Belgian Grand Prix as it happened

Text and video highlights of the Belgian GP, where Daniel Ricciardo wins and Lewis Hamilton retires after early contact with Nico Rosberg.

24 August 2014 Last updated at 10:59 GMT

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  1. 16:30: 

    And with that it is time to bring this live text commentary from a dramatic and controversial race to a close. Nico Rosberg has stretched his advantage at the top of the drivers' championship to 29 points but his early clash with Lewis Hamilton effectively poured cold water on the latter's challenge for victory.

    Will Hamilton be able to keep his cool when they return to the circuit at Monza in a fortnight? We will be back then for more live text commentary on what promises to be another intriguing chapter in the Hamilton-Rosberg battle.

    Until then, goodbye.

  2. 16:28: 
    ice bucket

    There have been plenty of drivers and team personnel stepping up to the ice bucket challenge, so it is only right the BBC F1 team do likewise, right? A great way to sign off the forum as the team get soaked.

  3. 16:25: 

    Bad news for Kevin Magnussen as he has been given a 20 second time penalty as well as two penalty points after stewards investigated the incident with himself and Fernando Alonso late in the race, when the latter ended up on the grass.

    Magnussen is now classified 12th, with Nico Hulkenberg benefitting with the final point for 10th.

  4.  
    Red Bull

    Red Bull Racing: Today's win was the Team's 50th F1 victory!

  5. 16:19: 
    FAST FACTS
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Fourth for Kimi Raikkonen is his best result since finishing second in Korea last year.

    With Fernando Alonso finishing eighth, this marks the first time this year that Raikkonen has beaten his Ferrari team-mate in a race.

  6. 16:18: 
    Driver reaction

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who finished fourth: "It would have been nicer to finish higher up but it's disappointing. They wanted me at the front to push for a win but I finished fourth. We have a pretty good speed in the race but when we are starting at the back after qualifying it's going to be tough."

  7. 16:17: 
    FAST FACTS

    Daniel Ricciardo has his third win in six races, without qualifying in the top three in any of them.

    His three wins this season is just one less than championship leader Nico Rosberg has achieved.

  8. 16:16: 
    Ricciardo on podium

    While there may be a few awkward silences and angry stares exchanged in the Mercedes motorhome, further along the paddock at Red Bull there will be plenty of happy faces.

    Daniel Ricciardo's win marks another successful visit to Spa, following Sebastian Vettel's win 12 months ago.

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    Andrew Robb: Why no investigation by race stewards? Yet back of the pack drivers are investigated for similar offences.

    John Barraclough: Here is an out there idea for Mercedes. Give Rosberg a one race ban, even it up. Both titles already in the bag, which driver.....

  10. 16:12:  
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator
    belgian gp

    "If you are a natural born winner, you are not worried about the consequences to any other driver. If you have two guys in the same team really fighting for it, this is where you see their fighting ability.

    "It makes it awkward for the team, but we have had a racing incident. Nico looks like the bad guy because he could have moved out of the way but doesn't this set us up for a great finish to the season?

    "If Lewis goes and gets a double points win we will be saying it is the best championship ever."

  11. 16:10: 

    Is Lewis Hamilton showing signs of conceding the championship to Nico Rosberg? It is getting increasingly tough for him, but it makes double points for the final race at Abu Dhabi a welcome addition as it should keep this title battle fight alive until the season finale.

  12. 16:03:  
    Allan McNish, BBC Radio 5 live analyst
    Nico Rosberg

    "Whose fault was it is? There was an element of a racing incident, but my question would be why were they needing to race so hard and so aggressively at the beginning of a race Mercedes undoubtedly should have won?

    "It is hard for Mercedes because they don't want to get involved in the championship but they need to have an element of control. This was a race Mercedes lost."

  13. 15:56:  
    Eddie Jordan, BBC F1 chief analyst

    "I think the management of the Mercedes team has been weak. They are the number one so they should have taken control. Like a child who has been naughty, they have to chastise the drivers, they have to tell them what is right and wrong. You do not attack each other in the first two laps, 25 points have been lost today by that team by not taking control of the team."

