Sebastian Vettel wins the 2018 Belgian GP

Sebastian Vettel wins the 2018 Belgian GP

Sebastian Vettel wins the 2018 Belgian GP

But Vettel has a knack for quick starts, and nudged his Ferrari past Hamilton's Mercedes on the first lap with a smart move down the left.

After losing to title rival Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton said Ferrari "have a few trick things going on in the car". Unfortunately, this wasn't the case.

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in wet conditions on Saturday, but was overtaken by Sebastian Vettel on the first lap and did not have the pace to match the German in the dry. It's not about someone else outperforming us, it's about us finding the clues to understand our underperformance. "Because we know quite a lot about the Ferrari auto and there is no way that Lewis would know anything about the Ferrari vehicle".

Despite losing the win Mercedes still hold the advantage in the Constructors' Championship by fifteen points, thanks to a retirement for Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen.

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas, starting near the back after being penalised for too many engine changes, overtook Sergio Perez late on to place fourth.

"I think they seem to have it where there are straights". "I don't think the auto was there right from the beginning, but we've got it to the point where it works everywhere and now we're competitive".

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"I'm quite amused about it really because we know quite a lot about Ferrari's auto and there is no way Lewis would know about anything about the Ferrari vehicle", he said.

Hamilton, last year's victor in Belgium, started from pole position but finished second for Mercedes while Red Bull's Max Verstappen gave his army of Dutch fans something to celebrate with third place. "I don't know what's on their auto, so I couldn't say (if it is illegal or legal) either way". "I look at today's race and I see many deficits".

"We stayed out of trouble and it was a bit boring, but I am happy to be on the podium", the Dutchman said.

"If you haven't got an explanation, you're trying to imagine all the nasty things", he admitted.

Asked about Hamilton's post-race comments, when the Briton claimed Ferrari had a "few trick things going on in the car", Wolff said: "They have a power advantage". Lewis wasn't really pushing anymore in the last 15 laps so I wasn't either.

"There is a great group of people around Olivier [Hulot - head of F1 electronics], and Cedrik [Staudohar - F1 data analyst] and Nikolas [Tombazis - head of single seater technical matters] that are on top of things and control each and every team, that are open minded, and this is goes for all the teams".

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