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Race highlights - Belgium 2014 // First lap clashes and last minute battles bookend the action in Spa

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Ricciardo with his trophy
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With Mercedes locking out the front row, it was always going to be an explosive race between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Perhaps we didn't expect it would end up how it did, but it's an afternoon that will have repercussions for the rest of the season. The rain stayed away to allow racing to continue unhindered, and tyre strategy proved crucial in gaining or losing positions.

Overtaking galore, four-way battles for position, and a change in race leader on the odd occasion all added up to a great afternoon of racing. Relive each lap via the Factbyte Factbox for the fabulous Belgian Grand Prix.

As it happened: Belgium 2014 - The race

Event Highlights

  • Hamilton snatches the lead from polesitter Rosberg off the line but Nico crashes into the back of Lewis on lap two.
  • Daniel Ricciardo moved into the lead as Hamilton dropped back and eventually retired from the race.
  • Other DNFs included both Lotus drivers, Jules Bianchi and André Lotterer (after only a couple of laps).
  • Battling for the mid points position sees McLaren, Vettel and Alonso in a four-way fight to the very last lap.
  • 12:30

    Hello F1 friends, it's race day and that means it's time for more Factbyte Factboxing fun. Are you ready?

  • 12:30

    It's Spa-Francorchamps so naturally all eyes are on the skies. So far, the sun is shining but there are plenty of clouds in the sky that could turn threatening at any moment.

  • 12:31

    With half an hour until the race gets underway, the pit lane has opened and thus drivers are heading out to see the state of the track at this point of the weekend. Qualifying was wet but the track is dry today.

  • 12:32
    Circuit Data
    Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
    Local timezone+02:00 GMT
    First race1950
    Number of laps44
    Circuit length7.004km
    Race distance308.052km
    Start offset0.124km
  • 12:33

    Mercedes were on top form yesterday, as per usual, with Nico Rosberg securing pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The Brit blamed brake problems but it's not expected to be an issue for him in the dry conditions today.

  • 12:33

    TweetTweet from @MercedesAMGF1: Pit lane open... drivers strapped in... grab the popcorn and get comfortable everyone! The GREATEST show on earth is about to begin! #F1

  • 12:34
    Factbyte Factbox image

    Pirelli have brought the medium and soft compounds to Spa, with the white and yellow sidewalls respectively. A two stop strategy is predicted to be the norm.

  • 12:36
    2014 Race Wins
    PosDriverTotal
    1L Hamilton5
    2N Rosberg4
    3D Ricciardo2

    Can anyone else get their name on the table today? It seems unlikely. It's probably going to be a battle to see if Hamilton can extend his race win tally, or if Rosberg can equal it.

  • 12:37

    TweetTweet from @Marussia_F1Team: Jules and Max partake in some laps to the grid before they take up their P16 and P19 slots.

  • 12:39

    Sebastian Vettel gets some very detailed weather information, that there are clouds coming and going over the track, there could be some spots of rain on the circuit but nothing too bad yet. It's also quite breezy.

  • 12:40
    Button pre-race checks
    Credit: Twitter/McLarenF1

    @McLarenF1 "Radio checks complete and JB ready to go. The clock ticks down, let's do it."

  • 12:41

    The grid is forming up nicely, Felipe Massa pulls to a halt at the end and is pushed through the crowds of people towards his grid slot.

  • 12:42
    Starting Grid
    1N RosbergMercedes
    2L HamiltonMercedes
    3S VettelRed Bull
    4F AlonsoFerrari
    5D RicciardoRed Bull
    6V BottasWilliams
    7K MagnussenMcLaren
    8K RäikkönenFerrari
    9F MassaWilliams
    10J ButtonMcLaren
  • 12:44

    Of course, today is the debut of André Lotterer, who is stepping in to Kamui Kobayashi's boots for what is potentially just a one-off race. He managed to outqualify his teammate yesterday, which was an impressive start considering the conditions. On the grid now, he's starting to look a little edgy: "It’s been a steep learning curve. I’d never driven the car in the rain, there’s no worse conditions to go into qualifying. Just tried to make the most out of it, learning as fast as I can. Up until now I was okay, but of course, my first Grand Prix, it would be wrong not to be nervous."

