1 September 2019
Six hours after the race
The Formula 1 circus returned to action in Spa after the summer break and Ferrari dominated qualifying. But then on Saturday afternoon Anthoine Hubert was killed in a Formula 2 crash in the high-speed Raidillon section of the circuit, at the top of the hill above Eau Rouge. It was a shock for everyone, particularly for the young F1 drivers who had grown up with the Frenchman in karting, including pole man Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon. It was grim day. On Sunday Leclerc set off to score his first F1 victory, to dedicate it to his friend. The race developed into a fight between Charles and Lewis Hamilton but the Monegasque judged things perfectly, helped by Mercedes leaving the World Champion out on worn tyres. Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas were not really challengers and the tens of thousands of Dutch fans were disappointed on the first lap when Max Verstappen was taken out when he was squeezed at the first corner by Kimi Raikkonen. There was contact and the Red Bull was damaged and crashed at Eau Rouge, almost taking out Raikkonen as he too recovered from the incident. There was disappointment too for McLaren with Lando retiring on the last lap which dropped him from fifth to 11th, while Alex Albon did a supr job to fight from the back of the grid to grab the place from Sergio Perez on the last lap. Behind then Toro Rosso picked up points with both cars, while Nico Hulkenberg and Lance Stroll also scored. It was an emotional day for Leclerc, a day which he will remember as bitter-sweet. But, he's off the mark as a Grand Prix winner and Ferrari is clearly going to be very strong at Monza next weekend.
If you aren't Dutch it was a fascinating and action-packed race, with good on-track battles and strategic fights all the way down through the field.
- We talk to rising Chinese Formula 2 star Guanyu Zhou
- We remember Dick Seaman
- We look back at the career of Ferdinand Piech
- And pay tribute to Anthoine Hubert
- DT tells the story of Jessi Combs
- JS becomes a carpenter and ponders Fate
- The Hack recalls old friends
- Peter Nygaard capture the magnificant Spa in all of its glory
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