Lewis Hamilton limits Max Verstappen celebrations

Max Verstappen claimed pole position, sprint pole, the sprint win and the race victory, but not the fastest lap.

Lewis Hamilton denied Max Verstappen another Grand Slam, as the seven-time World Champion claimed the fastest lap on the final lap of the 2023 Belgian GP.

Hamilton pitted for a fresh set of Mediums prior to the penultimate, to deny Verstappen the clean sweep once again.

Verstappen breezed through the field from sixth with ease, after overtaking Hamilton without any difficulty.

The reigning World Champion was simply too strong once again, with his win having marked his eighth consecutive victory of the season.

Want to work in Formula 1? Browse the latest F1 job vacancies

Hamilton ultimately finished in fourth behind Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc, following a difficult race.

The 103-time race winner was struggling with his tyre wear, something which saw him fail to close Leclerc for the final spot on the podium.

Concerningly, Hamilton revealed after the race that he was experiencing bouncing, at a similar level to last season.

“It was kind of a non-eventful race. There wasn’t much going on and I wasn’t able to keep up with the cars ahead of me,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

Article continues below

“Struggled at the beginning, rear end is our biggest issue and we had big bouncing this weekend, so we were back to the bouncing like we had last year.

“(The team) don’t know (what’s caused the bouncing). To me it is a concern but we’ll work through the data this week and try and figure out what we do for the next race.

“I know what I want, I’m praying for it and I’m just waiting for the day we get it.”

With him having recognised that the podium wasn’t on, Hamilton admitted that it was “decent” to set the fastest lap, with the Briton having enjoyed his final lap.

READ: Christian Horner speaks out on Oscar Piastri amid interest in signing him

He also revealed that it was difficult to remain on the circuit during the race, something Verstappen also complained about.

“At the end I was keeping the Ferrari within a few seconds but I couldn’t get any closer to battle and to get the fastest lap at the end, it was nice to have the gap to the car behind. The last lap was decent,” Hamilton said.

“It was gusty today, it was difficult out there to keep it on track.”