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F1 Belgian Grand Prix result: Leclerc dedicates maiden win to Anthoine Hubert after holding off Hamilton

Relive the action from an emotional Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps after Leclerc claimed his first victory a day after the death of his close friend

Jack de Menezes
Sunday 01 September 2019 16:40
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F2 Belgian Grand Prix: Feature race cancelled after horrific crash at Spa-Francochamps

Charles Leclerc took the first Formula One victory of his career in emotional scenes at Spa-Francorchamps, just one day after witnessing the death of close friend Anthoine Hubert.

The Ferrari driver saw the jubilation of Saturday's pole-position quickly turn to tragedy as Hubert was killed in a Formula Two accident in a near-170mph accident. A number of tributes were staged before the start of Sunday's Grand Prix, including a minute's silence in memory of Hubert.

When the race got underway, an immediate safety car was required when Max Verstappen collided with Kimi Raikkonen at the first corner and broke his Red Bull's suspension, which resulted in his driving uncontrolled into the tyre barrier at Eau Rouge. When the action resumed, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas pressed Sebastian Vettel into an early pit stop, which while momentarily gave him the lead when his three rivals pitted, left him exposed on worn tyres and cost him a podium finish.

Once promoted to second, Hamilton set his sights on Leclerc and cut the gap to under a second, but despite a chaotic final lap as Antonio Giovinazzi spun off heavily into the barrier and Lando Norris stopped on the start-finish straight with a lap to go, Leclerc held on to clinch the maiden win of his career and Ferrari's first victory in a year.

Re-live the action below.

What time does it start?

The Belgian Grand Prix starts at 2:10pm on Sunday 1 September.

Where can I watch it?

The race will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 from 12:30pm. Online users with Sky subscriptions can watch in on Sky Go at the same time.

Highlights will be shown on Channel 4 from 7pm.

Starting grid

1 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1min 42.519secs

2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:43.267

3 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:43.282

4 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:43.415

5 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:43.690

6 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:44.557

7 Sergio Perez (Mex) Racing Point 1:44.706

8 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:45.086

9 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:44.797

10 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:44.257 + 5-place penalty

11 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:44.847

12 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:44.542 + 5-place penalty

13 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.435

14 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:47.548

15 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:46.507 + 5-place penalty

16 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:45.047 + 10-place penalty

17 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing no time set

18 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:45.799 + 10-place penalty

19 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.518 + 15-place penalty

20 Robert Kubica (Pol) Williams no time set (didn’t set qualifying time)

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Welcome to The Independent's Belgian Grand Prix live blog as we prepare for what should have been one of the most exciting rounds on the calendar.

Instead, F1 is in mourning following the death of Formula Two driver Anthoine Hubert in Saturday's feature race. The young Frenchman was involved in a horrible accident at around 170mph with Juan Manuel Correa, which resulted in him suffering serious injuries that he succumbed to shortly after the crash.

Correa has undergone surgery on fractures in both of his legs as well as a minor spinal injury, but is in a stable condition in intensive car.

The FIA took the decision to continue with today's race - although the morning's F2 sprint race was cancelled - meaning that Charles Leclerc will start from pole position ahead of his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel and championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

Lights out is scheduled for 2:10pm, but we will have a tribute to Hubert before the the race gets underway.

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 11:53
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We start looking back on Saturday's tragic events. Once qualifying wrapped up, the main support F2 feature race was barely two laps old when a horrific accident occurred at the top of Eau Rouge - one of the most iconic corners in the world.

A bad accident for Anthoine Hubert suddenly turned catastrophic when he was struck by Juan Manuel Correa, who had to take evasive action to avoid the spinning Giuliano Alesi as they arrived at Raidillon. The collision occurred at close to 170mph, and was visually one of the worst seen in motorsport.

The race was immediately red flagged and no restart was signalled, with the seriousness of the situation soon confirmed by the FIA when they announced the death of 6:35pm local time, an hour and 28 minutes after the accident.

