How Vettel's victory exposed Mercedes' 'many deficits'

How Vettel's victory exposed Mercedes' 'many deficits'

The final races before the summer break were arguably more lost by Ferrari than won by Mercedes. At Spa, Sebastian Vettel showed Lewis Hamilton how hard it will be to hang onto his championship lead

Failure was not an option for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari in the Belgian Grand Prix, not after having a pace advantage in the previous two races in Germany and Hungary but watching Lewis Hamilton rack up back-to-back wins thanks to his wet-weather brilliance.

Vettel must have feared he faced a hat-trick of reverses when Hamilton grabbed pole position in the Spa rain on Saturday. But on Sunday the Ferrari man took a dominant victory after passing Hamilton on the first lap to get his title bid back on track.

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