Formula 1 season continued after a month-long summer break and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg is back into title race after yesterday’s victory in Belgium. After winning the pole position and driving entire race at the front from the start to the victory Rosberg has cut the gap behind leader to nine points. However, his win at Spa-Francorchamps hasn’t also brought him the first place in Driver’s Championship because of masterfully driven race by his teammate and Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton.
Rarely in his career was the third place a reason for celebration for Lewis Hamilton. Starting from the last row of the grid due to several penalties for power unit changes, and with a car that was not performing as expected this weekend, Hamilton anticipated his championship lead ahead of Rosberg to be wiped out at Belgium Grand Prix. Instead, he drove a careful race, using the red flag and safety cars to stage a comeback and take 15 precious points, which kept his lead in the championship. The third place at Spa behind Rosberg and Ricciardo had the taste of victory for Hamilton. After fighting through a number of mechanical problems in the first half of the season, Hamilton still leads the Drivers’ Championship by nine points.
Over 20,000 fans arrived from neighboring Netherlands to watch their young hero, 18-year-old Max Verstappen in Red Bull as he tried to fight his way through the entire weekend. He upped the frenzy among fans on Saturday by taking second starting position and becoming the youngest driver ever to start from the first row. However, after a slow start, Verstappen aggressively tried to cut on the inside of both Ferraris at Turn 1. He came out in front of them but made contact in which his own car was damaged and forced the Ferraris to collide – all three had to pit for repairs. In laps 12 and 13, we saw a real racing duel between Verstappen and Raikkonen. At first, the “Iceman” was pushed off the track as he tried to pass young Dutchman and after Raikkonen tried another pass in the next lap Verstappen pulled one of his aggressive moves and forced Raikkonen to brake on the straight. The Fin was not happy at all and the TV viewers had to witness his outburst on the team radio. Verstappen’s aggressive style of driving will be a theme for a debate among the Formula 1 fans. His team will, also debate Verstappen’s performance at Spa. After starting from the second, he finished 11th and brought no points to Red Bull.
FORCE INDIA HEROES’
The little heroes of crazy Belgium Grand Prix were the drivers of Force India team who had two drivers in the top five for the first time since Bahrain 2014 and have now jumped ahead of more famous Williams in the Constructors’ Championship. Nico Hulkenberg who finished fourth and Sergio Perez one place behind him grabbed the chance that opened up by Ferrari’s first-corner accident. This result could be worth a lot to Force India when award money is divided at the end of the season.