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 12:20
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The drivers are just returning from the track parade where along with the usual stream of classic cars, a French flag has been displayed out of the safety car window in tribute to Hubert.

We've also had confirmation from Liberty Media that a minute's silence will be held for the late F2 driver ahead of the race.

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 12:53
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  ↵When the accident happened yesterday, nearly the entire F1 field were carrying out their media duties post-qualifying, which lead to the rather uncomfortable moment of everyone - drivers and reporters - pausing their interviews to watch the harrowing events unfold.

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 12:57
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, the founder of the Arden team that lost Hubert yesterday, has spoken of the impact on the team in the 24 tragic hours since his death:

"Sometimes this sport can be very cruel. Yesterday was one of those days. My heart goes out to his family and friends, and the Arden team is absolutely broken. It was a shocking accident but he paid the ultimate price that comes with the sport. He was the ultimate racer and for sure he was going to be in this paddock at some stage in the future.

"For Monza that car won't run. It's withdrawn from the event in Monza and they'll run one car in the other one in Tatiana Calderon's. It's also tough for Max and Alex as they raced against him as kids. All the teams as a mark of respect are carrying his name."

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 13:12
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As we move into the hour before lights out, let's try to shift our build-up towards today's race - starting with qualifying.

It was by all accounts a frantic session. Two red flags in Q1 caught out a few drivers including McLaren's Carlos Sainz, while the desire to get a slipstream almost saw Hamilton and Bottas run into the back of cars before they'd started their lap.

But there was no stopping Charles Leclerc as he powered to a dominant pole position, lapping three-quarters of a second FASTER than any other driver without any slipstream whatsoever.

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 13:25
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Then came the penalties ... so many penalties.

Three drivers arrived at Spa knowing they would take penalties in Ricciardo, Hulkenberg and Sainz as Renault upgraded to the 'Spec C' power units - only to then revert back to the 'Spec B' versions before qualifying.

Joining them is Alex Albon, who takes a new engine that drops him to the rear and takes the pressure off him somewhat, and Daniil Kvyat, who also drops back.

And then came qualifying, when Robert Kubica's Williams engine let go in a big way before he could set a lap time, meaning he will have to start from the pit lane, while soon after Antonio Giovinazzi's Alfa Romeo went bang to see him drop back.

So with all that taken into account, here's how the grid actually lines up today:

1 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 1min 42.519secs

2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:43.267

3 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:43.282

4 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:43.415

5 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:43.690

6 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:44.557

7 Sergio Perez (Mex) Racing Point 1:44.706

8 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:45.086

9 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:44.797

10 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 1:44.257 + 5-place penalty

11 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 1:44.847

12 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:44.542 + 5-place penalty

13 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.435

14 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:47.548

15 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:46.507 + 5-place penalty

16 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:45.047 + 10-place penalty

17 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing no time set

18 Alexander Albon (Tha) Red Bull 1:45.799 + 10-place penalty

19 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:46.518 + 15-place penalty

20 Robert Kubica (Pol) Williams no time set (didn’t set qualifying time) - will start from pit lane

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 13:32
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Most drivers have already said that they would rather not speak on the grid, and in fact most of them have driver out from the pits only to then make their make back into the refuge of the paddock, which is of course completely understandable.

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 13:47
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With that in mind, let's take a quick look at what drivers said leading up to the weekend.

We met with Renault's Daniel Ricciardo in the week to discuss how his move from Red Bull has gone, considering how his former team is performing this season with Max Verstappen.

But he insists that while they might be winning races here and there, it's still not a car capable of winning the championship.

A relevant point for today is that while Ricciardo starts in 11th, he qualified 6th and proved the fastest of the mid-field pack, and he will certainly be one to watch throughout the afternoon.

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 13:50
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The drivers are making their way to the front of the grid, where there will now be a minute's silence for Anthoine Hubert in what is an extremely sad moment for the sport.

Jack de Menezes1 September 2019 13:52

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