Hamilton cruises to 89th Formula 1 win

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Lewis Hamilton has claimed the 89th win of his Formula 1 career with victory in the Belgian Grand Prix

Starting from pole position, Hamilton led every lap to see the flag more than eight seconds clear of Valtteri Bottas with Max Verstappen rounding out the podium.

Daniel Ricciardo equalled his best result for Renault in fourth, snagging the bonus point for fastest lap on the final tour.

"It wasn't the easiest of races," Hamilton said.

"I think the tyre temperatures where slowly dropping, no matter how much you were pushing.

"I guess as you lose rubber you start to lose the temperature in the tyres.

"It was a bit of a struggle but nonetheless I think it was okay."

A clean start saw Hamilton lead Bottas into La Source while Ricciardo found himself boxed in behind the Finn with Verstappen to his inside.

The Red Bull driver then defended against his Australian adversary at Les Combes, the pair running side by side through the next three corners before Ricciardo was finally forced to cede the spot.

Their battle allowed the two Mercedes drivers to skip clear, Hamilton opening a 1.4 second lead by the time the Drag Reduction System was enabled at the start of Lap 3.

By that stage, Verstappen had dropped three seconds back from the race lead, with Ricciardo 1.7 seconds further back.

Pierre Gasly was on an early charge, rounding Sergio Perez as the pair dipped through Eau Rouge on Lap 2.

The Frenchman then rounded up Charles Leclerc, who'd moved up well from the start, to move into eighth place a lap later as they ran up the Kemmel Straight.

Leclerc continued to fall down the order, losing out to Perez soon afterwards on the same piece of race track and then to Daniil Kvyat on Lap 7.

The gap between the two leaders hovered around 1.5 seconds through the opening stages. No sooner would Bottas edge closer than Hamilton would edge…
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