  14. 15:54: 
    Video
    Daniel Ricciardo

    Want to see an angry Toto Wolff give his view on the on-track clash between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton? Or Hamilton's thoughts on the incident? The video of Wolff's interview is available here, with Hamilton's interview here.

  15. 15:50:  
    Ben Edwards, BBC F1 commentator

    "What a race. I have just been looking through tweets and comments and interestingly a lot of experienced racing drivers are saying it was just a racing incident with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Clearly Mercedes are very much putting the blame on Rosberg's shoulders. This one will play and play."

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    Jason Richards: If Nico R believes it was his race to win, why put himself 3rd into first corner....

    Steve Morrell: Why is it OK to fight at the end of the race and not the start? At least at the start of the race teams have time to recover.

    Gary Price: Nico it's the British media and fans who have it in for him and booing him and Toto says it wasn't his fault. What planet is Nico on?

  17. 15:46: 
    Driver reaction

    More from Nico Rosberg, about whether he has spoken to Lewis Hamilton: "No not yet but I am sure we will sit down and have a discussion.

    "There's always the British media who is always going to be on the other side and the German media will be on my side. We are here to entertain and give all of you at home a great time but not in the way we did today but I do not feel I am being made to be the bad guy.

    "I just have to wait and see and have a discussion and I will also give my opinion. For sure I regret that we touched because it cost me the win and it was unavoidable."

  18. 15:42: 
    Driver reaction

    Mercedes Nico Rosberg who finished second but was booed on the podium, following his collision with Lewis Hamilton on lap two: "First of all what I hear is that that Toto Wolff said it was unavoidable which doesn't put the blame on me and the fans that were booing me were the British fans.

    "Of course I am very unhappy for the team because we have the fastest car and we should have had first and second."

  19. 15:38: 

    Lee McKenzie has grabbed a word with Nico Rosberg, his thoughts on the clash with Lewis Hamilton coming up...

  20. 15:37: 
    FAST FACT
    Jack Brabham

    Daniel Ricciardo is the first Australian winner of the Belgian Grand Prix since Sir Jack Brabham won the race in 1960.

  21. 15:30: 
    Driver reaction

    Race winner Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull: "There was a bit of pressure, it probably looked a bit easier because I had the lead early on and I just kept it. We couldn't really rest though because I knew Nico Rosberg would be quick at the end but we held on and it was nice to taste the champagne again.

    "It couldn't have gone better considering everything that's happened, especially during pre season. It's been awesome and I have enjoyed every moment of it. Monza will be challenging but if Mercedes slip up then we will be there to capitalise."

  22. 15:25: 
    FAST FACT
    Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo on podium

    Nico Rosberg's second place at the Belgian Grand Prix was his first podium at Spa in eight visits.

  23. 15:23: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Unsurprisingly a lot of interest in the thoughts of Nico Rosberg. He would not talk about the incident between himself and Lewis Hamilton at the podium interviews, but will he say more to the general media? Hopefully we will have his thoughts soon.

  24. 15:20: 
    Driver reaction

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who finished fifth: Disappointed because we didn't have the speed today. I was trying to put Lewis under pressure from the off, we were set up for straight lines but the tyres were colder than expected. Lap two was good to see the two Mercedes hit each other and give us a chance but I just didn't have the pace."

  25. 15:17:  
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Lewis Hamilton is not scared to say what he is thinking. I am really happy Mercedes are allowing their drivers to talk and say what they think. In the long run that will win through for Mercedes in terms of popularity with the public.

    "Clearly, Nico made an error of judgement today in a racing incident and that cost Lewis unfortunately."

  26. 15:14:  
    Eddie Jordan, BBC F1 chief analyst

    "Lewis Hamilton talks about the team being wishy-washy, I have alluded to that already. He says Nico's car does not break down as much as his, that in my view is another shot over the bows at the team. He obviously has a message in there, he wanted that message delivered and I think that message is critical to the team and the way the car is run.

