Nico Rosberg has won the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in second and Lewis Hamilton in third.
A 44 lap race littered with drama from the start to finish, it was Rosberg who dominated the race and took the win for Mercedes.
But the race behind him was the one to watch. As the pack went into the frist corner, it was Sebastian Vettel who made a bold move on Kimi Raikkonen from the outside. But he made contact with his Ferrari team-mate and spun out. Riakkonen was forced to make an evasive move but he contacted with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull on the inside.
The incident saw all three drivers included in the incident drop down the order as Raikonen and Verstappen both sustained damage from the collision, while Raikkonen limped back to the pits with a puncture.
A few laps later, Kevin Magnussen spun out in his Renault on the top of Eau Rouge and suffered a massive crash into the barriers. Luckily, he limped away from the crash safely without suffering any major injury. it has been reported by Renault, that Magnussen has only sustained a small cut to his ankle.
The incident brought out the safety car, followed by a red flag as the barriers were being repaired in the mean time.
These series of events played right into the hands of the championship leader, Hamilton who started from the very back of the gird, who was now up to seventh place.
On the restart, Rosberg again pulled away, while Hamilton made his way past and was up to fourth place. He eventually got past the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg and was in for a podium finish. He kept his place all the way to the end of the race as Daniel Riccardo refused to concede his second place.
Further down the order, the Ferraris of Vettel and Raikkonen fought their way back up the order, after both drivers had to fend of a determined but struggling Verstappen in the Red Bull. However, both drivers managed to salvage valuable points in the end. Vettel finished sixth behind the two Force Indias of Hulkenberg and Segio Perez, in fourth and fifth respectively.
The red flag situation also helped Fernando Alonso in the McLaren who started the race last but finished seventh ahead of Valterri Bottas in the Williams. With two laps to go, Raikkonen made his move on Felipe Massa and finished ninth. Massa held on to the final point position in tenth.
2016 F1 Belgian GRAND PRIX (28/08/2016)
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps – 7.004KM, 20 TURNS, 44 LAPS
|2||Daniel Ricciardo||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||44||+14.113s|
|4||Nico Hulkenberg||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||44||+35.907s|
|5||Sergio Perez||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||44||+40.660s|
|7||Fernando Alonso||MCLAREN HONDA||44||+59.445s|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||44||+60.151s|
|10||Felipe Massa||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||44||+65.873s|
|11||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||44||+71.138s|
|12||Esteban Gutierrez||HAAS FERRARI||44||+73.877s|
|13||Romain Grosjean||HAAS FERRARI||44||+76.474s|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||44||+87.097s|
|16||Esteban Ocon||MRT MERCEDES||43||+1 lap|
|17||Felipe Nasr||SAUBER FERRARI||43||+1 lap|
|NC||Marcus Ericsson||SAUBER FERRARI||3||DNF|
|NC||Carlos Sainz||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||1||DNF|
|NC||Jenson Button||MCLAREN HONDA||1||DNF|
|NC||Pascal Wehrlein||MRT MERCEDES||0||DNF|