In the end this was the perfect outcome for Lewis Hamilton's hopes of overhauling Sebastian Vettel to win the 2017 Formula 1 world championship. Hamilton converted his Michael Schumacher-equalling 68th pole position into victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, and slashed Vettel's 14-point championship lead in half.
But Hamilton had to fight tooth and nail to get the job done. He said it took "absolutely everything of me" to beat Vettel at Spa, and feels it will take a mighty effort from now until the end of the season for Mercedes to keep him in the title fight.
"I've read lots of stories or heard lots of comments about our car being the best, or we have the fastest car," Hamilton said. "But I think it's very difficult for anyone to truly say that, because there are definitely areas where we're faster and areas where they're faster, and it varies from race to race.