    "If I was Lewis and felt as strong as he just said, those things have to come into your mind. I am not saying he should take out somebody but it has happened in the past.

    "Lewis needs a good nights sleep. It is far from over. I am a big believer in him. In my opinion, Nico knew that if he lost the first corner to Lewis, he was gone."

  27.  
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    Reece Young: Two people I wouldn't want to upset are Lauda and Toto. Rosberg should be punished hard by the team and I hope they do. #bbcf1

    Wendy Pankhurst: A very resigned Lewis Hamilton, honest, intelligent not hot headed. Still a racer. #bbcf1

  28. 15:12: 

    More from Lewis Hamilton, speaking about the gap between himself and Nico Rosberg in the drivers' championship: "It's not good, that is 30 points again now and, it took me a long time to catch that before but I know things can change. But if you notice Rosberg's car rarely stops. it's looking good for him this season now.

    "There's a lot of things going on in my mind, maybe it is just not my year but I can't let that overtake anything, but we have a great car and a great team and I will keep on fighting.

    "Who knows if some fortune will come my way but I will give it a go. It reminds me of when I was at school, the teachers will say something but they won't do anything. The stewards didn't do anything and I am now 30 points behind so I am just going to have push like hell."

  29. 15:11: 
    Driver reaction

    Lewis Hamilton, who was hit by team mate Nico Rosberg on the second lap: "Firstly i want to say, when I was doing the drivers parade the support was amazing so I am gutted I wasn't able to give them something to cheer about.

    "What can I say? Initially it was really gutting I was driving so hard to try to get what I could get out of the car, it might not have looked that way but it was so damaged and I am just gutted for my team. The guys work so hard, I got a good start, it was looking good, I took the corner as I should because it was my line and I don't know why he hit me but i am sure he will leave here happy tonight.

    "I wouldn't say it was worse than Monaco because it couldn't get much worse than that."

  30. 15:10: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, speaking about Daniel Ricciardo's win: "This was supposed to be a damage limitation race. We have managed to find a balance and Daniel has managed to find a confidence in the car that has managed to produce a good lap time.

    "Ultimately we benefited from the Mercedes' little get together but in like-for-like pace we were not far off them today.

    "The incident between the two Mercedes was was two guys going for a world championship and going for the same piece of tarmac."

  31. 15:07:  
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "[Toto Wolff] is putting a mark in the sand. He's right it's unacceptable, but it's happened and its inevitable Nico was fully charging. He hasn't been in a wheel-to-wheel fight and it was a little bit clumsy. It was disappointing to hear boos, but fans wear their hearts on their sleeves.

    "The points deficit you can't do anything about that. They can reprimand Nico in the team debrief - with what Toto Wolff is saying they are doing it even before they sit everyone down."

  32. 15:01: 
    Drivers championship

    Lewis Hamilton will probably not want to give the drivers' championship standings a look for a little while. His retirement, and Nico Rosberg's second-place finish, means Hamilton trails his Mercedes team-mate by 29 points.

    As Eddie Jordan suggests, one more big error and you have to think the title will be beyond Hamilton.

  33.  
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    John E Blyth: Let's not forget the great victory by Ricciardo today while everyone gets caught up in the Mercedes circus? #bbcf1

    Marc: Bit shocked about how open Mercedes are being with placing blame on Rosberg...?! #bbcf1

    Nick Bennetts: People are taking this Rosberg/Hamilton incident too seriously when it was, in my opinion, a racing accident #bbcf1

  34. 14:58: 
    Nikki Lauda

    Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, on the on-track clash between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg: "Very simple it is unacceptable that in the second lap Nico hit Lewis, completely unacceptable.

    "There is going to be a meeting at 16.45 but it is unacceptable. If these things happen at the end of the race, when they are fighting for the win then you discuss it but in the second lap to hand the victory to Red Bull.

