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Charles Leclerc wins the 2019 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix

2019.2.09.
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Charles Leclerc wins the 2019 Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix – his first victory in the discipline – and dedicates his victory to Anthoine Hubert, a Formula 2 driver who died tragically that same weekend. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas took second and third place in this Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth followed by Alexander Albon with his Red Bull. Pierre Gasly takes ninth place at this Belgian Grand Prix with his Toro Rosso.

For his return to Toro Rosso, Pierre Gasly finished in the points. A difficult race for Pierre following the death of Anthoine Hubert: “It was the most moving race of my career, it was important for me to offer Anthoine the best possible performance. Finally, it’s a good result and I’m happy to get two points in my first race back with Toro Rosso. »

Romain Grosjean took 13th place in the Belgian Grand Prix despite a good qualification: “We had an excellent start, the car was very efficient at the beginning of the race. Then we put on the medium tires and to my great surprise, the car was even better. So I was hoping it would be a very good afternoon. I was happy with my driving style and the car, you’re constantly fighting, but it’s so hard to have been in P6 and then move on to P13. It’s a difficult feeling to be unable to do anything. »

Renault F1 Team had a mixed weekend with Nico Hülkenberg in eighth place and Daniel Ricciardo in fourteenth place. A difficult weekend for Cyril Abiteboul: “We had a good pace in qualifying, but the penalties planned exposed us to incidents at the first corner, which were quite frequent in the peloton on this circuit. Unfortunately, this was still the case today. Nico was able to avoid the debris at the start by starting very wide and at the cost of several positions. Daniel was hit in the back, he was at the back of the pack and we suspected a slow puncture. So we had to get back into the game. We asked Daniel to manage his tires after his stop and he did an excellent job given the circumstances and the very significant damage to his car. We estimate that it cost him at least half a second per lap. Nico was able to regain a few places, but the mediums didn’t last as long in traffic and he had to stop again to put on the soft ones. This weekend was difficult for many reasons. We must therefore analyse it before turning to Monza, where we hope that our pace will be just as solid, but better rewarded in points. »

Charles Leclerc with his Ferrari won his first Formula 1 Grand Prix, a victory dedicated to his friend Anthoine Hubert: “It’s difficult to enjoy a first victory on a weekend like this. I grew up with Anthoine, and we competed in our first karting race with Pierre (Gasly) and Esteban (Ocon) in 2005. These are memories I will keep forever. Losing him yesterday was a huge shock, not only for me, but for everyone in motor sport. In a way, I am happy to have won today by remembering him in the way he should be remembered. He was a champion, and this victory is for him. The race itself was good and nothing would have been possible without the incredible car the team gave me. We made good improvements in terms of race pace and tyre management this weekend. In the end, I managed to cross the finish line in first place and I would like to thank the team for the hard work they did to make this possible. »

Championnat des Pilotes F1 de la FIA (après Spa)

1 Lewis Hamilton 268

2 Valtteri Bottas 203

3 Max Verstappen 181

4 Sebastian Vettel 169

5 Charles Leclerc 157

6 Pierre Gasly 65

7 Carlos Sainz Jr. 58

8 Daniil Kvyat 33

9 Kimi Räikkönen 31

10 Alexander Albon 26

11 Lando Norris 24

12 Daniel Ricciardo 22

13 Sergio Pérez 21

14 Nico Hülkenberg 21

15 Lance Stroll   19

16 Kevin Magnussen 18

17 Romain Grosjean 8

18 Antonio Giovinazzi 1

19 Robert Kubica 1

20 George Russell 0

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