  • 12:45

    QuoteNico Hülkenberg, out of place on the grid in 18th: "Yesterday we did some mistakes but today is another day. We still have a good race on our hands because the car is fast, so we should be able to recover some. First priority is to stay out of trouble, survive the first lap, then build up on it. The chance of rain climbs from 2pm onwards. My guess is it’s just going to be a slick race."

  • 12:48

    Romain Grosjean has a seat just beside the Lotus. He's getting in the zone but also looks disappointed with 15th place on the grid.

  • 12:49

    QuoteKevin Magnussen, sporting the makings of a beard: "It’s a decent start position, P7. With a good start, first corner, good lap, could have a good race. Not hoping for rain, it’s too cold."

  • 12:52

    Weather icon

    13°C
    Track20°C
    Humidity65%
    Wind speed3.4mps
  • 12:52

    QuoteRob Smedley, Head of Vehicle Performance at Williams: "Slightly disappointed with qualifying yesterday, probably could have been third and fourth if everything had been perfect. Looked good on Friday with the long run in the dry. Looks like it might start raining, just before the start of the race. Five to two, two o’clock. Would have preferred a dry race but it’s not going to be dry. We’ll be alright."

  • 12:54

    Small puddles on track do look like there's some drops starting to affect them.

  • 12:57

    The second row of the grid will be one to watch, as Vettel and Alonso go head to head to be best of the rest into the first corner.

  • 12:58

    It's also worth keeping an eye on Jules Bianchi, who made his way into Q2 yesterday and secured 16th on the grid today.

  • 12:59

    Tyre blankets coming off now, with every driver on soft tyres except Adrian Sutil, who has the medium compounds on his Sauber.

  • 13:00

    The grid is clearing, except for Ferrari's Fernando Alonso who is still surrounded by mechanics.

  • 13:01

    The formation lap begins, and he gets away before the final car passes him. That means he can now catch up to his position but it requires weaving past all the cars in front. Slightly dangerous!

  • 13:01

    Race controlIncident involving Fernando Alonso under investigation - team personnel on the grid at the 15 seconds signal.

  • 13:02

    Rosberg leads the field on a relatively speedy formation lap, with Alonso now back in position.

  • 13:02

    Kevin Magnussen reports there are light spots of rain.

  • 13:04

    Rosberg pulls to a halt at the front of the grid, and the pack forms up behind him. Lewis Hamilton went a little too far and had to reverse to be in the correct spot.

  • 13:04

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Fernando Alonso got away this time, as Lewis Hamilton surges forward to snatch the lead from Rosberg.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Into the first corner, Vettel also manages to get ahead of Rosberg, dropping the polesitter to third.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Vettel pulls alongside Hamilton at the top of Eau Rouge to try and take the lead but couldn't stop in time and took to the run-off, losing out to Rosberg.

  • 13:06 Lap 1

    Jules Bianchi has a right rear puncture and is hustling to get back to the pit lane. There were brief yellow flags earlier in the lap so there may have been contact somewhere.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    Yellow flagYellow flags as Lewis Hamilton runs wide with a puncture.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    Nico Rosberg was attempting a move on his teammate, but there was contact - Nico's front wing damaged and rear puncture for Hamilton.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Pastor Maldonado has stopped at turn 4, unseen by the cameras so far.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Hamilton is shedding rubber from the tyre all over the track as he tries to get back to the pit lane.

  • 13:09 Lap 3

    Race control5 seconds stop/go penalty for Fernando Alonso - team personnel on the grid at the 15 seconds signal.

  • 13:09 Lap 3

    Hamilton made it back to the pit lane and has fresh tyres bolted on, but he's going to be way down the order. He rejoins in 19th place.

