Live Phuket The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News World Sport
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World  | Surf Report  | Predictions XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Rosberg wins in Belgium after Hamilton’s Herculean fightback

FORMULA ONE: When exiting Eau Rouge and cresting Raidillon a Formula One car is travelling at approximately 310 kilometres per hour, but Kevin Magnussen was unlikely to be considering the numbers as he lost control of his car.


Michael Lamonato

Tuesday 30 August 2016, 11:46AM


Nico Rosberg pictured crossing the finish line first at the Belgian Grand Prix. Photo: John Thys/AFP
Nico Rosberg pictured crossing the finish line first at the Belgian Grand Prix. Photo: John Thys/AFP

As the Dane’s Renault slid off the track at one of motorsport’s most famous corners, his body attempted to brace for the violence of the 12.5G impact.

When the car finally came to rest in a tyre barrier, Magnussen stepped gingerly from the cockpit unaided. He was sore, but his injuries extended only to a small cut on his left ankle.

As race control red-flagged the grand prix to repair the track, the sport sighed with relief – the crashed Renault had been only the punctuation to the chaotic opening laps of the Belgian Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg led confidently from pole knowing his teammate Lewis Hamilton would be starting from the back row of the grid as punishment for installing three new engines in a single weekend, but between the two bookending Mercedes the field unravelled.

Max Verstappen, attempting to recover from a slow start, lit the fuse by diving down the inside of Kimi Räikkönen at the first turn.

Sebastian Vettel, sensing opportunity, swept around the outside of both of them, but all three cars clumsily collided on the apex. Vettel spun and ended up at the back of the grid, Räikkönen and Verstappen returned to the pits for repairs.

The field bottlenecked. Scrambling for position, Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein rear-ended Jenson Button’s McLaren, eliminating both cars from the race.

Carlos Sainz suffered a catastrophic tyre failure shortly afterwards, and as he attempted to return to the pits his car’s rear end collapsed, leaving him stranded and out of the race.

Even Sauber wasn’t saved from the mess; it was forced to retire Marcus Ericsson’s car with a gearbox problem.

By the time Magnussen crashed on lap six, race direction had had enough – after a short time behind the safety car the race was stopped for almost 20 minutes for track repairs, giving everyone a chance to catch their breath.

MY STORAGE - Secure, Clean and Cost Effective Self Storage at Jungceylon, Phuket, Thailand

As they did so, realisation dawned that Hamilton, after starting from P21, was sitting pretty in fifth and raring to contest for an unlikely victory.

Rosberg, who had been expecting a straightforward cruise to an unchallenged victory, pinned his hopes on a two-stop race using the slower but more enduring medium tyre.

Hamilton, true to his aggressive nature, chose a three-stop strategy that leant heavily on the faster and more delicate soft compound rubber.

An audacious lunge at the top step of the podium would have seemed fitting after the bizarre opening stint of the race, but wins at Spa-Francorchamps are never so straightforward.

As the unusually warm Belgian sun beat down on the track, Hamilton found his tyres were expiring faster than he’d hoped, and as Daniel Ricciardo did his best to keep the Mercedes behind him, Hamilton found he had little choice but to settle for a nonetheless impressive third.

But one would have been forgiven for thinking the Mercedes drivers had switched cars – on the podium it was Hamilton who was happiest, in contrast with Rosberg’s half-smile.

The German knew that the Belgian Grand Prix had been his chance to win back the title lead while Hamilton struggled through the midfield and reassert himself in the championship equation. Instead, Hamilton lost only 10 points to maintain a nine-point lead.

By the end of the frenetic race the championship picture remained barley changed – and with Hamilton’s penalties now served, the Briton has his fourth title come November firmly in his sights.

Don’t forget to tune in to Live89.5 each and every Saturday from 9am to hear box of neutrals talk F1 and a whole lot more.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Move to unite ATMs gains momentum

Not such good news. I never pay fees on my debit card by using my bank's ATMs, but I assume everyone will be charged a fee on the new system...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: The Bangla ballet

A great article, as a tool for NACC to investigate and bite their teeth in it. Yes? Guess, just a hope. They not have the power and guts to do it. J...(Read More)


Six Thais, foreigner arrested in Phuket for possession of drugs, guns and ammunition

Eagle, obviously a thai person, feels fine with that many times sue culture, refuse to understand that we not have to sue. Anyone here who can educat...(Read More)


Krabi coal-fired power plant gets go-ahead

Thailand, yes, really can learn and adept energy wise from countries more far in energy matters. Look at Scandinavian countries, Germany, The Netherl...(Read More)


Phuket police seize 1,300 meth pills on bus from Malaysian border

Kurt,Mr.Superbrain the bus never entered Thailand as Sungai Kolok lays inside Thailand....(Read More)


Phuket to launch 3R project on solid waste

Turn trash into treasure! Encourage thai people to reuse, recycle and upcycle waste....(Read More)


Phuket police seize 1,300 meth pills on bus from Malaysian border

And why was this seize not done at the border with Malaysia when the car entered Thailand? Any thai authority at the border crossing has to answer fo...(Read More)


Police arrest Krabi power plant protest leaders

Unbelieveble that people protesting againt the coal electricity plant ( krabi area) get arrested. Is protest not a democratic right in Thailand? As...(Read More)


Police arrest Krabi power plant protest leaders

SAD state of affairs... a government taking backwards steps for energy, and silencing the few people with enough balls and conviction to speak out aga...(Read More)


Six Thais, foreigner arrested in Phuket for possession of drugs, guns and ammunition

The streets of Phuket will be much safer now that Mr Axel Vanlang Nhove and his marijuana totalling 7.69g have been apprehended....(Read More)

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.