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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton cruises to Belgian Grand Prix victory

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory at the Belgian Grand Prix to increase his lead over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

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Lewis Hamilton enjoyed an incident-free Belgian Grand Prix as he led from start to finish to claim a sixth win of the 2015 Formula One season at Spa-Francorchamps.

Hamilton cruised from pole to the chequered flag on Sunday, with championship rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg having to fight back from a poor start to finish second.

As the rain stayed away in Belgium, the standings leader drove a perfect race for Mercedes, barely tested by any of his rivals as he sealed the win by two seconds.

Victory extends the Briton's advantage to 28 points from Rosberg, while Romain Grosjean enjoyed his best finish of the season with the final place on the podium " giving Lotus a much-needed boost.

Sebastian Vettel had been on course to claim third in his Ferrari, but after 27 laps on his last set of tyres he saw his right rear blow on the penultimate lap after blazing his way through Eau Rouge " the German eventually limping home in 12th, one lap down.

A late push from Valtteri Bottas ensured another points finish for the Finn, his Williams team-mate Felipe Massa also scoring as they strengthened their grip on third place in the constructors' championship behind Mercedes and Ferrari.

WHERE THE RACE WAS WON
Hamilton immediately found himself at an advantage as Rosberg struggled to get his Mercedes off the line quickly, the Briton cruising away while his closest rival saw Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo come flying past him - leaving the German in fifth.


OFF TO A FLYER
Pole sitter Hamilton handled the new starting procedures well to reach La Source safely, and although he initially looked sluggish he was able to quickly gain momentum to pull clear of Rosberg.


HOT LAP
Rosberg's only success over his team-mate was his ability to record the fastest lap of the race in a time of one minute 52.416 seconds, but Hamilton was able to keep the German at arm's length.


RACE TO FORGET
Le Mans winner Nico Hulkenberg saw his race over before it even started as he lost power towards the end of the formation lap, the Force India driver waving from his car on the grid as they waited for the green lights.


RACE STAT TO REMEMBER
Grosjean's superb drive to claim third place ensured a first podium for Lotus since November 2013 at the United States Grand Prix, when the Frenchman was second behind Vettel.


IN THE POINTS
1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Nico Roberg (Mercedes) +2.058s
3. Romain Grosjean (Lotus) +37.988s
4. Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) +45.692s
5. Sergio Perez (Force India) +53.997s
6. Felipe Massa (Williams) +55.283s
7. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +55.703s
8. Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) +56.076s
9. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) +61.040s
10. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) +91.234s


TITLE STANDINGS
1. Lewis Hamilton 227
2. Nico Rosberg 199 (+28)
3. Sebastian Vettel 160 (+77)
4. Kimi Raikkonen 82 (+145)
5. Felipe Massa 82 (+145)

1. Mercedes 426
2. Ferrari 242 (+184)
3. Williams 161 (+265)
4. Red Bull 108 (+318)
5. Lotus 50 (+376)

NEXT UP
The teams make their way from one iconic track to another one in two weeks' time, with Monza hosting the Italian Grand Prix.

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