Nico Rosberg may have won his 20th career race, but there were many drivers who were in contention for the winners list after the Belgian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton, who started at the back of the grid, finished on the podium with a solid race and strategy proving the strength of Mercedes and skill of the British defending world champion.
Nico Rosberg was the only driver that maintained his position throughout the whole race and drove a solid clean race to claim his 20th career victory, at a time where he needed to close the gap to his teammate and the championship leader Hamilton.
The Force India’s gained their first top five for both drivers since Bahrain in 2014. It was a very strong race for both Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez who helped Force India jump ahead of Williams in the constructors battle for 4th place.
Daniel Ricciardo finished second in the race while the whole paddock was focused on his half Belgian teammate Max Verstappen. It was a good haul of points for the Australian Red Bull driver.
Fernando Alonso started at the back of the grid alongside Hamilton and finished strongly in the points. This was a strong race for him and valuable points for the team who are gaining and making small improvements along the way.
Max Verstappen had high hopes in the race, however finished outside the points in what could have been a podium finish. He was battling many cars and touched plenty of wheels along the way to finish the race pointless at his home race.
Kevin Magnussen crashed heavily into the barriers as the back end got away from him through Eau Rouge. Luckily he got out of the car despite having a slight limp and cut on his ankle. There will be a big re-build as it is back to back race and we will hear soon whether Kevin will be ready to race in Monza.
Carlos Sainz was racing strongly before he suffered a puncture, which led to damage in various parts of the car forcing him out of the race. This was disappointing, for what could have been a positive result.
Jenson Button had a crash with Pascal Wehrlein on the first lap, which left both drivers to retire in a race where McLaren were expecting to finish in the points. It looked clumsy on Wehrlein’s side, however it left them out of the race.
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