This morning’s Formula 1 Belgian GP at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit lived up to the hype that always surrounds Spa, with plenty of spills and thrills from beginning to end- and what an ending! Daniel Ricciardo held off a charging Nico Rosberg for his third win of the season!
Even while the day was Daniel and Red Bull’s, however, the headlines tomorrow will be all about the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Rosberg.
In the opening stages of the race, on lap 2, Nico Rosberg tried to make up for a slow start by storming past his World Drivers’ Champion teammate, Lewis Hamilton, for the race lead. It was a rash, stupid move, and resulted in Nico’s Mercedes losing a section of its front wing while Hamilton’s cut a tire, forcing him to limp around the 4+ mile long Spa circuit until he could make into the pits.
From first to last, that fast.
Further back, Kimi Raikkonen put in his best drive of 2014, so far, putting his Ferrari into 2nd, then 3rd for much of the race before finally losing out to Williams‘ Valtteri Bottas in the closing seconds of the race and finishing in P4.
P5, however, was a different story. There was a titanic battle for 5th in the last stint of the race, with Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, and young rookie Kevin Magnussen dicing furiously lap after lap, corner after corner. It was a thrilling display of race craft carried out by four drivers with seven World Drivers’ Championships between them, an it looked like it could go anybody’s way down to the last.
If you can find the battle for 5th on YouTube, you should definitely take some time out to watch it. Until then, you can see how the rest of the 2014 Formula 1 Belgian GP played out for everyone else in the chart, below.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||5|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||9|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||11|
|4||Max Chilton||Marussia-Ferrari||-1 Lap|
|9||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham-Renault||-1 Lap|
|17||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Ferrari||-5 Laps|
Source | Photos: Formula 1.