Post Race Analysis - Belgian Grand Prix

This is an open discussion, summary, and statistics listing following the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Obvious spoilers below...

The race began with Nico on pole, Lewis alongside, and the two Red Bulls in close observation from the row behind. Lewis got off to a great start, taking Nico into turn 1, as did Vettel who split the Mercedes W05s.

Rosberg eventually got around the 4-time champion, now setting his sights on his teammate. The battle unfolded at Le Combes, Nico gaining on the back straight and planning to overtake Lewis and regain his grid position.

What happened next has turned into quite the scandal. Some say it was just a racing incident, but others, including the Mercedes AMG team boss Toro Wolff, are blaming Nico wholly.

Nico Rosberg aims to take his teammate's W05 into Les Combes, Lewis keeping an eye and leaving room for Nico. They get through the first corner unscathed, but Nico then clips Lewis' left rear into the second corner, deflating the Brit's tire to the point of crippling home and ripping Nico's own front wing endplate off.

See for yourself:

This incident allowed the field to close up on the usual Mercedes lead.

Whatever your take on the incident, fault of Nico's or racing incident, it is no doubt is a great spectacle for Rosberg and a harrowing toll on Lewis' aim for his second world drivers' championship.

That incident set up the rest of the race to be a blood battle for the podium and potential victory that would undoubtedly be close to escape from the Mercedes clutches.

Daniel Ricciardo began his trek through to the front, overtaking his sideways teammate, Sebastian Vettel, and the ailing W05 of Nico Rosberg in the process.

Lewis Hamilton got his W05 back to the pits relatively safely, but was not seen again the points paying positions and ultimately decided to retire the car.

Post Race Analysis - Belgian Grand Prix

The laps winded away, but a battle was brewing for the finish between Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg, the latter who had gotten his W05 back onto fresh softer tires with around 10 laps to go.

The delta between the Aussie and the German wound down from 20 odd seconds with ten laps to go, to 10 odd seconds with 5 laps to go. The race looked as though it would turn into a nail-bitter for the last lap, perhaps even the last corner, but alas Nico's tires did not average him the over 2 seconds a lap advantage he needed to pull off a win, and Daniel Ricciardo drove his RB10 to a brilliant victory, safe from Nico by 3.3 seconds.

Unfortunately I can't get to every pass or recount every corner, so I'll leave that in your safe hands. What great stories did you see play themselves out at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend?

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Post Race Analysis - Belgian Grand Prix


2014 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix

Position Constructor Driver Time/Gap Grid
1. Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo 1:24:36.556 5
2. Mercedes Nico Rosberg +3.3 secs 1
3. Williams Valtteri Bottas +28.0 secs 6
4. Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen +36.8 secs 8
5. Red Bull Sebastian Vettel +52.1 secs 3
6. McLaren Kevin Magnussen +54.2 secs 7
7. McLaren Jenson Button +54.5 secs 10
8. Ferrari Feranando Alonso +61.1 secs 4
9. Force India Sergio Perez +64.2 secs 13
10. Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat +65.3 secs 11
11. Force India Nico Hulkenberg +65.6 secs 18
12. Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne +71.9 secs 12
13. Williams Felipe Massa +75.9 secs 9
14. Sauber Adrian Sutil +82.4 secs 14
15. Sauber Esteben Gutierrez +90.8 secs 20
16. Marussia Max Chilton +1 Lap 19
17. Caterham Marcus Ericsson +1 Lap 22
18. Marussia Jules Bianchi +5 Laps 16
19. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Retired Lap 38 2
20. Lotus Romain Grosjean Retired Lap 33 15
21. Lotus Pastor Maldonado Retired Lap 1 17
22. Caterham Andre Lotterer Retired Lap 1 21

Post Race Analysis - Belgian Grand Prix


Drivers' Championship Standings

Postion Driver Nationality Constructor Points
1. Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 220
2. Lewis Hamilton British Mercedes 191
3. Daniel Ricciardo Australian Red Bull 156
4. Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 119
5. Valtteri Bottas Finnish Williams 110
6. Sebastian Vettel German Red Bull 98
7. Nico Hulkenberg German Force India 69
8. Jenson Button British McLaren 66
9. Kevin Magnussen Danish McLaren 45
10. Felipe Massa Brazilian Williams 40
11. Kimi Raikkonen Finnish Ferrari 39
12. Sergio Perez Mexican Force India 31
13. Jean-Eric Vergne French Toro Rosso 11
14. Romain Grosjean French Lotus 8
15. Daniil Kvyat Russian Toro Rosso 7
16. Jules Bianchi French Marussia 2
17. Adrian Sutil German Sauber 0
18. Marcus Ericsson Swedish Caterham 0
19. Pastor Maldonado Lotus Venezuelan 0
20. Esteban Gutierrez Mexican Sauber 0
21. Max Chilton British Marussia 0
22. Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Caterham 0
23. Andre Lotterer German Caterham 0

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Constructors' Championship Standings

Postion Constructor Points
1. Mercedes 411
2. Red Bull 254
3. Ferrari 158
4. Williams 150
5. McLaren 111
6. Force India 100
7. Toro Rosso 18
8. Lotus 8
9. Marussia 2
10. Sauber 0
11. Caterham 0

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