  • 13:09 Lap 3

    Rosberg is now leading, but reports over the radio that he's lost a lot of downforce due to the front wing damage. He's causing a bit of a train now.

  • 13:10 Lap 4

    Lotterer has also come to a halt, unseen by the cameras. His first race over already!

  • 13:11 Lap 4

    Ricciardo has overtaken Alonso for third place, making the move at Les Combes.

  • 13:12 Lap 5

    TweetTweet from @pirellisport: First unscheduled pit stops due to incidents: GRO and HAM change to the medium, BIA goes for another set of soft tyres.

  • 13:13 Lap 5
    Battle for 1st
    PosDriverGap
    1ROS-
    2VET+0.930
    3RIC+0.389
    4ALO+1.049
    5BOT+0.275
  • 13:15 Lap 6

    Ricciardo has swept past his teammate Vettel to move up to second. He's got super pace, it can't be long before he pressures Rosberg for the lead.

  • 13:15 Lap 6

    Poor Lotterer wanders back up the pitlane, he looks disappointed but resigned. As an endurance racer, four laps isn't really enough!

  • 13:16 Lap 7

    Replays show Vettel ran wide, over the kerbs, which slowed him enough to allow Ricciardo to fly past.

  • 13:16 Lap 7

    Vettel looks to be struggling now, with Alonso closing the gap and Bottas hunting them both down.

  • 13:18 Lap 8

    Bottas makes the move in the DRS zone to pass Alonso, he locks up slightly in the following corner but retains fourth place.

  • 13:20 Lap 9

    The Mercedes mechanics form up in the pit lane, with a new front wing waiting and ready. He pits, handing the lead to Ricciardo.

  • 13:20 Lap 9

    Kimi Räikkönen also came in at the same time, for a normal stop.

  • 13:20 Lap 9
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverN Rosberg
    TeamMercedes
    Pit lane29.997s
    Stopped10s
  • 13:21 Lap 9

    Rosberg rejoins in 15th place, with Hamilton still down in 19th.

  • 13:22 Lap 10

    TweetTweet from @Marussia_F1Team: Lap 8/44 | Encouraging words for Jules from his engineer. Lap time looks good and closing the gap but unfortunately it's still a big gap.

  • 13:22 Lap 10

    Sergio Pérez and Felipe Massa come into the pits at the same time, with a nice clean stop for the Williams driver.

  • 13:23 Lap 10

    Onboard footage on Rosberg's car shows some debris - presumably from Hamilton's tyre - has attached itself to the radio aerial on the front of the car, and it's flapping in his face. It could also get wrapped around the steering wheel.

  • 13:24 Lap 11

    Sebastian Vettel pits from second place, with Daniel Ricciardo still leading the race - now with four seconds over Bottas.

  • 13:24 Lap 11

    Kvyat and Hülkenberg also come in for their first stops of the day.

  • 13:25 Lap 11

    Vettel slides his way out of the pit lane and rejoins in 7th place, just behind Kimi Räikkönen and alongside Jean-Éric Vergne. He drag-races the Toro Rosso down to the next corner and retains 7th.

  • 13:26 Lap 12

    Ricciardo pits from the lead, rejoin in front of Räikkönen, who has split the Red Bulls in that first round of stops.

  • 13:28 Lap 13

    Team radioTeam radio to Lewis Hamilton: "You're still catching Grosjean at over a second a lap, the only car faster than you is Bottas in P2."

  • 13:28 Lap 13

    Bottas and Alonso both come in for their first stops, the Ferrari driver held up for that five second penalty.

  • 13:28 Lap 13

    Button now leads the race, having not yet stopped. Vergne also hasn't visited the pit lane in 7th, and Gutiérrez in 11th.

  • 13:29 Lap 13

    Alonso takes the inside line into Rivage to move past the Force India of Sergio Pérez and up into ninth place.

  • 13:30 Lap 14

    Button pits from the lead and rejoins in tenth place.

  • 13:30 Lap 14

    Meanwhile, Kevin Magnussen approached the rear of Jean-Éric Vergne and somehow dipped and dived his way past into the final corner. Up into 6th place for the McLaren driver now.

