Lewis Hamilton has revealed how only some excellent defensive tactics kept Sebastian Vettel's 'faster' Ferrari at bay in Sunday's Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.
The Briton's slender lead was eradicated by a mid-race safety car, and his restart was then compromised by being in the wrong engine mode, allowing Vettel to close in. But while the pair went nose-to-tail through Eau Rouge, Hamilton - who went on to win by barely two seconds - explained a defensive trick had helped him stay ahead.
"I did a little bit of weaving and managed to catch Sebastian out on the restart, but I had power in the wrong setting so as I pulled away I didn't pull away as I'd hoped – and he caught me up into the last corner which was not great and then he was on my tail," Hamilton said.
"Obviously into Turn 1 I struggled with the front tyres – and he was too close on the exit of Turn 1 and he had to lift, which was actually great.
"Going down the straight I let off the power a little as well, just to keep him right up my tail, because if he was further away he would have had the chance to gain momentum and then slipstream past.
"That's what he really wanted and I didn't give him that, so when we got to the top of the hill he was there and as soon as he pulled out he was facing the full force of the air just as I was and he had no hope – so I was really happy with that move!"