Rosberg eases to victory in chaotic Belgian GP

Sun Aug 28, 2016 1:18pm EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

German Nico Rosberg steered clear of the chaos unfolding behind him and cruised to an unchallenged win in a disrupted Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.

His Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton, the world championship leader, finished third from the back row of the grid, behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Rosberg started on pole and kept the lead after his main rivals, fellow front-row starter Max Verstappen and the Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel, collided at the first corner.

That allowed Rosberg to run away at the front and he crossed the line 14.1 seconds ahead of Ricciardo.

The race was briefly halted with nine of the 44 laps completed after a massive crash for Kevin Magnussen, who lost control of his Renault as he crested the fearsome Eau Rouge.

The Dane, who was taken to hospital for routine checks after suffering a cut to his left ankle, slammed violently into the barriers, prompting officials to first deploy the safety car and then the red flag as marshals worked to repair the damage. “In general, yes, I had everything under control,” Rosberg told reporters.

“I just had an awesome car and Lewis wasn’t there to battle it out, which made it a less difficult weekend.”

Sunday’s win was the 20th of the Rosberg’s career and sixth of the season.   Continued...

Belgium Formula One - F1 - Belgian Grand Prix 2016 - Francorchamps, Belgium - 28/8/16 - Mercedes' Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates on the podium after the Belgian F1 Grand Prix.  REUTERS/Yves Herman