A fight to the bitter end as Hamilton seizes victory for the Silver Arrows in Belgium taking his 58th career race win.

It was a tensely fought battle between the two arch-rivals at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on Sunday with Lewis Hamilton taking the chequered flag by a mere 2.3 seconds with Sebastien Vettel having to settle for second place. The Mercedes world champion who started the race in pole was certainly all fired up after the four week summer break but did not look comfortable over the entire 44 laps with a menacing Vettel incessantly clipping at his heels in his red Ferrari. There was never more than fractions of a second between them and at one point, the German almost managed to slipstream past the race leader as they hammered up the Kemmel straight. Events took a further turn for the worst when the safety car was brought out on Lap 30 following an incident between the two Force India drivers and Hamilton vented his anger at the race stewards deeming the safety car completely unnecessary and accusing them of keeping it out on the track for far longer than was actually needed in an attempt to make the race more exciting. Nevertheless, the formidable British racing driver managed to endure a long and defensive drive, holding his line and protecting his first place position under immense pressure and going on to successfully complete his 200th Grand Prix and achieve his 58th Formula One win. Third place on the podium went to the ever popular Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo who drove an impressive and consistent race with fourth place going to Ferrari's Kimi Raikonnen and Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valterri Bottas only managing fifth after having qualified in third.

In qualifying last weekend before the main event, Hamilton gained his 68th pole position of his career equalling that of the great Michael Schumacher. Indeed, the seven time world champion made his Formula One debut on the very same track in 1991 and went on to win his first ever Grand Prix title a year later. To mark the 25th anniversary of Schumacher's first victory, his son Mick performed an emotional and very moving lap ahead of the main event in his father's 1994 Benetton car in which he won his maiden Formula One world championship title. He explained to the press later about what an honour it had been to continue his 48 year old father's legacy who was tragically involved in a serious skiing accident in France in December 2013 which resulted in serious and life-threatening head injuries. "It was just great," said eighteen year old Mick who currently races in the European Formula Three series and looks to be set to follow in his father's footsteps. "It was a pleasure for me to drive and it was emotional and fun and amazing. There is a lot of history with it and I'm really happy I was able to drive it".

Drama unfolded on Lap 30 when the two Force India drivers crashed in to each other yet again, a tussle reminiscent of the events that took place in Baku earlier in the season. The Frenchman Sergio Perez sent his teammate Esteban Ocon hurling into the wall on the run down to eau Rouge causing him to suffer a broken front wing and inflicting a serious puncture to his own car. It was the second time during the race that the two cars had made contact after a similar incident on Lap One. Perez managed to complete the race and finish in ninth position whilst his Mexican teammate was unable to complete the race due to the severe damage to his car. It has since been announced by the Force India officials that their drivers will no longer be allowed to race each other. As a less than impressed Chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said when interviewed, "In the future they'll never have that opportunity again. We've let them race up until now. If they can't do it in a manner which is good for the team then they won't be racing anymore."

There were a number of drivers who unfortunately saw a premature end to their race at the historic Spa circuit. It would have taken a very cold-hearted soul not to feel desperately sorry for the Dutch racing driver Max Verstappen who was forced to pull up in front of his legions of orange-clad Dutch fans after just seven laps when he suffered engine failure. His retirement from the race was his sixth failure to complete a Grand Prix in the twelve races we have seen so far, a fact he is poignantly aware of and one that is causing him great distress. Speaking after the race, he paid tribute to his adoring fans and acknowledged the efforts they had made to watch him in action on Sunday."I'm just very disappointed", he said. "Of course because i retired but also because of the fans who buy an expensive ticket to watch the race and then they see me retirement after eight laps". When asked post-race if his faith in his Red Bull team would last, a forlorn Verstappen commented, "If it continues like this, not very long. We need to get on top of it. Of course we will always speak about it, but at the moment I'm not a happy person".

It was another embarrassing day out on the track for the Spaniard Fernando Alonso who was unable to finish the race when he experienced a power failure to his McLaren car making it look increasingly more likely that he will leave McLaren at the end of the season and move to Williams. In a fit of disappointment and anger, he ordered his race engineers to cease all radio communications until the end of the race. Pascal Wehrlein of Sauber Ferrari started the weekend with a five-place grid penalty for gearbox changes and only managed to complete three laps of the legendary circuit until he was declared out of the race with technical issues.

Despite Hamilton taking victory in Belgium and preventing an ever charging Vettel from passing him, it has to be said that Ferrari are looking stronger and stronger. The two drivers were in an endless hard-fought battle right from Lap One at Spa on Sunday and on pitting, Vettel tactfully changed his tyres to the super-soft variety and instantly had a competitive edge and ultimately, a far superior race pace. As the German driver put it himself, "Going from now, I don't think we have a circuit that we should fear." This is a fact that Hamilton himself has acknowledged and understands that the remaining eight races could go the same way. "It was fun to be racing against Sebastien at his best and the car at it's best. I think they had the better pace today but fortunately I was able to just stay ahead" he commented. "From today it looks like it is going down to the wire, the difference could be in the pendulum swinging a millimetre either way."

On to the Italian Grand Prix in Monza this weekend where the intense battle for the world championship continues. With Vettel's lead now cut by Hamilton from fourteen points to seven, the passion and fire in their bellies has been reignited and we are undoubtedly set for yet another thrilling and electrifying display of world class motor racing.