  • 13:30 Lap 14

    Team radioTeam radio to Nico Rosberg: "You're on the opposite tyre to the cars in front of you. Push hard and try to overtake them."

  • 13:32 Lap 15
    Stop for Kevin, back out on a new set of options
    Credit: Twitter/McLarenF1

    @McLarenF1: Great stop for Kevin, back out on a new set of Options.

  • 13:32 Lap 15
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    14D Ricciardo1
    26K Räikkönen1
    30S Vettel1
    4-3N Rosberg1
    51V Bottas1
    61K Magnussen1
    7-3F Alonso1
    84JE Vergne0
    94S Pérez1
    100J Button1
  • 13:34 Lap 16

    QuoteAndré Lotterer: "The engine completely went off. We don’t know exactly what caused it and why. After the race they can tell us more about it. Really short for me, it’s a shame. Up till now everything went well, it was a really good experience for me. That’s racing sometimes. For sure, with a result like this, I’d like to do another race to feel satisfied and completed."

  • 13:34 Lap 16

    Vergne pits which makes that all drivers having stopped at least once. Grosjean has been into the pits twice now!

  • 13:35 Lap 16

    Rosberg is back up to fourth now, whilst Hamilton is really struggling to make progress. He's in 16th.

  • 13:35 Lap 17

    An out of control move from Rosberg sees him dive to the side of Vettel but hugely lock up into the following corner. He's now under pressure from Bottas as well.

    Rosberg failed overtake
  • 13:36 Lap 17

    Bottas has the advantage through the next DRS zone and Rosberg's mistake costs him dearly as he drops down to fifth place.

  • 13:38 Lap 18

    Vettel gets a warning over the radio to respect the track limits at certain sections. The Red Bull driver also asks if he can use his boost in defence of Bottas, who is closing in behind.

  • 13:38 Lap 18

    Lewis Hamilton comes in for his second stop of the day, it's a smooth 2.9 second stop for the Brit.

  • 13:40 Lap 19
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stRIC1:54.423
    2ndRAI+6.532
    3rdVET+10.178
    4thBOT+10.707
    5thROS+11.961
  • 13:41 Lap 20

    There is some hefty damage to Hamilton's Mercedes, which would explain why he's not making much progress so far.

  • 13:41 Lap 20

    Meanwhile, Rosberg dives into the pit lane after complaining about vibrations on the front tyres. That would be the lock-up Nico. He takes on another set of medium tyres.

  • 13:42 Lap 20

    Hamilton asks whether they should save the engine, ie. "Can I stop now, please?"

  • 13:45 Lap 21

    StopwatchHamilton sets the fastest lap so far on lap 19, a 1:53.926, despite his complaints.

  • 13:46 Lap 22

    Kimi Räikkönen's presence is requested in the pit lane, he dives in from second place to take on some fresh tyres.

  • 13:46 Lap 22

    Meanwhile, Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso is pressuring Kevin Magnussen for fourth place. The McLaren has to go seriously defensive as Alonso tucks up behind.

  • 13:47 Lap 23

    Vettel is next in to the pit lane, taking on the medium tyres, and dropping back behind Räikkönen in eighth place.

  • 13:48 Lap 23

    Felipe Massa is down in 14th place, struggling for pace in comparison to teammate Bottas - who is up in second at the moment. There's talk that Massa picked up some debris, though, which is slowing him down.

  • 13:48 Lap 23

    TweetTweet from @WilliamsRacing: Massa stops for options&team clear debris from his car which was disrupting the downforce in last stint

  • 13:49 Lap 24

    Rosberg passed Jenson Button for sixth place but then slowed up to allow the McLaren back through - potentially due to track limits.

  • 13:49 Lap 24

    Magnussen pits, relieving Alonso who moves up to third.

  • 13:50 Lap 24

    Rosberg makes another pass on Button and it looks like he should get to keep this one.

