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2017-08-28 10:39

Janine Van der Post

Image: AP

Belgium - The Belgian GP was a thrilling race as Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel continued their battle for the 2017 title. 

From the moment the lights turned green, the pair battled for 44 laps. Ultimately, Hamilton was victorious, securing his 200th race win.

The race produced many dramatic moments. 

From Max Verstappen's heart-breaking engine failure to Daniel Riccardo ditching his trademark 'Shoey', take a look at some of the best moments from the Belgian GP.

1. Lewis Hamilton narrows the gap

Hamilton used his pole position to the best of his ability and maintained the lead throughout the race with the help of his team, pitting at just the right making their strategy work.

He celebrated his 68th pole when he qualified with the fastest lap on Saturday, matching the legendary Michael Schumacher's record. Ross Brawn delivered a special message from the Schumacher family.

Speaking of the legend, his son, Mick Schumacher drove a lap around the 7km track, in one of Michael's old cars, to celebrate his father's 25th anniversary of his first win at the Spa-Francorchamps track in 1992.

Hamilton has narrowed the gap between himself and championship leader Vettel to only 7 points now after winning the Belgian GP.

2. Max Verstappen breaks our hearts

It's hard not to feel the heartbreak and frustration with Red Bull's Max Verstappen on Sunday as the BelgianGP marked the young driver's sixth retirement in 12 races, four of which were due to mechanical failures.

The Belgium crowd came out in drones with 120 000 strong, of which 80 000 of those fans were Verstappen supporters.

The 19-year-old Dutchman suggested he is considering his future in F1 and is ready to leave the team after yet another disappointment. 

Despite being gutted with another engine failure, he was more distraught about disappointing his fans.

3. Fernando Alonso vents his frustration

A frustrated Fernando Alonso claimed on Sunday that he is considering offers from rival teams after another Honda power failure saw him retire his McLaren at the Belgian Grand Prix.

He made frequent and loud use of the McLaren team radio to vent his feelings about the Honda engine during Sunday's race in which he climbed to seventh after the start before being passed by rival drivers.

4. Force India: Sergio Perez vs. Esteban Ocon

5. Daniel Ricciardo: No Shoey, Let's Mexican wave instead!

Red Bull's Ricciardo calls it quits on his traditional 'Shoey' podiuim performance.

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