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Summary

  1. Hamilton wins Vettel second, Ricciardo 3rd
  2. Force India team-mates collide twice
  3. Alonso furious at "embarrassing" McLaren
  4. Wehrlein, Alonso, Verstappen, Perez out

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Lewis Hamilton said he was going for blood in the second half of the season and he certainly looks up for the fight.

Next up, Monza a strong track for Mercedes and for Hamilton. He's won three times there, but then so has Vettel.

It's going to be close. See you then.

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Robby Bobby Gibbs: Mercedes have a genuine challenger this year; they can't quite shake off the Ferrari and it's good for F1

Chamath De Silva: Masterful driving by Hamilton. Great work by both Hulkenberg and Ricciardo as well.

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Ocon furious with Perez after crash. Force India will take action and impose team orders from now on....

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One way or another, Michael Schumacher was the focus of considerable attention over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.

His son Mick drove a couple of demonstration laps in a 1994 Bennetton ahead of today's race.

Andrew Benson reflects on the significance of Mick's tribute to his father.

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'I was protecting my line'

Sergio Perez, speaking to Channel 4: "I had no idea. I didn't select the right start mode so I had 50% of power. Then everyone overtook me.

"The one at the start was 100% my fault. But the second, I didn't do anything different to any other driver would.

"I think he feels the first one he thinks I did on purpose. I apologise for that one. The second one, it was not my fault. I was protecting my line. Tension started when he put me in the wall [back in Azerbaijan]. "

'He was risking lives'

Esteban Ocon, speaking to Channel 4: "Of course he knew I was there. I can accept the first one - perhaps he couldn't see me but the second one was ridiculous. He was risking our lives. He risked my life.

"Secondly we lost a lot of points. He is supposed to be a professional driver but he is not acting like it.

"I am going to speak to him man to man but he is going to have a child - I don't know if he wants to die or something".

This tussle between the two Force India drivers is going to rumble on it seems. Both feel the other one was at fault with that second clash at Eau Rouge. Here's what they had to say...

Listen again: 'What the **** is he doing?' – Ocon

Esteban Ocon isn't happy with his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez after the two collide

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Bottas got a bit mugged at the restart. He is out of it as far as his championship title chances go.

He is basically a support role from here on in.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff: "Very good for his championship. Really brilliant. Lewis Hamilton's drive was really fantastic all weekend.

"Bottas' restart was unfortunate. We need to go away and analyse properly. This is somewhere we should be doing better but the Ferraris are up there second with their championship driver still leading."

Listen again to the moment Hamilton beat Vettel

Lewis Hamilton cuts Sebastian Vettel's championship lead to seven points with victory.

'Dreams do come true'

Lewis Hamilton recalls coming to the Belgian Grand Prix in 1996 when he was just a kid and how the experience helped spark his desire to become an F1 driver.

"There are probably kids here who dream of doing what we are doing one day," he says.

"I came here in 1996 with my dad and I hope this does show that dreams come true."

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Michael Schumacher won the 1996 British Grand Prix, which a young Lewis Hamilton attended with his dad

Mark Webber goes in for one final word while Daniel Ricciardo has a great time conducting a Mexican wave with the fans gathered in front of the podium.

'Great to capitalise'

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Daniel Ricciardo who finished third: "Max dropped out early and I know it's full of Dutch fans here so thanks for sticking around.

"I knew we had been given a bit of an opportunity at that restart so it is great to capitalise on that."

'I was waiting for a mistake'

Second placed Sebastian Vettel: "It was really intense. I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake, he didn't. He was waiting for me to make a mistake but I didn't. I was fearing I was not close enough but I was too close. We've done good steps forward and we can look forward to next week, our home race."

'Sebastian put up a fight'

Race winner Lewis Hamilton: "I heard it's your birthday so happy birthday! The crowd have been amazing.

"It's been a strong weekend for the team. The support has been incredible seeing the British fans all weekend.

"Sebastian put up a great fight but this is what I came here to do and I did it."

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Mark Webber, on his 41st birthday, is the man to conduct the podium interviews.

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Mantis Toboggan: Ridiculous bravado from Ham to Vettel. ' I lifted to keep you close'

Rachel T: That's as fierce as I have seen Lewis on the podium - pumped!

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Hamilton had a job to do and he did it. He is pumped up like a boxer.

Did Lewis Hamilton say he lifted after Sebastian Vettel claimed their battle was "close"? It sounded like it. A puffing of the chest in the title battle.

Out go the top three onto the podium.

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Lewis Hamilton punches the air with delight as he climbs out of his car - the perfect way to start the second half of the season.

Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel shake hands in the pre-podium battle.

"Close," laughs Vettel.

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Lewis Hamilton marks his 200th race with a 58th win of his career, reducing the gap between himself and Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship to seven points.

Vettel takes second with Daniel Ricciardo third.

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Chequered flag

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX.

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FINAL LAP

Here they come for the final lap. A huge roar from the grandstands as the drivers sweep past for the final time in the race.

Lewis Hamilton is creeping further ahead. The gap now 1.9 seconds and, bar any last lap drama, the win is his.

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Sergio Perez's race lasts just a few more laps after that puncture. He is told to box and retire.

Listen again: Force India team-mates collide - twice

Ocon and Perez make contact twice at the first corner.

Fastest lap of the race for Sebastian Vettel - a 1:46.577 and that's a new lap record. It was only a tenth of a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton though.

It's looking like Hamilton has just done enough.

Valtteri Bottas' mistake earlier has cost him a podium chance. He's fifth and both Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas ahead of him are on ultra-softs.

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Not much between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel in each of the sectors. Hamilton asks where on the track Vettel is quicker than him. There's nerves in his voice. The gap is currently 1.3 seconds,

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Hamilton: "As soon as I drop a little bit of pace, Vettel catches up...."

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Errm, yes Hamilton. That's how it tends to work.

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Ferrri's pitwall to Sebastian Vettel: "You can push tyre-wise. There is no problem..."

"Rear temperatures are coming," reports Lewis Hamilton. He's a second clear of Sebastian Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton, despite being on the slower tyre, is once again quicker than Sebastian Vettel on the last lap, two tenths quicker. He is not giving up this win without a fight.

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Daniel Ricciardo is the big winner from the safety car period. He is up to third and in with a real chance of a podium with just seven laps to go.

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Round one to Lewis Hamilton. He slams in the fastest lap of the race with a 1:46.603, four tenths quicker than Sebastian Vettel. The German is sure to be back for another ding dong before this race is done, though.

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