German driver Sebastian Vettel has trimmed the Formula One championship lead to 17 points after winning the Belgian Grand Prix (GP) on Sunday despite being involved in a multi-car crash incident.
The incident also involved Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg and Charles Leclerc.
The aforementioned trio were uninjured after Ferrari driver Vettel rammed Alonso’s McLaren and launched it over Leclerc’s Sauber.
His compatriot Hulkenberg of Renault was handed a 10-place grid penalty for the incident.
Sebastian Vettel overcame the setback to finish the race ahead of championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.
Defending champion Hamilton currently leads the standings with 231 points ahead of Vettel (214 points) and the second Ferrari driver, Kimi Raikkonen (146 points).
While speaking after the race, Alonso compared the crash to the one he had at the same venue in 2012 (It involved Lotus driver Romain Grosjean).
“Again a very big-time missing braking point.” Alonso said.
“That time Romain had a race ban.
“It is tough to understand how you can miss (the braking) so much. It is not a couple of metres. You arrive at a speed that it is impossible to negotiate the corner. So, sad for that but happy that we are all fine.” He added.
According to television replays, Alonso’s car bounced off the halo on Leclerc’s car and Alonso said: “I flew over his car and the halo was a good thing to have today. I think for him it helped, looking at the replay. We don’t need to prove it is a good thing to have.”
On his error, Hulkenberg said: “I misjudged my braking point a little bit and there was no real time to recover it.
“Of course I can understand that he [Alonso] is upset and frustrated. So am I, and he has every right to be, but it is racing and these things unfortunately do happen.” He concluded.