By Lara Seychell
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM – The first race following the summer break saw Nico Rosberg easily win the Belgian Grand Prix, ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton.
As the teams were back at work, what went well during this GP, and who was still on their summer break?!
The race was full of action right from the word go as Max Verstappen, and Ferrari team-mates Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel came together as the three tried to squeeze into the first corner together. They all made contact and from then on, none of them really recovered to fight for good positions in the race.
After the first couple of laps, a red flag was shown, following a big crash from Renault’s Kevin Magnussen who lost control of the car and hit the barriers at more than 200mph. Gladly, he walked away from the crash and only suffered a cut to his ankle.
Easy for Rosberg
Rosberg started the race on pole position, and led throughout to win the race despite the red flag and commotion behind him. This means that he reduced the gap in the front of the championship to Hamilton and he now trails behind by just 9 points.
What a comeback for Hamilton!
The Brit started the race from 21st position following penalties because of engine changes. It looked extremely difficult for him at the start, but thanks to the number of crashes and a couple of overtakes, he managed to climb through the pack to reach third position and avoid as much damage as possible in the championship. This also meant that he did not lose first place in the title race.
Who stood out from the others?
Nico Hulkenberg drove a great race to finish in fourth position and just missed the podium after a Hamilton comeback. Another driver who drove a great race was Fernando Alonso, who managed to get his McLaren to a well earned seventh position as the team continues to recover following the Honda engine takeover.
When & where does it all start again?
After the 44th lap, Rosberg crossed the finish line in first, and closed in on the lead of the championship as racing continues next week at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. There will be loads to look forward to as Hamilton will be back in top form in a track he loves, while the German will be trying to eat away more points.