News : Formula 1 Belgium GP 2019 – Results: Leclerc ahead of Hamilton and Bottas – Vettel only on place 4

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Formula 1 Belgium GP 2019 - Results: Leclerc ahead of Hamilton and Bottas - Vettel only on place 4

In Formula 1 this year is already the 70th World Cup. From March to September 2019, the drivers have to prove themselves on a total of 21 sticks to finally emerge as world champion. This weekend is the 13th race, the Grand Prix of Belgium in Spa-Francorchamps, on the program.

Formula 1 GP 2019 Spa-Francorchamps: Results from the Belgian Grand Prix

Immediately after each passage, we provide you here on with the latest results from the outdoors training, Qualifying and race of the Grand Prix of Belgium at the "Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps". As you see the Grand Prix of Belgium in the Ardennes in live stream and TV, learn here,

+++ 01.09.2019: premiere victory in mourning for Leclerc - Next Vettel disappointment +++

First victory with a mourning ribbon for Charles Leclerc: 21-year-old Monegasse scored his first Grand Prix victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday. Almost exactly 24 hours after the fatal accident of his former racing buddy and good friend Anthoine Hubert on the legendary circuit in Spa-Francorchamps, Leclerc renounced his Formula 1Ferrari on big cheers. "It's hard to enjoy such a weekend, but a dream comes true," said Leclerc, and dedicated Hubert's success: "This victory is for Anthoine."

He relegated championship leaders Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes second was his stable rival Valtteri Bottas. For Leclerc's highly decorated German team-mate Sebastian Vettel started the second half of the season after the summer break with another serious disappointment.

The 32-year-old four-time world champion missed after a confused tire tactics, the podium and was only fourth. The win-win of the 52-time Grand Prix winner continues after he scored his last victory in Spa over a year ago. The fact that he had to let pass in Belgium after Teamorder Leclerc and practically served as a buffer, should not have pleased the native Heppenheimer. In the World Cup classification, the gap to five-time champion Hamilton continued: The Briton leads with 268 points. Vettel is 99 points behind.

As a normal race, this Grand Prix of Belgium will not be remembered, even if the racers down the visors and accelerated. A refusal had not been up for discussion. Nevertheless, the death of Hubert hit the stars of the motorsport premier class hard, before it all started pilots gathered for a minute of silence around a helmet of the Frenchman. His mother and brother fought behind sunglasses with tears. The drivers were struggling for composure.

But when the red traffic lights went out, it became turbulent on the legendary course in the Ardennes - luckily this time without any worse consequences. Pole-man Leclerc came off well, teammate Vettel was attacked directly by Hamilton, the Briton moved past the German, but Vettel countered immediately. Behind the legendary Eau Rouge, the 32-year-old, who won at Spa a year ago, has not won back the second place ever since.

So far came Max Verstappen not at all. The home race for the Belgian-born Dutchman was already over after about two kilometers. The winner of the Austria- and Germany race collided with his Red Bull in the first corner with the Alfa Romeo of veteran Kimi Raikkonen - inside Verstappen wanted to pass, but it was too narrow.

In the subsequent courage piece by the Eau Rouge broke the suspension, Verstappen landed in the tire stacks, happened to the 21-year-old but nothing, it was his first retirement after 20 races in which he was at least always fifth.

After releasing Hamilton tried in vain to get back to Vettel. On the long straights of the longest track in the race calendar, the Scuderia played out its engine power. At the front Leclerc drove first a sovereign race. Would the Monegasque, who was ousted at the poles in Bahrain and Spielberg at the end of the first place, make it this time?

Quite surprisingly, Vettel was the first to raise new tires, usually the better-placed pilot in-team has the advantage. Not only did Vettel keep Hamilton at a distance, he also got closer to Leclerc when he had to pit. It worked: Leclerc came back a few meters behind Vettel on the track. The disadvantage: Vettel now had to get by with the tires significantly longer than Leclerc and also Hamilton, who got new tires after half of the 44 laps.

With all the strategies, the pilots did not notice much of another stirring moment on this emotional weekend in Belgium. In honor of Hubert, the spectators stood up in the 19th round and applauded - the fatally injured Frenchman entered Formula 2 with the number 19. A race between state of shock and business as usual.

Because in the fight for victory in the classic gave the PS protagonists nothing. Even Leclerc could turn off the thoughts of Hubert, the two were already racing together as children. The lead in Spa conquered the Monegasse without a fight back, by team order let Ferrari Vettel and Leclerc swap places. The four-time world champion had to make room, he already stumbled already properly with the tires. He also had to pit once again and ranked behind Bottas in fourth, while Leclerc could defend the final Hamilton attack.

