Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, August 24th 2014

Positions at race end

  • 1st: Daniel Ricciardo
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 2

  • 2nd: Nico Rosberg
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3

  • 3rd: Valtteri Bottas
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 2

  • 4th: Kimi Räikkönen
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 2

  • 5th: Sebastian Vettel
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 3

  • 6th: Jenson Button
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 2

  • 7th: Fernando Alonso
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 2

  • 8th: Sergio Pérez
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 9th: Daniil Kvyat
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 2

  • 10th: Nico Hülkenberg
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 11th: Jean-Éric Vergne
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 2

  • 12th: Kevin Magnussen
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 2

  • 13th: Felipe Massa
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 3

  • 14th: Adrian Sutil
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3

  • 15th: Esteban Gutièrrez
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 16th: Max Chilton
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    1 LAP(s)

  • 17th: Marcus Ericsson
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    1 LAP(s)

  • 18th: Jules Bianchi
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +5 LAP(s)s

  • 19th: Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 4
    +6 LAP(s)s

  • 20th: Romain Grosjean
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 4
    +11 LAP(s)s

  • 21st: Pastor Maldonado
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 0
    +43 LAP(s)s

  • 22nd: Andre Lotterer
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 0
    +43 LAP(s)s


Race report

Daniel Ricciardo strengthened his outside chances of an unexpected late-season run at the championship by winning a dramatic Belgian GP after Mercedes' title-duelling drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finally came together on track – to the detrimental effect of the Briton's title chances.


It has taken 12 races, and several near misses and off-track flashpoints, but the kind of on-track tangle that most - including perhaps Mercedes' management themselves - had thought was an inevitable consequence of Rosberg and Hamilton's hitherto tense private title duel finally happened on the second lap of Sunday's action-packed Spa race.

Challenging Hamilton on the run to Les Combes having lost the lead into the first corner of the race, Rosberg attempted to go round the outside of the sister W05 at the right-hander, but as the Briton turned in to take the racing line the German only succeeded in slicing the team-mate's tyre.

As the puncture took hold of Hamilton's left-rear tyre the Briton was sent slewing wide at the next corner and forced, with shredding rubber, to crawl his way back to the pits for an emergency change of tyres as the pack streamed past him. Dropping to the back of the field, Hamilton, whose rear floor was also substantially damaged in the incident, didn't have the pace in the car to claw his way back up the order and after numerous requests to retire the damaged car to save the engine the frustrated 29-year-old was finally granted his wish in the closing laps – his third scoreless race of the year.

And while Rosberg didn't go on to win the race – the German requiring a front-wing change at his first stop after damaging the original part in the clash – his fightback to second place behind the impressive Ricciardo re-increased his championship advantage to a joint season-high of 29 points.

The recriminations are, however, only just beginning with Hamilton subsequently claiming that Rosberg "said he did it on purpose" in a post-race debrief at Mercedes.

For his part however, Red Bull's Ricciardo was only too happy to once more pick up the pieces from self-inflicted Mercedes trouble as the Australian secured the third win of his stunning season and second in a row either side of the summer break.

Passing World Champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel after the German ran wide early on at Pouhon, Ricciardo inherited the lead when Rosberg pitted for his change of front-wing and then brilliantly stopped once less time than the recovering Mercedes to potentially bring himself into play in the title fight. His deficit to Rosberg is 64 points, but with 50 up for grabs in November's bumper Abu Dhabi finale alone, F1's new star shouldn't be counted out yet.

The other shining non-Mercedes light of the season so far, Valtteri Bottas, delivered his fourth podium finish after beating four-times Spa winner Kimi Raikkonen to third place in the battle of Finland's young and old stars. Fourth place, though, still represented Raikkonen's best result of his underwhelming Ferrari return to date and the first time he has beaten team-mate Fernando Alonso on race day.

Ferrari's usual front-gunner had a particularly eventful race, meanwhile, which started on the formation lap when Alonso's mechanics were still on the grid beyond the 15-second warning signal - a transgression which earned the Spaniard a five-second time penalty which he served at his first pitstop.

Dropping down the order as a result, Alonso spent much of the race thereafter in an exciting battle with McLaren's Kevin Magnussen for fifth place - although neither man would actuall y end up in that position.

That honour eventually went to Vettel, the German three-stopping and finishing a mammoth 50 seconds behind Ricciardo, and although Magnussen finished ahead of team-mate Jenson Button and Alonso in sixth on the road, the Dane was later demoted to 12th by race stewards for forcing the latter on the grass down the Kemmel Straight with four laps to go.

As a result of the reshuffle, Button took sixth, Alonso seventh, Sergio Perez eighth and Daniil Kvyat ninth, while Nico Hulkenberg was promoted to the final points-paying position in the other Force India.


Qualification - Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, August 23rd 2014

1Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team2:05.591
2Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team+0.228s
3Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+2.126s
4Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+2.195s
5Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+2.320s
6Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+2.458s
7Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+3.088s
8Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+3.189s
9Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+3.587s
10Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+4.185s
11Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+3.786s
12Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+4.214s
13Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+4.493s
14Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+4.647s
15Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+5.496s
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team+6.879s
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+5.670s
18Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+5.676s
19Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team+6.975s
20Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+7.823s
21Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team+7.878s
22Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team+8.847s

Driver Standings

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team384
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team317
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing238
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing186
5Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing167
6Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari161
7Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing134
8Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes126
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team96
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team59
11Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes55
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari55
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso22
14Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team8
15Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso8
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team2
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team2
18Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team0
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team0
20Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team0
21Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team0
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team0
23Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team0
24Will StevensGBRCaterham F1 Team0

Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, August 24th 2014

1Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:24:36.556
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team03.383
3Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing28.032
4Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari36.815
5Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing52.196
6Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes54.580
7Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+1:01.162
8Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+1:04.293
9Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+1:05.347
10Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1:05.697
11Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+1:11.920
12Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+1:14.262
13Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+1:15.975
14Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+1:22.447
15Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+1:30.825
16Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team1 lap(s)
17Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team1 lap(s)
18Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team5 lap(s)
19Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team6 lap(s)
20Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team11 lap(s)
21Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team43 lap(s)
22Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team43 lap(s)