    "I thought they were clever enough to know that but obviously they aren't."

  35. 14:58:  
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter
    Lewis Hamilton

    "Looking forward to hear what Lewis Hamilton has to say."

  36. 14:56:  
    Eddie Jordan, BBC F1 chief analyst

    "This result means added pressure for Lewis and it will not help in their relationship. It means war. A war situation has been possibly declared today. Nico has the upper hand beyond any doubt. I am sure Lewis will come back but he has been fighting an upwards battle all the time and if another error comes up, the championship will go."

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    James Rowe: Oh dear! Toto Wolff very angry and openly blaming Nico, very surprised to hear that! #bbcf1

    Chris: Podium booing not good, doesn't help anyone. Pleased for Daniel, impossible not to like him. #bbcf1

    Abu Ali: Damn Tito Wolf looks angry.....Rosberg better avoid him for as long as possible!!

  38. 14:55:  
    Eddie Jordan, BBC F1 chief analyst

    "That for me is a boardroom decision, it should never happened, don't blame the drivers. You can't just let people go and do what they want to do. The team has suffered here. What they did is stupid. They are allowing the emotions of the driver in the heat of the moment to take over.

    "The team are looking for other people to blame and they have to blame themselves."

  39. 14:54: 

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas, who took third place on the podium, speaking to BBC Sports Eddie Jordan: "The team has been doing a very good job, we are certainly going it the right way. We are still chasing for the higher step but for this season we are going the right way. I think this season it's going to be tough, we need to be lucky because Mercedes are very quick and on a track like this so were Red Bull. There is still work to do but we are going the right way."

  40. 14:51: 
    Mercedes

    Strong words from Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff, who tells BBC Sport: "Absolutely unacceptable. Lap number two of a long race and a crash between two team-mates, we have often discussed the situation and it happened today. You don't try to overtake with the knife between your teeth in lap number two and damage both cars.

    "This is a decisive moment in the battle between the two of them and for the team. Lewis is very upset, we kept him out there for a long time with a damaged car. He will recover quickly. It is going to be handled."

  41. 14:52: 
    Driver reaction

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who finished second, speaking to BBC Sport's Eddie Jordan: "I got a good run on Lewis and tried to go round the outside and we just touched in the end unfortunately and it hurt both of our races, but that's just how it goes. I have not seen it yet so it wouldn't be good of me to comment on it, I will have a look at it and then speak about it.

    "I was pretty confident [we could get a one-two] we had good race speed but unfortunately it didn't work out for us today."

  42. 14:50: 
    Daniel Ricciardo

    Race winner Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo speaking to BBC Sport's Eddie Jordan: "I think back home there is a huge following for F1 but this is almost as many Aussie flags as there was in Melbourne so thanks so much. It is a bit different when you lead the race for that long, it's more about composure and trying to keep steady. Once Nico went in I knew he would be quick at the end so I had to keep my pace u to stay ahead of him.

    "When you are leading the first thing is you hope everything holds together, mechanically you hope everything gets you to the finish line but certainly when you are in the lead the chequered flag can't come soon enough."

  43.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "We want these guys to have a go, Mercedes are allowing them to have a go so it's good that the stewards allowed it to go. It will be interesting now to see how Mercedes manage it. I just get the feeling that Nico had got himself wound up to show Lewis Hamilton that he can go wheel to wheel with him."

  44.   
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Mercedes drivers were told this year they could race as long as they didn't collide. It was inevitable they would. Now they have, now what?"

  45. 14:44: 
    belgian gp

    Nico Rosberg is very much the pantomime villain as boos once again are heard when Eddie Jordan approaches for the podium interviews. A bit of a grimace from Rosberg as the mic is handed to him.

  46.   
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "There's going to be some ramifications at Mercedes after that one, that's for sure. Another great win by Ricciardo."