+++ 01.09.2019: Leclerc wins Formula 1 classic in Belgium - Vettel fourth +++

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc has celebrated the first Formula 1 victory of his career at the Belgian Grand Prix. One day after the tragic accidental death of French young rider Anthoine Hubert, the 21-year-old Monegasse prevailed on Sunday in Spa-Francorchamps. World Champion Lewis Hamilton from the United Kingdom finished second ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas from Finland. Sebastian Vettel had to settle for fourth in the second Ferrari. The 32-year-old lost more points in the overall standings of the leader Hamilton and remains only fourth after the 13th race of the season.

+++ 31.08.2019: Vettel and Leclerc with chances for their first win of the season in Belgium +++

Ferrari has justifiable expectations for the first win of the season in Formula 1 at the Belgian Grand Prix. Monegasse Charles Leclerc and Heppenheim's Sebastian Vettel will race from grid positions one and two on the legendary circuit in the Ardennes on Sunday (15.10 / RTL and Sky) in Spa-Francorchamps. British World Champion Lewis Hamilton and his Finnish Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas follow in third and fourth place. Before the 13th of 21 rounds of the season Hamilton leads in the overall standings. Last year's winner Vettel is fourth after the summer break with 94 points behind.

+++ 31.08.2019: Leclerc takes pole position in Belgium - Vettel second +++

Charles Leclerc has secured pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver drove the best time on Saturday in Spa-Francorchamps and pushed his team mate Sebastian Vettel to second place. Thus, the Scuderia starts in the race on Sunday (15.10 clock / RTL and Sky) for the second time this season together from the front row. The 21-year-old Monegasse Leclerc won the first grid position for the third time this year. Third place behind the Heppenheim Vettel was taken by British World Champion Lewis Hamilton, while the Finn Valtteri Bottas finished fourth in the second Mercedes.

Before the 13th of 21 rounds of the season, Hamilton leads with 250 points in the overall standings ahead of Bottas (188) and the Dutch Max Verstappen (181) of Red Bull. Vettel is only fourth with 156 points and wants his success in Belgium from last year repeat as much as possible. He has not won a race since.

+++ 31.08.2019: Vettel training second behind Leclerc +++

Ferrari also determined the final practice session. Last year's winner Sebastian Vettel landed in the Ardennes, 0.451 seconds behind his team-mate Charles Leclerc, who again turned the fastest lap on Friday, finishing second. Third was the Finn Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes. Hamilton had driven the seventh fastest time before his crash.

Before the 13th of 21 rounds of the season on Sunday, Hamilton leads with 250 points sovereign in the overall standings before Bottas (188) and the Dutch Max Verstappen (181) of Red Bull. The Heppenheimer Vettel is only fourth with 156 points and wants to succeed in Belgium repeat as much as possible from last year. Since then, the four-time world champion has not won a race.

+++ 31.08.2019: Hamilton with accident in Spa - Bangen to participate in qualification +++

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has to worry about his chances of winning the pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix after an accident in the last free practice session. The 34-year-old Briton crashed into the barrier with his Mercedes on Saturday afternoon at Spa-Francorchamps. In the incident after a small driving error in the Fagnes chicane was to see how the front axle broke on impact and his silver arrow got stuck.

"I'm okay, sorry, guys," the five-time champion and championship leader sparkled in a low voice to his team. Subsequently, Hamilton was driven back to the team garage. The training had to be interrupted. It is unclear whether Mercedes gets the car of his superstar until the start of qualifying (15.00 clock / RTL and Sky) again ready to drive. The heavily damaged at the front of the car was recovered with a crane and driven into the pit lane.

+++ 31.08.2019: Vettel dampens expectations before Belgium race +++

Ferrari made the start, but before the Formula 1 race in Belgium Sebastian Vettel preferred to dampen expectations as a precaution. "It was a positive day, but there are still many ways to improve," said the four-time world champion Spa-Francorchamps. On training Friday, the 32-year-old last year's winner had beaten only team-mate Charles Leclerc. Reason for this was also a small mistake.

However, the Scuderia could keep Mercedes at least on a round distance on distance. That's why Leclerc and Vettel are also favorites in qualifying on Saturday (15.00 / RTL and Sky). "The race is not just a lap, so we have to improve there," said Vettel. With the long exits Mercedes showed with world champion Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas already a slightly better idea - nevertheless the Silver Arrow pilots were not really satisfied on the undulating course in the Ardennes.

