Though Nico Rosberg of
Mercedes won the Formula One race in Belgium, this race will be remembered more
for all its crashes and near misses. Rosberg scored his sixth victory of the
year, the 20th of his career, and his first at Spa-Francorchamps. His teammate
Lewis Hamilton got the third position having driven well from the back of the
grid, with Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing coming in second.
For Force India it was a near
miss for the podium as driver Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez came in fourth
and fifth respectively. Their total of 22 points lifts Force India into fourth
place, ahead of Williams, with 103 to 101. The remaining table of ten who
earned points included Sebastian Vettel and his team mate Kimi Raikkonen who
came in sixth and ninth respectively. Seven to drive in was Fernando Alonso of
McLaren followed by Valtteri Bottas of Williams. Felipe Massa of Williams came
Now coming to the chaos, it
all started when early on in the race when Sebastian Vettel cut back sharply
and hit his own team mate Kimi and pushed the Finn into contact with the Red
Bull of Max Verstappen. All three cars were damaged; Verstappen lost a chunk of
his front wing, Raikkonen sustained a puncture and front wing damage and limped
to the pits, and Vettel also had resultant problems with his front wing. On the
opening lap, Pascal Wehrlein ran his Manor into the back of Jenson Button’s
McLaren, putting both of them out.
The sixth lap saw Kevin
Magnussen losing the back end of his Renault, which was running in eighth place
on team mate Jolyon Palmer’s tail. Despite crashing into the barriers
backwards, Kevin was able to walk away with minor injuries. His Renault looked
a write-off, and the race had to be red flagged on the ninth lap because the
tyre wall and barriers needed repairs.
After the race restarted, Rosberg
immediately resumed control. Despite Ricciardo tailing him throughout, he had
to be content with a second position.
POS. DRIVER TEAM
1 NICO ROSBERG MERCEDES
2 DANIEL RICCIARDO RED
3 LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES
4 NICO HULKENBERG FORCE
5 SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA
6 SEBASTIAN VETTEL FERRARI
7 FERNANDO ALONSO MCLAREN
8 VALTTERI BOTTAS WILLIAMS
9 KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN FERRARI
10 FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS
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