Lewis Hamilton: NASCAR-style Safety Car was unnecessary

The former Ferrari and eventually Mercedes driver has had 40 wins from pole while Hamilton has 36; whereas Schumacher's total Global Positioning System stand at 308.

Hamilton and Vettel had a couple of tight battles on-track, the most notable coming after the safety vehicle period when the Ferrari driver was able to get close down the Kemmel Straight, albeit unable to overtake.

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"I want the next nine (races) to all be (perfect)", he said.

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Hamilton's win puts him just seven behind, on 213 points.

"It was very, very strong today, and I was towing him around everywhere, so they were getting a good tow down the straights".

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"I enjoy the racing and, obviously, I want to do well".

After Force India teammates Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon collided on lap 30, the safety vehicle was called out for debris on the track, a move which blew the race wide open. The auto is not quite where we need it, " said Hamilton, who was competing in his 200th GP.

The three-time F1 champion was already ahead when he went even faster with a final lap for Mercedes, but Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel limited the damage with a fine lap to join Hamilton on the front row.

Hamilton's fourth Belgian pole was the 68th of the Mercedes star's career, and after delivering it his (and Schumacher's) former team boss Ross Brawn was on hand to share in the historic moment.

"You have to ask them", he said. He was probably waiting for me to do a mistake - I didn't. I think the positive thing is that we had very good race pace.

"I guess they (the stewards) wanted to see a race, so that's for sure the reason they did that because there was hardly any debris", he said.

"Now, to think I have equalled him on poles is very surreal and very much a humbling experience, particularly knowing that Michael is such a legend".

Vettel, 30, had said only on Thursday that news of his whereabouts for next season and beyond would not be announced within the next fortnight. "It was very hard to follow in the middle sector, but we stayed close, then we benefitted a little bit in the first and the last sector, but overall the vehicle was very good".


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