Lewis Hamilton won the 200th race of his career today at an exciting Belgian Grand Prix

The Mercedes ace was back in business following Formula 1’s mid-season break, taking his 58th career triumph, including fifth of the 2017, and third at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

He started from pole and completed the race in a total winning time of one hour 24 minutes 42.820 seconds.

Hamilton finished ahead of a hard-charging Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari who was just 2.358s off, while Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull completed the podium placers 10.791s behind.

Hamilton commented:

“It’s amazing to come back into the season and start on the right foot.

“The Ferrari was very strong today and they put on a fantastic fight. We were both pushing every single lap and there was no room for error or mistake."

“The Safety Car was driving so slow that keeping tyre temperature was very difficult. On the restart, Sebastian got a good tow, it was very close. It is fun to be racing against another team and Sebastian at his best and the car at its best - that’s what racing is all about."

“I want to thank the team – I would not have been able to win today without them.”

The Formula 1 season resumes with the Italian Grand Prix on September 3.

View pics from Spa

Race Results

144Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES24:42.8
25Sebastian VettelFERRARI+2.358s
33Daniel RicciardoRED BULL RACING+10.791s
47Kimi RaikkonenFERRARI+14.471s
577Valtteri BottasMERCEDES+16.456s
627Nico HulkenbergRENAULT+28.087s
78Romain GrosjeanHAAS+31.553s
819Felipe MassaWILLIAMS+36.649s
931Esteban OconFORCE INDIA+38.154s
1055Carlos SainzTORO ROSSO+39.447s
1118Lance StrollWILLIAMS+48.999s
1226Daniil KvyatTORO ROSSO+49.940s
1330Jolyon PalmerRENAULT+53.239s
142Stoffel VandoorneMCLAREN+57.078s
1520Kevin MagnussenHAAS+67.262s
169Marcus EricssonSAUBER+69.711s
1711Sergio PerezFORCE INDIADNF
NC14Fernando AlonsoMCLARENDNF
NC94Pascal WehrleinSAUBERDNF

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