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28th Aug 2022

Lewis Hamilton crashes out in first lap of Belgian Grand Prix

Callum Boyle

Lewis Hamilton

Not the return to the grid Hamilton would’ve hoped for

Lewis Hamilton’s disastrous Formula One season continued as he crashed out of the first lap of Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The race was the first since the return from the mid-season break and both Hamilton and Mercedes were desperate to start off on a positive note after an underwhelming first half of the year.

Hamilton started the race fourth on the grid and collided with Fernando Alonso at turn five at Spa-Francorchamps, causing his car to fly up into the air before being forced off the track.

Alonso was left angered by his former teammate’s actions and believed that he had tried to cut across him. Shouting on the radio, he said: “What an idiot!

“Closing the door from the outside. I mean, we had a mega start but this guy only knows how to drive and start in first!”

Race officials had looked at the crash but decided there was no reason to investigate any further.

The seven-time world champion had initially continued driving before being informed by the Mercedes garage that they were retiring the car. This is the first time that Hamilton won’t have completed a race this season.

Hamilton’s former Mercedes partner, Valterri Bottas, was also forced to retire after his Alfa Romeo collided with Nicholas Latifi, meaning a safety car had to be deployed.

Carlos Sainz started the race in pole position with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez completing the front row of the grid. Reigning world champion Max Verstappen and this Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc both started at the back of grid due to after they both took penalties for making changes to the engines on their respective cars.

Verstappen however has managed to climb up the grid and now finds himself currently leading in Spa.

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