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Belgian GP (2017)

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Vandoorne column: Grid drop makes for frustrating home debut

In his latest column, Stoffel Vandoorne looks back at his Belgian Grand Prix debut, which was severely compromised by a raft of engine penalties.

Gallery: Mick Schumacher's special helmet design for Spa demo

Mick Schumacher drove the Benetton B194, the car his father Michael Schumacher raced with, before the recent Formula 1 race at Spa-Francorchamps. A special helmet design was developed for the drive. Here is a gallery of the helmet.

Race strategy report: James Allen’s Belgian GP analysis

Brought to you by UBS, here is James Allen’s strategic analysis of the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix.

"What the *** is he doing?! ***** you idiot!" The best radio of Belgium

From Esteban Ocon and Kimi Raikkonen's anger to Fernando Alonso's disappointment, the Belgian Grand Prix had a lot of interesting radio conversations between the pit wall and drivers. Here are some of the best of the weekend.

Tech analysis: Red Bull's downforce compromise yields Spa result

Red Bull was always unlikely to be the team to beat in the Belgian GP, but a number of set-up tweaks allowed it make the most of a chance to score a surprise Spa podium.

Palmer was "like a different guy" at Spa - Renault

Renault Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer was “like a different guy” during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend, reckons the team’s trackside operations director Alan Permane.

Massa column: Excessive Belgian GP penalty left a bitter taste

In his latest column, Williams driver Felipe Massa says his eighth place in the Belgian Grand Prix felt like a win - but admits the penalty for ignoring yellow flags soured his weekend.

Villeneuve slams Perez for "dirty" move on Ocon

Former Formula 1 driver Jacques Villeneuve has slammed Sergio Perez for the "ridiculous" move that led to the Mexican's collision with teammate Esteban Ocon in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen: I'd prefer engines to blow up than shut down

Max Verstappen says he would rather his engines were blowing up than shutting down, after revealing his failed Renault fired up in the garage after the Belgian Grand Prix.

Top statistics from the Belgian GP

Motorsport.com brings all important statistics and figures from the Belgian GP, where Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher's all-time pole record.

Analysis: How a lucky mistake helped Hamilton beat Vettel

What seemed to be a poorly-timed safety car, followed by the wrong engine mode at the restart, could have easily de-railed Lewis Hamilton in what was a tense, tight Belgian GP.

Force India threatens Ocon, Perez with race ban

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon have been threatened with race bans by their Force India team if they collide again.

Honda found no problem with Alonso's engine

Honda says that it found nothing on its data to suggest that Fernando Alonso had a problem with his engine when he retired from the Belgian Grand Prix.

Gallery: Schumacher Jr drives father's Benetton B194

Mick Schumacher drove his father Michael's championship-winning 1994 Benetton B194 in the run-up to the Belgian GP.

Belgian GP: Issue #15 of GP Gazette now online

Check out Issue 15 of GP Gazette, from the makers of Motorsport.com, an in-depth eMagazine covering all the action from a thrilling Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgian GP: Top photos from the race

Motorsport.com's selection of top photos from the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps Circuit.

Motorsport Debrief: A tale of toxic teammates

Here is today's news blast to get you up-to-date on what's been making the motorsport headlines over the past 24 hours.

Perez refutes Ocon’s “he tried to kill me” claim on Twitter

Sergio Perez has posted a video on social media to answer Esteban Ocon’s Twitter claim that his Force India teammate “tried to kill me”.

Raikkonen says stop/go penalty was "pointless"

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen believes his 10-second stop/go penalty for failing to slow under double waved yellow flags in the Belgian Grand Prix was "pointless".

Horner claims Renault providing "below par service"

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Formula 1 engine supplier Renault needs to sort out its reliability problems because his team is not getting what it pays for.

Hamilton says engine mode error helped him fend off Vettel

Lewis Hamilton says selecting the wrong power mode actually helped him stay ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the restart in the Belgian GP, because it allowed the German to get closer than he had expected to be.

Belgian Grand Prix driver ratings

A peerless performance under pressure earned this week's only 10, while a "dirty" move that wrecked his team's weekend cost another driver dearly.

Palmer believes Alonso deserved a penalty

Jolyon Palmer believes that Fernando Alonso's bold move during the Belgian Grand Prix was "identical" to Kevin Magnussen's move on teammate Nico Hulkenberg at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton: NASCAR-style safety car was unnecessary

Lewis Hamilton felt the Belgian Grand Prix’s safety car was “a bit like NASCAR” and designed to create a fight for the win with Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso says his "stock value has never been higher"

Fernando Alonso says his "stock value has never been higher" as he gets closer to making a decision about his future following a disappointing Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen angry to be “competing” with Alonso on retirements

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen says it’s “unbelievable” that he’s vying with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso for the highest number of retirements during F1 2017.

Ocon says Perez put their lives at risk with collision

Esteban Ocon says Force India Formula 1 teammate Sergio Perez risked both their lives in their Belgian Grand Prix collision.

Perez and Ocon no longer free to race - Force India

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon will not be allowed to race each other in future after the Force India Formula 1 teammates collided again at the Belgian Grand Prix, says Otmar Szafnauer.

