Lewis Hamilton finished fourth, and George Russell sixth in the 2023 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix. Starting third on the soft tyre, Lewis avoided contact as the field squeezed into turn one to maintain his grid position.
As the team heads into the summer break, it has extended its advantage over P3 in the Constructors’ Championship to 51 points.
It was a non-eventful race for me today, with not a huge amount going on. I was unable to keep up with the cars ahead of me and was struggling in the beginning. We know the rear end is our biggest issue, and then we had some bouncing this weekend. In the end, I was keeping the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc within a few seconds, but I couldn’t get any closer. It was nice to have the gap to the car behind and to attempt to go for the fastest lap. It was gusty out there today, and difficult to keep it on the track, but my lap was decent.
We know we have more work to do to close the gap to the front. We’ll work with all the data we’ve accumulated and try to figure out what we can do for the next race after the summer break.
I really felt that I could have been up there with Lewis fighting for a podium for the Team today. Unfortunately, I was boxed in on the opening lap behind Oscar when he picked up damage at the first corner. That cost me a couple of positions and compromised my Grand Prix. After that, it was a good race for us, and we opened the gap between the Constructors by 51 points to third place.
It has been an intense first half of the season for everyone in the Team, so we are looking forward to the break and the chance to switch off for a few weeks before we get back to racing again at Zandvoort. We know our goal is to win races, and I still believe that we can do that this season.
Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO
We struggled with the car at points today and experienced some bouncing. That was the main limiting factor this weekend, so we’ve got some work to do to understand that more. We’ve got the shutdown coming up, but we will get our heads down this week, review the data, and see what we can do to make progress.
Going into the summer break, I feel that we are on the right trajectory overall. There is so much hard work going on across the Team to upgrade the car and help us to make those important steps forward. I believe we are making progress, and the direction we are going in is the right one. We will go away, recharge over the summer break and come back refreshed and re-energised.
Andrew Shovlin, Trackside Engineering Director
With the ever-changing weather and a sprint race thrown into the mix, it’s been a challenging weekend in Spa. At times, our pace has been good. However, on the slicks today, we needed another tenth to be able to challenge for a podium. On the run to Eau Rouge at the beginning of the race, George, unfortunately, got boxed in behind Piastri’s damaged McLaren. That meant that he was stuck in a pack for the first stint. Once he was clear, we made good progress, but we lost too much time to be able to challenge Alonso at the end. Lewis also couldn’t get close enough to place Leclerc under pressure, so our options were limited.
It was good to bring home a point for the fastest lap, but we need to focus on bringing more performance. The first half of the season has been tough, and everyone in Brackley and Brixworth has been working incredibly hard. We’re looking forward to the break and will be back in Zandvoort, ready to take on the final 10 races of the season.