+++ 30.08.2019: Vettel to Formula 1 start in Belgium second behind Leclerc +++

Last year's winner Sebastian Vettel has beaten his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc at the start of the Grand Prix of Belgium in training. On Friday, the 32-year-old Formula 1 driver from Heppenheim was 0.630 seconds behind the Monegassen Leclerc, who set the fastest time in 1: 44.123 minutes.

Overall, Ferrari proved on the wavy course in the Ardennes that the first win of the season is possible in Sunday's race (15.10 / RTL and Sky). Vettel had retired in August 2018, the most recent success for the Scuderia in Belgium.

Third place went to the Finn Valtteri Bottas ahead of World Champion Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes. The Briton had problems with the gas pedal in the first session and complained of other difficulties with his helmet later in the afternoon. Hamilton was just nine tenths of a second behind the 21-year-old Leclerc. Nico Hülkenberg from Emmerich had to settle for 13th in the Renault.

Before the 13th of 21 rounds of the season, Hamilton confidently leads the championship standings with 250 points in front of Bottas (188) and the Dutch Max Verstappen (181) in the Red Bull. The Heppenheimer Vettel is only fourth with 156 points and has little chance of his fifth world title.

+++ 30.08.2019: Hülkenberg to Formula 1 future: "Will take a little bit more" +++

After his retirement from the Formula 1 racing team Renault at the end of the season Nico Hülkenberg does not expect a quick decision on his sporting future. "It will take a while, a few weeks in any case," said the 32-year-old from Emmerich on the sidelines of the Grand Prix of Belgium in Spa-Francorchamps: "The important thing is that I do the right thing for me." At the same time confirmed Hülkenberg that he wants to drive in the future in Formula 1 and currently no other racing series in question.

Hülkenberg has to leave the French factory team at the end of the year after three seasons. Its place takes the ten years younger Frenchman Esteban Ocon. "I feel free and relaxed and not under pressure to fall between the chairs," said Hulkenberg, who has been in F1 since 2010: "I'm very relaxed because I know that there is interest it also has to be right for me. "

Team boss Günter Steiner from the US team Haas confirmed on Thursday in the paddock already that Hulkenberg is one of the candidates for his team. The Rhinelander did not comment on this in concrete terms, but said: "Conversations take place permanently, other teams also call." This is an ongoing process. "

He denies nine races for Renault before the cooperation ends. It's a bit disappointing that we can not complete the work, "said Hülkenberg before the race on Sunday (15.10 / RTL and Sky) in the Ardennes:" I'll take that but not hard, I'm not mad at the team, it's about finishing well. "

+++ 30.08.2019: This is also spoken in the Formula 1 paddock +++

In the first race after the summer break, Sebastian Vettel wants to finally clinch his first Formula 1 victory on Sunday (15.10 / RTL and Sky) for a year. The Ferrari star reckons in Spa-Francorchamps but as usual with strong competition, especially from industry leader Mercedes and pursuer Red Bull. In the days before the Grand Prix of Belgium, there was already plenty of conversation in the paddock.

Excited debutant: After his promotion, Alexander Albon starts for Red Bull for the first time in Belgium. And the Thai-born Brit is really nervous after his sister team Toro Rosso's ascent. "The car has only four wheels," said the 23-year-old, who replaces Pierre Gasly in the cockpit. After a weak first half of the season, the Frenchman was forced to Toro Rosso. "I have to quickly understand how the team and the car work, I'm very excited," said Albon.

Serene crowd pleaser: Albons Red Bull stable rival Max Verstappen has plenty of self-confidence after two seasons' victories - and may hope for the support of thousands of fans at the start of the second half of the season. The 21-year-old was born in Belgium and starts for the Netherlands. "It's great to have so many fans behind it, it's a special motivation, but no pressure," Verstappen said: "This backing brings a smile to my face."

Party Weekend: Valtteri Bottas has a perfect party weekend behind him. From Sunday to Monday, the Finn celebrated in Helsinki with his closest friends on his 30th birthday, including star DJ and fireworks. He already knew that his contract with Mercedes will be extended until the end of 2020. On Thursday it was also made public. "It was a good party with good people, it was nice to celebrate with your closest friends," said the World Cup runner-up.

Dear Vegan: Lewis Hamilton is expanding his portfolio as an investor. The five-time world champion Mercedes participates in the restaurant chain "Neat Burger", which will offer hamburger on a vegetable basis. The first store will open on September 2nd in London's Regent Street, with many more to follow in the next two years. "I like the idea really well and I'm fully behind it," said the 34-year-old, who lives vegan himself and refrains from meat and other animal products.

