then you look at yourself and the others". And, if you can't find an explanation, you suspect all the nasty things'.

But Wolff maintained that he had "real faith in the FIA".

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