Nico Rosberg rekindled his bid for the drivers’ world championship by steering his Mercedes to a convincing victory in Sunday’s chaotic crash-hit Belgian Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton fought back to finish third.
Rosberg’s delight was reduced by his Mercedes team-mate Hamilton’s damage-limiting and thrilling drive to finish on the podium after starting from the back row of the grid.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished second in his Red Bull.
The 31-year-old Rosberg, who started from his third successive pole position, led from start to finish in a 44-laps race fractured by accidents and incidents to secure his first victory in Belgium and his sixth of the season.
Hamilton, who started 21st after being handed 60 grid position penalties for taking three new power-units through the weekend, remains narrowly ahead of Rosberg in the title race with 232 points to his 223.
German Nico Hulkenberg finished fourth ahead of his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez, as the Silverstone-based team overhauled rivals Williams in the constructors’ championship.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari recovered from a first-corner collision with his own team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to take sixth ahead of Fernando Alonso, who had started 22nd on the grid.
The race was halted in the early stages when Dane Kevin Magnussen crashed heavily, but he limped away from his wrecked Renault car with only a damaged ankle.
Force India move up to fourth
Force India overtook Williams for fourth position in the team standings after Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez bagged 22 points by finishing fourth and fifth in the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix here on Sunday.
Hulkenberg had set the seventh fastest time in qualifying while Perez was sixth fastest on Saturday. The bagful of points have given Force India momentum in their bid finish fourth this season. Prior to the race, Williams had 96 points to Force India’s 81.
With Sunday’s strong result, the Silverstone squad has 103 points after Bottas and Massa finished eighth and 10th respectively.