  47.  
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    Shohidur Rahman: You can't hate on Ricciardo. Three race wins in his debut season for Red Bull. Guaranteed future world champion no doubt. #bbcf1

    James: Ricciardo is the real star of this F1 season. Rosberg's eventual hollow world title is not going to match what RIC has achieved. #bbcf1

    Stephen Mitchell: What an end to the race, Vettel, Magnussen, Button and Alonso who lost out in the mid field battle which pleases me a lot. #bbcf1

  48. 14:39: 

    Oh to be a fly on the wall at the Mercedes debrief later. A great win for Daniel Ricciardo, but the on circuit clash between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly the main talking point today.

  49.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It is an amazing result. Red Bull came here with a very different plan, they were hoping that they could get the fast enough on the straight to win the race and they did."

  50. 14:36: 

    Beaming smile on Daniel Ricciardo as he makes his way on to the podium but boos ring out as Nico Rosberg walks out. Some of the crowd evidently not happy with events on the circuit involving himself and Lewis Hamilton today.

  51. 14:35: 
    RACE RESULT

    1) Ricciardo 2) Rosberg 3) Bottas 4) Raikkonen 5) Vettel 6) Magnussen 7) Button 8) Alonso 9) Perez 10) Kvyat

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Vergne 13) Massa 14) Sutil 15) Gutierrez 16) Chilton 17) Ericcson

    Retired: Bianchi, Hamilton, Grosjean, Maldonado, Lotterer

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    Shohidur Rahman: The championship race is over for me. 29 points is too much to catch up considering how strong Rosberg's car is. #bbcf1

    Kris Middleton: Lewis Hamilton went so far down in my estimations today. What professional driver asks to quit because he's fed up? #bbcf1

  53.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That was a fantastic performance by Ricciardo. He has taken every opportunity that has been given to him. He has led in three races and he has won all three."

  54. 14:31: 

    Nico Rosberg runs out of laps as Daniel Ricciardo crosses the line to take his second successive victory, 3.3 seconds separating the two. Rosberg finishes second with Valtteri Bottas third.

  55. 14:31: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG

    RED BULL'S DANIEL RICCIARDO WINS THE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

  56. 14:30: 
    LAST LAP

    Nico Rosberg continues to close in on Daniel Ricciardo but it looks like it won't be enough...

  57. 14:27: 
    LAP 43

    Fernando Alonso tries to get round the outside of Kevin Magnussen at Rivage but runs wide on to the grass and Sebastian Vettel benefits, moving into fifth. Racing stewards later report the incident between Alonso and Magnussen is going to be investigated. Just four seconds between Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg heading into the final lap...

  58.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Brilliant stuff, brilliant wheel to wheel action there. Great defensive driving from Magnussen but Button won't see it like that. But upfront I don't think Rosberg is doing enough to win this race, he is not cutting the lead quick enough."

  59. 14:27: 
    LAP 42
    belgian gp

    Lots of close-quarters battling as Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso twice trade places before Sebastian Vettel also gets in on the act to sweep past Button into seventh. There is also a battle at the back with Max Chilton fighting to get past Marcus Ericsson. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg continues to gain on Daniel Ricciardo, with the gap eight seconds, but will there be enough laps?

  60.  
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    Andy H: how do you think that the penalty that Lewis got for the same issue in Singapore 2011 on Massa doesn't apply today for Rosberg?

    Lucy Babbington: Drivers shouldn't retire from the race unless there's a good reason - Hamilton just sounds like a sore loser.

    Chris Gilbert: I'd be pretty demoralised too if I'd been taken out of the race by my rival and he got no penalty, subsequently going on to a podium.

  61. 14:24: 
    LAP 41

    Jules Bianchi, who impressed in qualifying yesterday, is forced to retire with a gearbox problem, leaving 17 cars on the circuit for the final few laps.

  62. 14:23: 
    LAP 40

    Valtteri Bottas gets the better of his fellow Finn Kimi Rakkonen down the Kemmel Straight to move into third, while Nico Rosberg continues to eat into Daniel Ricciardo's lead, with 10 seconds separating them now.