  • 13:51 Lap 25

    Hamilton has dispatched Grosjean for 16th place, but now has a good five seconds to catch up Adrian Sutil for the next position.

  • 13:52 Lap 25

    Kimi Räikkönen passed Jenson Button into the final chicane, moving up to fifth and behind his teammate.

  • 13:53 Lap 26

    Fernando Alonso pits for his second stop of the afternoon. He's taken on the medium compound so potentially can get to the end of the race on that set of rubber.

  • 13:54 Lap 26

    Our first waved blue flags of the day, and it's Jules Bianchi who is getting lapped.

  • 13:55 Lap 27

    Hülkenberg is running a long second stint, up to 7th place with just one stop under his belt. He's just lost a position to Kevin Magnussen, who now sits behind teammate Button.

  • 13:56 Lap 28

    Daniel Ricciardo comes into the pits from the lead of the race.

  • 13:57 Lap 28

    Hamilton complains again about having no downforce and being unable to close the gap on the cars in front. His engineer talks him down from the ledge, he has good pace, and if there's a safety car, it would be all to play for.

  • 13:59 Lap 29

    Bottas gets the call for his second stop of the day, which puts Ricciardo back into the lead once more.

  • 13:59 Lap 29

    Romain Grosjean came in for his third pit stop, and almost immediately ran off track at turn four. A tricky day for the Lotus crew.

  • 14:01 Lap 30

    Jenson Button pits from sixth place, and he drops down the order whilst he takes on a fresh set of tyres. He rejoins in tenth place.

  • 14:02 Lap 30

    Team radioTeam radio to Nico Rosberg: "We're still able to win this race, you just need to close the gap to Ricciardo."

  • 14:03 Lap 31

    Max Chilton takes his second stop, the two Marussias are down a lap with everyone else still on the lead lap.

  • 14:03 Lap 31

    Valtteri Bottas puts in a lovely move to get past Sebastian Vettel at the top of Eau Rouge, the Finn now in fourth place.

  • 14:04 Lap 32
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    14D Ricciardo2
    2-1N Rosberg2
    35K Räikkönen2
    42V Bottas2
    5-2S Vettel2
    61K Magnussen2
    7-3F Alonso2
    85S Pérez2
    91J Button2
    101D Kvyat2
  • 14:05 Lap 32

    Rosberg has closed to within three seconds of Ricciardo now, with 12 laps remaining.

  • 14:05 Lap 32

    Lewis Hamilton is called in to the pits, medium compounds go on the car, it's not a super quick stop but he heads back out in 16th place.

  • 14:07 Lap 33

    Grosjean has run off track again, the Lotus a real handful today.

  • 14:08 Lap 33

    Team radioTeam radio to Sebastian Vettel: "Sebastian, will the tyres last?"

    "It's difficult to say, they don't feel very good now."

  • 14:09 Lap 34

    The top twelve, from Ricciardo all the way down to Hülkenberg, have all used both compounds so could, potentially, go to the end of the race from here.

  • 14:09 Lap 34

    Grosjean gets the call to pit and retire the car.

  • 14:10 Lap 35

    The Lotus driver heads into the garage, drives in front first and retires from the race.

  • 14:10 Lap 35

    Nico Rosberg pits from second place, and rejoins in third behind Kimi Räikkönen.

  • 14:11 Lap 35

    Sebastian Vettel also pits.

  • 14:11 Lap 35

    Before Rosberg could get his tyres up to temperature, Bottas took the opportunity to sweep past and move into third. Now the Mercedes is close behind the Williams to get the place back.

  • 14:12 Lap 36
    Recent Lap Times
    N Rosberg
    Lap 301:53.142
    Lap 311:53.414
    Lap 321:53.957
    Lap 331:53.392
  • 14:12 Lap 35

    Much more grip and pace in the Mercedes, and Rosberg easily takes the position back again.

  • 14:13 Lap 37

    Kimi Räikkönen was the next target, up they go through Eau Rouge and with the better tyres (and better engine), Rosberg can just maintain his pace to move into second place.

