Lewis Hamilton celebrated his 200th Formula One race in style on Sunday with a pole-to-flag victory at the Belgian Grand Prix .
The Briton’s fifth success in 12 races this season came after a closely fought contest with his German rival Sebastian Vettel pushing him all the way in his Ferrari.
3rd win in Spa ✅
58th career victory ✅
A memorable 200th race for
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A late safety car appearance forced the drivers to switch to soft tyres but Hamilton held firm with just two seconds the difference in the end. Australian Daniel Ricciardo took third place for Red Bull.
That result means there are now just seven points separating the drivers at the top of the standings; with eight races remaining, four-times champion Vettel has 220 points and Hamilton 213.
The Mercedes man will feel confident of edging in front with a strong chance of winning at Monza next weekend
I’m honoured to have raced with you. Equaling your pole position record is a dream come true. I pray for you and your family all the time-LH pic.twitter.com/dtopvF5zvZ— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 26, 2017