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Rosberg cuts gap on Hamilton


Rosberg cuts gap on Hamilton

     Nico Rosberg has won the Belgian Grand Prix, though team-mate Lewis Hamilton came from 21st place to finish third. It was therefore something of a double celebration for Mercedes drivers; Rosberg for winning and cutting the gap at the top of the drivers' championship with Hamilton pleased to have fought from the back of the grid. He was there due to a grid penalty for engine changes and will therefore have seen a podium finish as the height of his ambitions at Spa.

      Both Rosberg and Hamilton were beneficiaries of dramatic crashes on the circuit that left Renault's Kevin Magnussen needing hospital treatment while three of their main challengers made contact in Turn 1. That collision involved Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel and all three finished out of contention as a result, Vettel recovering best to finish sixth. Their troubles allowed Hamilton to come from the back, but Rosberg led the race from start to finish and was a comfortable winner with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo coming in second. The win pushes Rosberg to within nine points of Hamilton at the top of the drivers' championship with Ricciardo well back in third.

      Hamilton is 1/6 to win the drivers' title for the third year in a row while Rosberg is 4/1. After the race Rosberg congratulated his team-mate Hamilton for the podium finish and sympathised with home favourite Verstappen. He said: "It was a great weekend and I'm very happy with the result. I understand some of you (fans) are disappointed and you wanted Verstappen here but he is only young, his time will come. "Congratulation to Lewis. From last to third must have been pretty impressive. It is great to get the win, it is a legendary track. Lewis starting at the back made it a lot easier and I'm sure he will back at Monza."

      That race at Monza, the Italian Grand Prix, is next weekend. Rosberg is 7/4 to win in Italy with Hamilton at 10/11.

 

 

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