The always smiling Australian takes his 3rd win of the season in Spa, after having a consistent race, capitalizing on other people’s mistakes and a good strategy, from fifth in the grid.
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was second, in what was a difficult afternoon for the German team, seeing their drivers contact in the first few laps, resulting in front wing damage for Rosberg and a puncture that ruined Lewis Hamilton’s race, who had a much better start and was leading the race from his team mate at the time.
Sebastian Vettel was in the scrap for the first places until he made a mistake in which he saw himself overtaken by his team mate.
Valteri Bottas was third in the podium for Williams, after taking the spot from fellow Finn Raikkonen, who ran his best race of the season. Having started eighth, he drove his Ferrari brilliantly, with a solid strategy. The other red car had a more difficult afternoon right from the start: the mechanics were not fast enough to leave the circuit and Alonso incurred a 5 second stop/go penalty in the process. He would finish 8th, after a last minute scrap where places from 5th to 8th were being disputed between both McLarens, Vettel, and himself.
Magnussen was the better driver for McLaren this afternoon, although Button gained the most positions from his starting spot.
Andre Lotterer didn’t have an afternoon to remember for his first Grand Prix. After a good qualifying result where he beat his more experienced team mate (in F1), he had to retire with only a couple laps in his belt, after having a solid start.