Belgian Grand Prix: What they said

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Lewis Hamilton claimed the 39th win of his Formula One career to extend his lead in the drivers' championship to 28 points over Nico Rosberg.

The Mercedes pair recorded a seventh one-two of the 2015 season at Spa-Francorchamps, Hamilton securing his sixth race win to edge closer to back-to-back world titles.

Hamilton was rarely troubled on a comfortable day in Belgium, the Briton handling the new starting procedure to pull away at the start while his rival slipped back.

Rosberg was able to battle back through the field to claim second, while Romain Grosjean earned Lotus' first podium since late 2013 with a superb drive.

Here we take a look at the paddock's thoughts after a comfortable win for Hamilton.

 

"Incredible job done by the team throughout the weekend. Today was a dream and the car was fantastic all weekend." – Hamilton hails a successful weekend for Mercedes.

 

"I messed up the start. Lewis did a great job and deserved the win. I tried to challenge him but not enough." – Rosberg acknowledges he has work to do to catch Hamilton.

 

"It has been an incredible weekend for us. I still can't believe that we're on the podium. This is special and feels like a win." – An elated Grosjean celebrates his return to the top three.

 

"I think we can be strong from now on and see this kind of performance more often. I was not totally happy with the pace in the race." – Sergio Perez upbeat after his fifth-place finish.

 

"I didn't go off the track but, out of the blue, the tyre explodes. It's not acceptable. Things like that are not allowed - if that happens 200 metres earlier, I am not standing here right now." – Sebastian Vettel lashes out at Pirelli after his tyre late blow out after Eau Rouge.

 

"Sounds like someone forgot to connect the batteries." - Jenson Button questions over team radio a lack of pace in his McLaren.

 

"It was a great result, I am delighted. It was a difficult start for Nico and we will need to find out what happened. Lewis was immaculate in the way he controlled the pace." – Mercedes boss Toto Wolff celebrates a successful weekend.


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