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autoviva2016-08-29 11:54:42

Rosberg wins in Spa as Hamilton makes great recovery

Hamilton started in 21st place and still managed to finish on the podium

Rosberg won his sixth race of the 2016 season

It was yet another victory for MercedesMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Nico Rosberg won his sixth race of the season while his team-mate made an extraordinary recovery starting from 21st in the grid and managing to overtake 17 cars to finish in the lower podium position. Daniel Ricciardo for Red BullRed BullRed BullAustria, 2004 > present12 models
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was the runner-up in Spa.

Rosberg was expecting to recover some extra points in the championship race as Hamilton's engine change forced him to start on the bottom of the grid. But his team-mate recovery meant the German only managed to shorten his lead to nine points. Daniel Ricciardo solidified his third place in the drivers' standings ahead of duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
The race at Spa started with an incident between the two Ferrari's and Max Verstappen. Vettel on the outside and Verstappen forcing on the inside sandwiched Raikkonen on the first turn. While the German spun the Finn and the Dutch drivers got their cars damaged and were forced to come to the pits.
Still on the opening lap Manor's Pascal Wehrlein ran into the back of Jenson Button's McLarenMcLarenMcLarenUnited Kingdom, 1963 > present92 models
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at Les Combes and both drivers had to retire. Carlos Sainz only lasted up to lap two with a puncture forcing him to abandon.
Nine laps into the race a heavy crash from RenaultRenaultRenaultFrance, 1898 > present189 models
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's Kevin Magnussen at Eau Rouge forced the safety car to come into action and later FIA race Director Charlie Whiting to red flag the race for 17 minutes. At the point Rosberg was leading ahead of Ricciardo, Force IndiaForce IndiaForce IndiaIndia, 2007 > present8 models
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's Nico Hulkenberg, Alonso and Hamilton, with Vettel 11th, Verstappen 16th and Raikkonen 17th. 
On the restart Raikkonen and Verstappen made contact again pushing themselves down the order. By then Hamilton had made his way up to third overtaking Hulkenberg on lap 18. Three laps later a slow visit to pits made him fall into ninth, but he would climb back to third behind Rosberg and Ricciardo, with other drivers also making their final pitstops.
Rosberg had a peaceful race and crossed the finish line with a 14.1 second lead over Ricciardo. Hamilton finished third ahead of Force India duo Hulkenberg and Perez, with the Indian team rising into fourth place in the constructors' championship, overtaking Williams by two points.
Vettel and Alonso were  sixth and seventh, while WilliamsWilliamsWilliamsUnited Kingdom, 1977 > present37 models
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' Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were eighth and 10th respectively, split by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. With several incidents with the Finn Verstappen didn't go further than 11th.
Check the Driver's and Consctructor's World Championship standings here.
Results Belgian Grand Prix 2016
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h44m51.058s
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 14.113s
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 27.634s
4 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 35.907s
5 Sergio Perez Force India 40.660s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 45.394s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 59.445s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m00.151s
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m01.109s
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1m05.873s
11 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1m11.138s
12 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1m13.877s
13 Romain Grosjean Haas 1m16.474s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m27.097s
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m33.165s
16 Esteban Ocon Manor 1 Lap
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1 Lap
- Kevin Magnussen Renault Spun off
- Marcus Ericsson Sauber Gearbox
- Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso Tyre
- Jenson Button McLaren Collision
- Pascal Wehrlein Manor Collision






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