  63.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    On Hamilton's retirement: "This gives the team a chance for them to get Lewis into the garage, have a word with him and talk things through before he speaks to the press. The management are all there waiting for him to have a wee word."

  64. 14:21: 
    LAP 39
    belgian gp

    Lewis Hamilton finally gets his wish as he is told to pit at the end of his lap to cool the car. He exits the race from 16th and can only watch on as his Mercedes' team-mate fights for the win. Nico Rosberg trails leader Daniel Ricciardo by 13 seconds with five laps remaining.

  65. 14:19: 
    LAP 38

    Valtteri Bottas is fighting hard for a place on the podium, with just half a second separating himself and Kimi Raikkonen in third.

  66. 14:18: 
    LAP 37

    Nico Rosberg is the fastest man on the circuit by far, clocking 1:51.338 and has left Kimi Raikkonen very much in his wake. Lewis Hamilton, well outside the points, is pleading to be brought in but his race engineer says the team are not concerned about the engine.

  67.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "It's a simple question for Red Bull, they are 19 seconds ahead so do they lose a few seconds per lap - they can afford to - or do they come in and change their tyres? Rosberg has just gone three seconds faster so it would seem that Ricciardo is going to stay out otherwise they could have to make do with second. I think we are watching a one stop race."

  68. 14:15: 
    LAP 36

    Nico Rosberg is looking hungry now with the fresh tyres on and he despatches of Valtteri Bottas with little trouble for third. Kimi Raikkonen is quickly in his sights and the German breezes past him. Now hunting down race leader Daniel Ricciardo. This is set up for a grandstand finish.

  69.  
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    Frederik Rasmussen: People can say what they want about Lewis Hamilton being too emotional etc but no doubt he is NOT getting the rub of the green!

    Kris Corssen: Think this season has proved that Vettel is an average driver, he just had an awesome car the last four years.

  70.  

    Mercedes: He's rolling the dice! Nico Rosberg pits for softs with 10 laps to go! Big call! It's flat out to the flag from here!

  71.  
    LAP 34

    Romain Grosjean's race comes to an end as he pits from 17th. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg heads back in to make the switch to soft tyres, resuming in fourth with 10 laps remaining.

  72.  
    Video
    mercedes cars

    Here's video of the moment, Rosberg hit Hamilton on Lap One

  73. 14:10: 
    LAP 33

    Sebastian Vettel is fifth with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas ahead of him. Vettel is asked if he thinks the tyres can last until the end of the race, to which he says: "It is difficult to tell, they don't feel great now."

  74.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Red Bull have put themselves in a tremendous position here today. They have excellent speed in the straight and for the first time they are really able to compete with Mercedes. They have a lack of downforce through the bends but Ricciardo is coping well and he is not the slowest out there."

  75. 14:06: 
    LAP 32
    BELGIAN GP

    Lewis Hamilton continues to plug away as he pits and takes on medium tyres, returning to the circuit in 16th place with Esteban Guttierez ahead of him. Daniel Ricciardo continues to lead the way, but Nico Rosberg is 3.6 seconds behind.

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    Adam James: How many more times are we going to see drivers gaining advantage by cynical and blatant cheating like Nico Rosberg? #bbcf1

    Stephen: The hand of fate is on Rosberg's side. Time to Crown him champion now. You can't fight fate. #bbcf1

    Stephen Mitchell: Riccardo is definitely a future F1 star, difficult season for Red Bull yet he has still out raced and our classed Vettel. #bbcf1

  77. 14:05: 
    LAP 30

    Valtteri Bottas is eying a move on fourth-place Sebastian Vettel. The Williams is the faster car and Bottas makes his pass down the outside of Vettel at Les Combes. Bottas' team-mate Felipe Massa is down in 12th, the collection of some debris in his Williams having hampered his running earlier in the race.

  78. 14:03: 
    LAP 29

    Valtteri Bottas pits from the lead and makes the change to medium tyres, rejoining the circuit in fifth. Daniel Ricciardo leads, with Nico Rosberg second and Kimi Raikkonen third.

