Charles Leclerc dedicates first F1 win to Anthoine Hubert

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Charles Leclerc dedicates first F1 win to Anthoine Hubert

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finally took his maiden Formula 1 victory after holding off Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes to win the Belgian Grand Prix.

Leclerc dedicated the win to Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert, who was killed in a crash on Saturday.

The 21-year-old has come close to wins twice before in his first season with Ferrari, his second in F1, but delivered under pressure at the classic Spa track.

But he had to fight for it as Hamilton closed in to cross the line less than a second behind in a nail-biting finish.

After pulling up in the pits at the end, Leclerc celebrated in fittingly subdued style, pointing at the sticker on his Ferrari dedicated to the memory of Hubert, against whom he had raced on his way through the ranks to F1.

Every driver and team carried a special marker in tribute to Hubert
A portrait of Hubert covered with condolence messages at the entrance of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was third, ahead of the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, who had a disappointing day, outclassed and out-paced by his team-mate.

And McLaren’s Lando Norris suffered a bitter blow at the end. After a strong race in fifth place after starting 11th, he suffered a suspected engine failure on the final lap and dropped out of the points.

That elevated Alexander Albon to fifth after a strong drive from 17th on the grid on his first outing for Red Bull.

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