Sebastian Vettel wins the 2018 Belgian GP


"We all have trick things going on our cars", said the Briton, who had started on pole position but was swiftly overtaken by Vettel - who then raced untroubled and finished 11 seconds clear.

"I'm not saying that there's anything illegal". As you can see, Ferrari and Mercedes. just to hear Lewis moaning about Ferrari, I almost got my violin out! That's all I mean.

And while the lead Mercedes had no answer to the pace of the Ferrari along the straights, the Silver Arrows was also handicapped by excessive tyre wear and poor traction out of the slow corners.

"I think we should still address the opportunities that exist within our auto, where we need to optimise and only that will make us win the championship".

"Everybody will try to innovate and will try to find additional performance and they are far as I am concerned are doing the right things". "I look at today's race and I see many deficits".

"They've got a few trick things going on in the auto".

Mercedes was hit by a "double whammy" effect at Spa-Francorchamps, according to boss Toto Wolff, losing to a flawless combination of relative engine deficiency and sub-par traction. He came with a speed that you don't come even in qualifying laps.

Hamilton, last year's victor in Belgium, started from pole position but finished second for Mercedes while Red Bull's Max Verstappen gave his army of Dutch fans something to cheer with third place.

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FIA race director Charlie Whiting was "quite amused" by the furore, saying: 'We know quite a lot about the Ferrari vehicle and there is no way Lewis would know anything about it.

Christian Horner showed little sympathy for Lewis Hamilton after the world champion complained about Ferrari's engine advantage after the Belgian Grand Prix.

"When asked if he took any confidence from the performance of Honda at a power-dependent circuit, he said: "[Honda] need to make a step.

"When you're beaten on the track, then you look at yourself and the others".

"The FIA knows what is at stake and we're happy", he added.

"If you haven't got an explanation, you're trying to imagine all the nasty things", he admitted. They have a great group of people who are on top of things and control each and every team.

Crew work on the vehicle of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. "They are doing a good job at the moment and Mercedes have got to try to counter that, haven't they?"