Dear Alcohol: Altmeister Kimi Raikkonen has suffered a muscle injury in the summer break - but wants to start in his Alfa Romeo anyway. That's what happened to him Sports, "Sport is dangerous, I always say it's dangerous, drinking is probably safer, you do not get hurt, you just get a hangover," said the Finn. In the past, he has been on one or the other time with party nights.

+++ 29.08.2019: Vettel criticizes Formula 1 for Germany race +++

Sebastian Vettel regrets the Formula One finish in Germany next year and has clearly criticized the decision of those responsible. "It's a shame that Germany is missing in the calendar, I think Formula One needs Germany," said the 32-year-old native of Heppenheim on Thursday in the paddock of Spa-Francorchamps. It was "nonsense" to wave Germany.

However, Vettel does not want to give up hope, "that we'll be back soon," said the four-time world champion before the start of the second half of the season with the Belgian Grand Prix. He had finished second behind Max Verstappen of Red Bull at the enthralling home race at the end of July at the Hockenheimring in Ferrari.

The race calendar for the upcoming season had been released on Thursday morning. 22 Grand Prix are planned and thus more than ever before in the history of the motorsport premier class. Germany is missing in it.

+++ 29.08.2019: Hülkenberg loses Formula 1 cockpit at Renault 2020 to Ocon +++

The German Formula 1 racing driver Nico Hulkenberg has to look for a new employer and loses his cockpit in the coming year at Renault to the Frenchman Esteban Ocon. As the French factory team announced on Thursday on the margins of the Belgian Grand Prix, the 22-year-old Ocon will receive a multi-year contract and will ride alongside Australian Daniel Ricciardo from 2020 onwards. The contract of the 32-year-old Emmerichers Hülkenberg expires at the end of the season and will not be extended. He has been driving for Renault since 2017.

Even after the end at Renault Hülkenberg, who sits in the Formula 1 since 2010 behind the wheel, could remain active next year in the premier class of motorsport. Team boss Günter Steiner from the US team Haas confirmed on Thursday in the paddock of Spa Francorchamps already interested in a commitment of the Rheinländer. The Americans are running out of Frenchman Romain Grosjean's contract, which could be replaced. The second Haas cockpit is awarded to the Danes Kevin Magnussen.

Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul thanked Hulkenberg in a statement from the team for his dedication over the past three years. It was "a difficult decision" to no longer cooperate with Hülkenberg in the future, stressed the Frenchman. The experienced Hülkenberg personally have a large share of many positive developments in the team.

+++ 29.08.2019: Bottas also in 2020 next to Hamilton Formula 1 team Mercedes +++

The Finn Valtteri Bottas also drives in the upcoming Formula 1 season on the side of the five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton at industry leader Mercedes. As the team announced on Thursday shortly before the Grand Prix of Belgium, the 30-year-old extended his contract with the Silver Arrows for another season. "My goal is to become Formula One World Champion, and based on my experience with the team, I am convinced that Mercedes is the best option for me to reach that goal in the 2020 season," said Bottas.

The successor of former world champion Nico Rosberg has been driving five Grand Prix victories since taking over the factory team in early 2017. A real threat to Dominator Hamilton's ambitions for the World Cup was never presented to Bottas, who had previously been at Williams for four years. In 2017, he finished third in the World Cup, earning his best overall result so far. In the current season, he is currently second and could be runner-up world champion for the first time. Bottas and Hamilton are entering their fourth year together in 2020.

"I am very pleased that he will stay with the team for at least another season and I am looking forward to seeing him raise the bar again," said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

Recently, there had been speculation that the Frenchman Esteban Ocon (22) could take over the cockpit of Bottas in the future. Ocon is a test pilot at Mercedes, but now needs a plan to return as a driver. Hamilton's contract will run until the end of 2020.

+++ 27.08.2019: Facts about the racetrack of Spa-Francorchamps +++

Surname: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Track length: 7.004 kilometers

Number of Rounds: 44

First Grand Prix: 1950

Record champion: Michael Schumacher (2001, 2002) Kimi Raikkonen (2007) Felipe Massa (2008)

special feature: The so-called "Ardennes roller coaster" is characterized above all by its many curves and the height difference. This is namely between the highest and the lowest point of the route over 100 meters. It is also special that there are two pit systems because of modifications to the track.

Route profile: With the many curves, the drivers have to withstand strong centrifugal forces, which can throw off the Formula One car on the one hand, but also represent an enormous burden for the driver. The higher the speed with which a driver goes into the curve, the greater the forces acting on him and the vehicle.

German-factor: Ten times won a German with so far 51 editions. Six times, world champion Michael Schumacher, three times Sebastian Vettel and once Nico Rosberg succeeded.

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