  79.  
    Team radio

    Lewis Hamilton to his Mercedes engineer: "I have absolutely no downforce."

    Mercedes: "We hear you Lewis but you do have good pace and if there is a safety car it would put you back in there, we are not concerned about the engine so hang in there."

  80.  
    Team radio

    Nico Rosberg to his Mercedes team as he passed Alonso: "Just ask Charlie if that pass was ok."

  81. 14:01: 
    LAP 28

    Daniel Riccardio pits from the lead to swap to medium tyres and is back out in P2, with Valtteri Bottas elevated into the lead. Lewis Hamilton is evidently struggling to keep the motivation as he says over team radio: "I don't know how I am going to catch the guys in front". "If there's a safety car it's still all to play for - just keep plugging away," is the reply.

  82. 13:59: 
    LAP 26

    Lewis Hamilton is still down in 16th, with the gap between himself and 15th-placed Adrian Sutil 6.2 seconds. Fernando Alonso returns to the circuit in ninth on medium tyres as his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen passes Jenson Button into fourth.

  83.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Upfront Daniel Ricciardo has a gap of 14 seconds from Bottas so he has done a tremendous job on a track where before the race they were talking all about damage limitation."

  84. 13:57: 
    LAP 25

    Nico Rosberg continues his progress up the field as he passes Fernando Alonso on the Kemmel Straight into third. Alonso subsequently pits.

  85. 13:53: 
    LAP 24

    Nico Rosberg goes again for another pass on Jenson Button and succeeds, nipping past moving into fourth, switching his focus to Fernando Alonso. Daniel Ricciardo leads Valtteri Bottas by more than 14 seconds at the front.

  86. 13:50: 
    LAP 23

    Nico Rosberg picks off Jenson Button to move into sixth, only for the latter to quickly wrestle back that position. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel heads into the pits to pop on medium tyres and is back out in eighth.

  87.  
    opening lap

    Here's the race start again, where Hamilton overtook Rosberg before the first corner and Vettel even made it past pole man Rosberg after a lightening start.

  88. 13:48: 
    LAP 22

    Vibration issue resolved, Nico Rosberg is fast with the new boots on, setting a new fastest lap before getting past Sergio Perez into seventh.

  89.  

    Alex: Hamilton sounds like he wants to give up suggesting they just stop and save the engine but told to keep going.

    Dave Highkinen: Hamilton wants to give-up. You don't win championships by giving up.

    Andy Redden: Rosberg gave himself, fairly or unfairly, an open goal today. And he's missing it.

  90. 13:48: 
    LAP 21

    Lewis Hamilton, in 17th, sounds a tad defeated in his attempt to get back into the points and appears to suggest retiring from the race as he says to his race engineer: "Guys, should we save the engine?". His race engineer responds: "We are looking at the options now and we will come back to you, but your pace is good."

  91. 13:42: 
    LAP 20

    Nico Rosberg heads in for a second pit-stop to resolve that vibration issue and slaps on more medium tyres before re-emerging in 11th. Lewis Hamilton has also been in for fresh mediums and a tweak to his car, with Mercedes looking to give him better balance.

  92.  
    Get involved #bbcf1

    MERCEDES AMG F1: Fresh mediums and tweaks to @LewisHamilton's car - the crew are doing their best to give him a better balance and help him go for it

  93. 13:42: 
    LAP 18

    Nico Rosberg appears to be suffering from that lock up as he reports a vibration on the front tyre. Daniel Ricciardo is putting further daylight between himself and Kimi Raikkonen, that gap now almost seven seconds.

  94.   
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "The battle in this race is over the radios as well as on the circuit - Rosberg is saying over radio that Vettel is cheating at Turn 15."

  95.  

    Caterham's Andre Lotterer, speaking to BBC Sports Lee McKenzie following his retirement: "The engine completely went off, we don't know what caused it and why. It was really short for me but it was amazing opportunity for me but that is racing. It was just a one off at this stage, we didn't talk about another race but I would like the opportunity to race again."

