The Belgian Grand Prix is an iconic race in the Formula One calendar and is always an eventful race. So, as Lewis Hamilton extends his lead in the 2015 Championship, what are the key talking points from the race?
1. Starts are good
The biggest starting point before today’s race was the new start rules. The drivers could only adjust the clutch setting when leaving the garage and receive no aid from the team engineers on the formation lap regarding the best setting. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes were not sure this would be the best way forward, citing starts would become more unpredictable and more dangerous.
The start today was certainly unpredictable as Nico Rosberg had a slow start, but there was no danger. Even at the first corner with 3 cars running side by side, it saw Vettel jump up a few places and Perez nearly passed Hamilton early on. With no casualties at the start, this should placate any party who felt the new rules are going to be risky.