  • 14:16 Lap 38

    Alonso is tucked up behind Magnussen, he pulled alongside to try a move which the McLaren was having none of. It's a scrap for fifth place.

  • 14:16 Lap 38

    Hamilton again advises his pit crew they should stop to save the engine. And AGAIN, they tell him the engine is fine.

  • 14:17 Lap 39

    There's also a battle going on for third, with Bottas just half a second down on Kimi Räikkönen.

  • 14:18 Lap 39

    Replays show Nico Rosberg running wide at Stavelot, as he continues to push and try to close the 15 second gap to race leader Daniel Ricciardo.

  • 14:19 Lap 40

    Team radioTeam radio to Lewis Hamilton: "Okay Lewis, we are seeing degradation in the aero data here. Looks like we may have something coming adrift on the car. Box this lap, cool the car."

  • 14:20 Lap 40

    Valtteri Bottas finally sweeps past the Ferrari of Kimi Räikkönen to move into the final podium position.

  • 14:23 Lap 42

    Jules Bianchi pits, and retires from the race, a gearbox problem for the Marussia driver.

  • 14:24 Lap 42
    Driver Analysis
    DriverJ Button
    TeamMcLaren
    Position7
    Started10
    Stops2
    Last lap1:53.719
    Best lap1:53.483
  • 14:25 Lap 43

    Four-way battle begins between the two McLarens, Alonso and Vettel. Wheel to wheel action as Chilton and Ericsson fight each other and try to keep out the way at the same time.

  • 14:26 Lap 43

    In amongst that chaos, the net result is that Vettel has taken a position from Button. However, in the process, Magnussen got snarled up with the backmarkers, allowing the other two to join the fight, and Button to move up. The Brit dropped back again, though.

  • 14:27 Lap 44

    The fight continued with Alonso trying to get past Magnussen, diving to the left and the right. He ran wide, though, and allowed Vettel through.

  • 14:27 Lap 44

    Race controlTurn 5 incident involving Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso will be investigated after the race.

  • 14:28 Lap 44

    Vettel pulls alongside Magnussen now, and can't do it down the home straight but gets it just ahead of Eau Rouge.

  • 14:28 Lap 44

    Fernando Alonso has dropped back behind Button now, as there was some damage to the front wing as the close fighting got a little too close.

  • 14:29

    Chequered flagDaniel Ricciardo wins the Belgian Grand Prix!!

  • 14:29

    Rosberg finishes second, having closed the gap to 3 seconds. Valtteri Bottas joins them on the podium.

  • 14:30

    In that amazing last lap fight, Vettel took fifth, with the two McLarens behind, and Alonso bringing up the rear.

  • 14:30
    Race Winner
    DriverD Ricciardo
    TeamRed Bull
    Race time1:24:36.556
    Race distance308.052km
    Average speed218.452km/h
  • 14:31

    Fantastic win for Daniel Ricciardo, taking his tally up to three wins this season.

  • 14:31
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stRIC1:52.974
    2ndROS+3.3
    3rdBOT+28.0
    4thRAI+36.8
  • 14:33

    Lots of back-slapping going on at Red Bull, a well-fought victory, especially to keep Rosberg at bay in those last few laps.

  • 14:34

    Adrian Newey heads to the green room to be the RBR representative. Ricciardo asks some questions of Rosberg and Bottas. "Finish on prime?" he asks. Or maybe "Finnish on prime?"

  • 14:36

    Rosberg gets booed as he steps out onto the podium. Interesting!

  • 14:36
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    14D Ricciardo2
    2-1N Rosberg3
    33V Bottas2
    44K Räikkönen2
    5-2S Vettel3
    61K Magnussen2
    73J Button2
    8-4F Alonso2
    94S Pérez2
    101D Kvyat2
  • 14:36

    The national anthem plays out, and there's that trademark style and a big thumbs up from race winner Ricciardo.

  • 14:37

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: He had promised to score his first points in Belgium, and he did! 2 points for Checo!

