Lewis Hamilton won his fifth race of the season to extend his championship lead to nearly two clear race victories at the Belgian Grand Prix, but the biggest story of this staid Sunday came at the back of the field and well out of the points.

Ferrari, motorsport’s most famous and best-funded team, lumbered home to its worst result in a decade in a hellish weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc crawled to 13th and 14th, beaten by Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and only five seconds ahead of Williams rookie Nicholas Latifi in its lowest meritorious double finish since 2010.

Never has the Formula One paddock been more intensely pressurised than in this most unusual 2020 season.

We’re two rounds into an unprecedented run of 10 races in 13 weeks, and with the full schedule of events still undetermined, every grand prix threatens to make or break a championship.

The pressure has never been higher. Fortunately Lewis Hamilton thrives on it.

Charles Leclerc celebrates scoring pole position at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix
It looks like Ferrari's finally back in the mix with a fourth successive pole, but Mercedes is poised to strike back in the race.
Charles Leclerc on track at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc has become the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher to take four poles in a row.
Charles Leclerc on track at the Singapore Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc and Ferrari defied expectations by taking a third pole in succession at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc beat Lewis Hamilton to a surprise pole position for Ferrari at the Singapore Grand Prix.

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The Italian Grand Prix Strategy Report podcast features Formula Passion journalist Luca Manacorda.
Who was more cooked at the Italian Grand Prix: the F1 TV director or Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari career? Plus is Nico Rosberg really the new Jacques Villeneuve? And if so, what happens to the old Jacques Villeneuve? And what about John Newhouse?
Charles Leclerc celebrates at the Italian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc has scored a memorable victory in front of Ferrari's home crowd at the Italian Grand Prix.
The Belgian Grand Prix Strategy Report podcast features BBC 5 Live commentator Jack Nicholls.
Charles Leclerc on track at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc has dedicated his first Formula One victory to late racing rival Anthoine Hubert after beating championship leader Lewis Hamilton to the chequered flag by less than a second at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel congratulates Charles Leclerc on his third career F1 pole.
Ferrari dominated qualifying, but Friday race pace suggested the grand prix will be anything but easy for polesitter Charles Leclerc.
Charles Leclerc on track at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc leads a Ferrari front-row lockout ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc smiles in the pit lane at the 2019 German Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc topped the practice time sheet, but Ferrari's position at the front fo the pack is far from secure.
Charles Leclerc after taking pole in Austria.
Charles Leclerc claimed pole after teammate Sebastian Vettel was held in his garage with engine problems.
Charles Leclerc on track at the Austrian Grand Prix.
The competitive order is little clearer after a chaotic day of practice at the Red Bull Ring.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc was the favourite to take pole position at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix right up until he smacked into the barriers.

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Nothing fires up the formula one public quite like team orders, and it’s taken only three races for the sport’s favourite subject to become a major talking point in 2019.