Belgian GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Lewis Hamilton wins the 200th race of his career

Belgian GP: Hamilton keeps Vettel at bay to win

Lewis Hamilton defeated Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel in the Belgian Grand Prix to close the gap in the championship to seven points.

Live: Follow the Belgian GP as it happens

Follow all the action from the Belgian Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Palmer gets gearbox change penalty

Jolyon Palmer has been hit with a five-place grid penalty for Formula 1's Belgian Grand Prix after a Renault gearbox change forced by a qualifying failure.

Motorsport Debrief: How Alonso brilliance exposed Honda's weakness

Here is today's news blast to get you up-to-date on what's been making the motorsport headlines over the past 24 hours.

Belgian GP: Top photos from Saturday

Motorsport.com's selection of top photos from free practice three and qualifying of Belgian Grand Prix.

Pirelli investigating unprecedented tyre phenomenon

Pirelli has launched an investigation to work out what is causing the strange tyre deformation that was witnessed in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix, and whether any action needs to be taken ahead of the race.

Honda system confused by Alonso taking Pouhon flat

Fernando Alonso's brilliance in taking the Pouhon corner flat out for the first time in qualifying led to the energy deployment failure that cost him a place in Q3, Motorsport.com has learned.

Belgian GP: Starting grid in pictures

Here’s how the grid lines up for the 2017 Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps, the 12th round of the Formula 1 World Championship.

Q3 tow was Raikkonen's idea, say Ferrari drivers

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen says it was his decision to help out teammate Sebastian Vettel with a tow in the final qualifying segment at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton says equalling Schumacher's record "surreal"

Lewis Hamilton said equalling Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68 Formula 1 pole positions in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying felt "surreal".

Massa complains Williams “going backwards” on developments

Felipe Massa says that Williams is falling behind in the development race, after both its cars failed to progress from Q1 in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Alonso: McLaren could be "first and second" without engine deficit

Fernando Alonso believes McLaren could have topped the times in Belgian Grand Prix qualifying if not for the power deficit of its Honda engines.

Belgian GP: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Lewis Hamilton to start the 200th race of his career from pole position

Belgian GP: Hamilton equals Schumacher's pole record at Spa

Lewis Hamilton beat Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix, equaling Michael Schumacher's record tally of 68 career poles with a sublime performance.

Massa handed grid penalty for speeding under yellows

Felipe Massa has received a five-place grid penalty for Formula 1's Belgian Grand Prix after a yellow-flag offence in FP3 on Saturday morning.

Gallery: Hamilton, Vandoorne and Ericsson test Halo in Belgium

Three drivers tested the halo cockpit protection device ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, where visibility at Eau Rouge can be more complicated.

Belgian GP: Raikkonen leads Ferrari 1-2 in FP3

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen headed a narrow Ferrari 1-2 in the final free practice session at Formula 1's Belgian Grand Prix.

Gallery: Key F1 tech shots at Belgian GP

A selection of the best Formula 1 technical images from the Belgian Grand Prix weekend courtesy of Giorgio Piola.

FIA will enforce 'Cheat Loop' from Belgian GP qualifying

Formula 1 drivers have been told that the FIA will enforce its 'Cheat Loop' system from qualifying at the Belgian Grand Prix - penalising any driver that cuts the track at Raidillon.

Live: Follow qualifying for the Belgian GP as it happens

Follow all the action from the Belgian Grand Prix weekend with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Vandoorne set for 65-place grid penalty after engine change

Stoffel Vandoorne is now up to a 65-place grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix, after Honda elected to make another engine change overnight.

Belgian GP: Top photos from Friday

Motorsport.com's selection of top photos from Friday practice of the Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps.

Motorsport Debrief: Hamilton shows he means business at Spa

Here is today's news blast to get you up-to-date on what's been making the motorsport headlines over the past 24 hours.

Vandoorne up to 40-place grid penalty for home race

Stoffel Vandoorne’s grid penalty for the Belgian Grand Prix has risen from 35 places to 40 with the confirmation from the FIA that the McLaren driver will take a new gearbox on Saturday.

Perez says "dirty" Magnussen move was deliberate

Sergio Perez believes an "angry" Kevin Magnussen moved over on him on purpose during practice for Formula 1's Belgian Grand Prix, but the Haas driver denies the move was deliberate.

Vettel says he wasn't "doing the best job" in practice

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel says he knows he can go faster that his pace in practice for the Belgian Grand Prix suggested.

Williams hit with 10,000 Euro fine for tyre mix-up

Williams has been fined 10,000 Euro for a breach of the tyre rules in Friday practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Honda failed to introduce 'Spec 4' engine at Spa

Honda had hoped to introduce a 'Spec 4' Formula 1 engine for this weekend's Belgian Grand prix, but failed to meet its development schedule, according to Yusuke Hasegawa.

Red Bull abandons low drag set-up gamble

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull will abandon the experimental low drag set-up it applied to his Formula 1 car during Belgian Grand Prix practice for the remainder of the weekend.

Massa insists crash had nothing to do with dizziness

Felipe Massa insists his crash in first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix had nothing to do with the illness that forced him out of the Hungarian GP.

Belgian GP: Hamilton quickest in FP2 before rain hits Spa

Lewis Hamilton continued his flying start to the resumption of the Formula 1 season by topping second practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.