Initially the lap 13-crash in which Hamilton slammed into a barrier after he and Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi banged wheels at the end of the high-speed Kemmel straight appeared to be a racing incident.
Even team principal Martin Whitmarsh felt Hamilton "was extremely unlucky", claiming the emphasis was on Kobayashi "not to make a connection quite as hard as that".
Within hours, however, Hamilton had contradicted his boss, making it unequivocally clear he was the guilty party.
Via his Twitter account, Hamilton said: "After watching the replay, I realise it was my fault today 100%. I didn't give Kobayashi enough room though I thought in (sic) was past.
"Apologies to Kamui and to my team. The team deserves better from me. Best wishes, Lewis."
The incident was just the latest in a string of incidents that have occurred this season in Malaysia, Monaco, Montreal, Budapest, and now in Spa, the scene of his victory last year.
When you consider this year's winner Sebastian Vettel has not been involved in a single incident during a race this season, and has finished every grands prix, it is no wonder Hamilton trails the 24-year-old German by 113 points with 175 to play for.
In assessing his title chances now, Hamilton's response was clear and succinct as he said: "The championship wasn't ours anyway."
After an on-track flare-up with Pastor Maldonado in qualifying on Saturday, their second of the year after Hamilton crashed into him in Monaco to end his race, the Venezuelan feels the Briton needs to cool it.
Hamilton was reprimanded for initially banging wheels with the 26-year-old Williams driver, only for the latter to incur a five-place grid penalty for swiping across the front of the McLaren.
Following Hamilton's heavy shunt, Maldonado said: "What happened in qualifying was racing. We need to look forward. That's past.
"The only bad thing is he did the same in the race, so I think he needs to be more focused on his race and not to do that movement."
Hamilton did at least visit Maldonado to clear the air to which the latter added: "Lewis is a really talented driver, a really good friend, so we need to be more focused and respect each other more."
Hamilton did find an ally in team principal Martin Whitmarsh, who not for the first time of late found himself defending his driver.
"He is a racing driver who is competitive, which people were saying throughout most of Ayrton Senna's career, the same with Michael Schumacher," said Whitmarsh.
"For all those committed, competitive drivers, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't."
Vettel made it seven wins in 12 races this season, scoring a 10th one-two with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber who remains the closest challenger at 92 points adrift.
From 13th on the grid, and 19th following an early pit stop, Jenson Button grabbed another podium place to leave Whitmarsh describing him as "the driver of the day".
Button, though, is 110 points behind Vettel, whilst Fernando Alonso is 102 adrift after the Spaniard finished fourth.