The German pilot was capable to achieve his first victory in Belgium at the end of a perfect week-end. Sometimes everything is going wrong while sometimes everything is fine. This time, Nico Rosberg was paid back to balance that black week-end in Hockenheim obtaining a perfect victory in SPA-Francochamps. His first victory in Belgium, it is as well as his twentieth as Mercedes driver.
A perfect start allowed him to turn the first corner before everybody, while behind the first round was going on among the Ferraris and Max Verstappen. Everything was perfect until Hamilton started an incredible recovery finishing third after a start from the 21 position on the pit-lane. At the end, Rosberg was quite happy and ready for the next race:
It is a special day. It is very nice to win on this incredible track but having Lewis forced to start so behind, it made anything more comfortable. During next race in Monza, we will start once again the battle. We were in a great position along the entire week-end. It was perfect! There is no comment to make, our car was really fast and I am very happy about everything
One man not very sure to be on the podium(like anybody to be frank), it is Hamilton.His recovery, it was so good that this third place allowed him to lead the final list and to have 9 points of advantage on the second place:
Yes, I am pretty satisfied. After start I wanted just to avoid any collision or damage but once there was no traffic, I noticed the car was very fast and I was able to recover positions quite easily. I am happy but today Rosberg was in a better situation
Another one, very happy about this race it is our Daniel. A second place and a nice position on the podium gave him a big smile. Mark Webber decided to celebrate this result with a nice Shoey. This is the Australian tradition to drink a toast from a shoe, it is actually an old German tradition introduced in Australia from some immigrants. It is a pity that shoe was not his own, like this tradition asks to do but it was funny to see Ricciardo’s shoe, used to perform a GP, like a disposable paper cup: It might be the sweat gave a pleasant-tasting to the champagne.