Rosberg Cuts Down Hamilton’s Championship Lead To Nine Points

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Nico Rosberg won the 2016 Belgium GP from pole position, without any challenge. The German driver has cut down Hamilton's Championship lead to nine points. Lewis Hamilton's strategy was simple for Belgium GP, he was in damage limitation mode.

Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, and Max Verstappen were involved in first turn contact. This ruined the trio's race as all three cars were damaged and had to enter pits for rectification. Jenson Button's race ended prematurely as Pascal Wehrlein rear-ended the McLaren.

Lap six witnessed one of the biggest accident of this season, with the race being red flagged eventually. Kevin Magnussen in his Renault lost control at the popular corner, 'Eau Rouge'. Magnussen was extremely lucky as he suffered minor injuries and walked away unaided.

Hamilton fought extremely well and made the most out of the red flag situation. Lewis started the race in 21st position and steadily made his way to the podium. At one point, it seemed that Lewis Hamilton would catch up with Ricciardo for second place as well.

Fernando Alonso and McLaren Honda were thrilled with their seventh place finish. Alonso started the race from the last position and along with Hamilton entered point scoring positions. Spa-Francorchamps was not supposed to benefit McLaren, however, engine updates have helped them.

Force India witnessed a dream finish with Hulkenberg and Perez. The duo completed Belgian GP in fourth and fifth places respectively. Vettel and Raikkonen crossed the finish line in sixth and ninth place. Next GP will be contested on September 4th at the iconic Monza circuit in Italy.

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Story first published: Monday, August 29, 2016, 9:20 [IST]
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