2019 Belgian Grand Prix race report: Leclerc makes it look easy on tragic weekend

2019 Belgian Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc took his first Formula 1 victory at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix with a measured drive, dedicating the win to Anthoine Hubert

Race Winner
Country
Belgium
Circuit
Round
13
Laps
44
Pole
Fastest Lap
Vettel, 1m 46.409s
2019 Season
Past Results

Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly and Anthoine Hubert. The four little boys who began their karting careers against each other 14 years ago became three on Saturday with Hubert’s fatal accident in the F2 race. A tragic time for the whole sport but a particularly devastating blow for their little clique.

Leclerc and Gasly consoled each other on Saturday evening: the usual stuff, the shock, about how he was doing what he loved, about the need to put it away in a compartment tomorrow as the helmet goes on. But it was a powerful reminder about the malevolence that’s always there just beneath the surface of our sport, liable to break cover at any moment.

Leclerc has had to get used to horrible turbulence to those around him in the last few years. His friend and early mentor Jules Bianchi, his own father not much later. And each time he’s put on the helmet, climbed into the car – and delivered. He did so again on Sunday, delivering his maiden grand prix victory from pole, fending off a late challenge from Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes. A dream achieved, victory in a Ferrari. But cruelly, not one he wished to celebrate.

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

Charles Leclerc

16

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

1h 23m 45.71s

25

2

1

Lewis Hamilton

44

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 23m 46.691s

18

3

1

Valtteri Bottas

77

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 23m 58.295s

15

4

2

Sebastian Vettel

5

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

1h 24m 12.132s

13

5

12

Alexander Albon

23

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 25m 7.035s

10

6

1

Sergio Perez

11

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 25m 10.158s

8

7

12

Daniil Kvyat

26

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 25m 15.367s

6

8

4

Nico Hulkenberg

27

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

1h 25m 32.349s

4

9

4

Pierre Gasly

10

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 25m 34.878s

2

10

6

Lance Stroll

18

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 25m 35.548s

1

11

Lando Norris

4

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

43 laps Retired

0

12

4

Kevin Magnussen

20

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

43 laps

0

13

4

Romain Grosjean

8

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

43 laps

0

14

4

Daniel Ricciardo

3

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

43 laps

0

15

1

George Russell

63

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

43 laps

0

16

10

Kimi Raikkonen

7

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

43 laps

0

17

3

Robert Kubica

88

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

43 laps

0

18

Antonio Giovinazzi

99

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

42 laps Spun

0

R

Carlos Sainz

55

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

1 laps Power unit

0

R

Max Verstappen

33

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

Accident

0

T

Nicholas Latifi

40

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

0

Circuit - Spa-Francorchamps

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Belgium

Location

Francorchamps, Wallonia

Type

Permanent road course

Length

4.352 (Miles)

Record

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes-Benz F1 W09 EQ Power+), 1m46.286, 147.406 mph, F1, 2018

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