user icon

Vettel: I timed Hamilton overtake to perfection

  • Published on 26 Aug 2018 18:31
  • comments 1
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Vettel says he timed his overtake on Lewis Hamilton to perfection as he blasted past the Briton on lap 1 down the Kemmel Straight. The move would prove to be crucial as Vettel stayed in front of his rival all afternoon to take victory at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

The pair had an even getaway off the line, but Vettel hung back slightly to get a longer slipstream as they climbed up the hill. 12 months ago, Hamilton backed off heading into Eau Rouge to shorten the slipstream effect, which kept him ahead on the opening lap.

Vettel learned from the developments 12 months ago, and went on to finish 11 seconds ahead of Hamilton: "On the first lap, I had great start. I'm not sure Lewis saw me, he pushed me quite far to left," he explained. "But I knew my chance would be later on up the hill, and I think I timed it well. Obviously last year I was always ending up short. It was better this year, we had a bit less wing. Timing is crucial and I managed that perfectly I thought."

On the run down the Kemmel Straight, Vettel admitted that he received a slight scare when he saw the Force India of Esteban Ocon pulling alongside him. However, when he maintained the lead, he felt relieved and went on to control a "smooth" race.

"Then the Force India came as well, but as soon as I was ahead, I was relieved," Vettel said. "With the Safety Car then, it was the other way round. I thought, well I got that done and now I've got the Safety Car, but I had a good restart, very good exit of Turn 1, kept it clean.

"It was tricky with the headwind braking for the first turn. After that it was a very smooth race. Lewis pushed hard, especially the first stint towards the end, he was very fast. Second stint, could turn everything down and control the pace. Great weekend."

 

Fergal Walsh

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • Norbert

    Posts: 108

    Ferrari speed and power left Mercedes for dead. Incredible improvement going into second half of the season.

    • + 0
    • Aug 27 2018 - 13:35

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 2,848
  • Podiums 118
  • Grand Prix 156
  • Country GB
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (37)
  • Place of b. Tewin, GB
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.74 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom
8 - Jul 10
Austria
22 - Jul 24
France
29 - Jul 31
Hungary
26 - Aug 28
Belgium
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands
9 - Sep 11
Italy
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom Silverstone
8 - Jul 10
Austria Red Bull Ring
22 - Jul 24
France Paul Ricard
29 - Jul 31
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Aug 28
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
9 - Sep 11
Italy Monza
See full schedule
show sidebar