  • 14:39
    Retirements
    DriverReasonLap
    P MaldonadoUnknown3
    A LottererPower unit4
    R GrosjeanUnknown34
    L HamiltonMassive strop40
    J BianchiGearbox42
  • 14:39

    More booing as Rosberg receives his trophy and raises it over his head. Difficult times at Mercedes!

  • 14:39

    Big cheers for Bottas though, the popular Finn picking up yet another trophy this season.

  • 14:46

    QuotePodium quotes - Daniel Ricciardo: "Back home there’s a huge following but this is nearly as many Australian flags as there were in Melbourne. A lot of Aussie fans here this weekend, thank you very much.

    "Definitely a bit different, when you lead the race for that long, it’s more about composure, just looking at your lap times, trying to be as consistent as possible. Once I heard Rosberg came in for a third stop, we knew he’d be quick at the end, had to keep the lap times up and keep it clean."

  • 14:47

    QuotePodium quotes - Nico Rosberg: "I got a good run on Lewis, tried to go round the outside, we just touched in the end unfortunately. That hurt both our races so from a team point of view that’s very disappointing but that’s the way it is. I haven’t seen it yet, it wouldn’t be good of me to comment now. I need to see it on TV and then I can comment afterwards. I was pretty confident, we had very good race speed, as you saw at the end there, but unfortunately it didn’t work out for us today."

  • 14:47

    QuotePodium quotes - Valtteri Bottas: "The team has done such a good job, we are coming on the right way. Another podium, the fourth one in my career, the fourth one in this season. We’re still chasing for the highest step. For now, in this season, if we keep like this, it’s okay. It’s the future that matters.

    "I think this season it’s going to be difficult [to win], we definitely need to be lucky to achieve that. Mercedes is really strong and on a track like this, Red Bull is really quick. We couldn’t really challenge Ricciardo, there’s still work to do but we’re on the right way."

  • 14:53

    QuoteInterview with a very angry looking Toto Wolff: "Absolutely unacceptable. Lap number two over a long race, a crash between two teammates. We have often discussed that situation, it happened today. I think it’s pretty clear what happened out there. You don’t try to overtake with the knife between your teeth in lap number two and then damage both cars. I think this is a decisive moment for the battle between the two of them and for the team.

    "Lewis was very upset, there’s not a lot to say. We kept him out there with a very damaged car. He will recover quickly, but obviously not happy at the moment."

  • 14:54
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1N Rosberg220
    2L Hamilton191
    3D Ricciardo156
    4F Alonso119
    5V Bottas110
  • 14:54
    Championship Standings
    PosTeamPts
    1Mercedes411
    2Red Bull254
    3Ferrari158
    4Williams150
    5McLaren111
  • 15:00

    An interview with Lewis Hamilton shows him as calm, resigned, disappointed - as much for the team as for himself. He also explained he wasn't trying to just give up but he couldn't even catch Grosjean (rude!) and is already a power unit down on Rosberg after his last retirement.

  • 15:03

    Ten out of ten for Valtteri Bottas who finished so well on the podium and far above Massa's 13th place finish. Four podiums out of the last five races for the Finn, and he'll be looking for more over the next few weeks.

  • 15:03

    Difficult times at Mercedes ahead, if you thought the relationship between Lewis and Nico was already strained, then this is going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Expect plenty of reaction in the days that follow to that second lap incident.

  • 15:04

    TweetTweet from @redbullf1spy: Sure, Daniel’s happy now – but in the morning he’s going to see everyone else had a much more exciting afternoon and be a little annoyed

  • 15:04

    Good to see Kimi Räikkönen back on form and battling at the top. The McLaren boys also had a good afternoon scrapping for strong points positions.

  • 15:05

    An odd but intriguing race at Spa, then, and it sets us up nicely for round thirteen in Italy in two week's time. I'll be back with more FBFB fun then, I hope you can join me! And as always, stay tuned to Sidepodcast for all the news and views in between.

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