Why Ferrari was the real winner at Spa

Why Ferrari was the real winner at Spa

Though Sebastian Vettel's championship lead was cut to seven points by Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Belgian Grand Prix, it was still a win of sorts for a team never expected to seriously challenge Mercedes at Spa

In the end this was the perfect outcome for Lewis Hamilton's hopes of overhauling Sebastian Vettel to win the 2017 Formula 1 world championship. Hamilton converted his Michael Schumacher-equalling 68th pole position into victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, and slashed Vettel's 14-point championship lead in half.

But Hamilton had to fight tooth and nail to get the job done. He said it took "absolutely everything of me" to beat Vettel at Spa, and feels it will take a mighty effort from now until the end of the season for Mercedes to keep him in the title fight.

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