Hamilton retires from Belgian GP

Cordon Press

LEWIS HAMILTON retired from the Belgian Grand Prix with five laps remaining having suffered a puncture on just the second lap of the race in a clash with his Mercedes team mate, Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg suffered damage to his front wing in the incident, but managed to get it repaired and then fight his way back up the places to take second.

Hamilton, on the other hand, rejoined the race in last position after the incident and, with a huge gap to make up to the rest of the field, was eventually called in by his race management team with five laps to go.

Rosberg was booed as he took to the podium, presumably as a result of the incident with Hamilton on lap two, but the crowd’s obvious displeasure will have little effect on the German driver as he increases his World Champìonship lead over Hamilton to 29 points.

The race was won by Daniel Riccardo driving for the Red Bull team, with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas finishing in third place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari in fourth.

 

RACE RESULT

1st – Danial Riccardo (Red Bull)
2nd – Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
3rd – Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
4th – Kim Raikkonen (Ferrari)
5th – Sebastien Vettel (Red Bull)
6th – Kevin Magnussen (McLaren)
7th – Jenson Button (McLaren)
8th – Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
9th – Sergio Perez (force India)
10th – Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
11th – Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)
12th – Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
13th – Felipe Massa (Williams)
14th – Adrian Sutil (Sauber)
15th – Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber)
16th – Max Chilton (Marussia)
17th – Marcus Ericsson (Caterham)
18th – Jules Bianchi (Marussia)
19th – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
20th – Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
21st – Pastor Maldonado (Lotus)
22nd – Andre Lotterer (Caterham)
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