  96. 13:40: 
    LAP 17

    Nico Rosberg has a crack at getting past Sebastian Vettel but locks up heading into the Bus Stop chicane and it costs him further as Valtteri Bottas takes full advantage, striding past the Mercedes on the Kemmel Straight. Bottas is up to fourth, with Vettel third and four-time Belgian Grand Prix winner Kimi Raikkonen second, behind leader Daniel Ricciardo.

  97. 13:37: 
    LAP 16

    Daniel Ricciardo is flying at the front and he extends his lead over Sebastian Vettel to 3.5 seconds.

  98.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I would have expected Rosberg to put himself in a better position against the Red Bull, he has different tyres on and he should get past them.

    "But the team have not given him an easy task by putting him on prime tyres as they have not been that quick in practice."

  99. 13:36: 
    LAP 15

    Kevin Magnussen is making his move as he passes Jean-Eric Vergne at the chicane before picking off Fernando Alonso and he is into sixth. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg is on the back of Sebastian Vettel as Mercedes tell him he needs to pass the Red Bull to win.

  100.  
    Get involved #bbcf1

    Wulfy: IN YOUR FACE, ROSBERG! Quite literally it seems...! #bbcf1

    Jodie Ackland: If that material stuck on Rosberg's car is from Hamilton's tyre then that is irony for you. #karma #bbcf1

    Ryan NG: Nico Rosberg shows his class. How can you not be distracted when a debris is flying in front of you continuously?

  101.  
    Team radio

    Mercedes to Nico Rosberg: "You are on the opposite tyres to the cars in front of you so push hard and try to get past them."

  102. 13:34: 
    LAP 14

    Jenson Button, still to make his first stop, is temporarily in the lead before finally heading, handing P1 back to Daneiel Ricciardo. Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, is fourth, half a second behind Sebastian Vettel.

  103. 13:32: 
    LAP 13

    Fernando Alonso pits and observes his five-second stop-go penalty before returning to circuit on more softs. He then produces a fine, sweeping pass on the outside of Sergio Perez at Rivage and he is into seventh.

  104.  
    Get involved #bbcf1

    Jamie Fraser: If I was Hamilton I'd be furious with Rosberg; how can he not be penalised for ruining his title rival's race?! #bbcf1

    Ashley Wilkinson: If Nico doesn't get a penalty for that, it's a farce. Nico doesn't have to be THAT aggressive, DC! Definition of causing a collision!

  105.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Rosberg definitely has a problem with the front wing of his car, Lewis Hamilton is now running significantly faster than the race leader."

  106. 13:28: 
    LAP 11
    belgian gp

    Nico Rosberg tries, and fails, in his attempt to shift that debris. Meanwhile, race leader Daniel Ricciardo pits, stays on softs, and rejoins in fourth. Lewis Hamilton is the second fastest car on the circuit at the moment and he has Romain Grosjean, in 16th, in his sights.

  107.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "I can't believe Rosberg isn't trying to remove that, it is attached to his small radio aerial and I would rather lose contact with my team that have that getting wrapped around the steering wheel which could cause a real problem."

  108. 13:25: 
    LAP 10
    belgian gp

    A new one for me this. Nico Rosberg returns and what looks to be shredded tyre gets wrapped around the front end of his Mercedes. The debris flitters around on the aerial in front of his face and so far he resists the urge to bat it away. How annoying must that be? Meanwhile, Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez pit.

  109. 13:22: 
    LAP NINE

    Nico Rosberg returns to the circuit sporting a new front wing and medium tyres, he resumes in 15th, Kimi Raikkonen also pits.

  110. 13:21: 
    LAP EIGHT
    belgian gp

    Valtteri Bottas uses DRS to push himself beyond Fernando Alonso on the Kemmel Straight and into fourth. Meanwhile Nico Rosberg heads in to have that damaged front wing changed, meaning Daniel Ricciardo currently leads ahead of Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. A Red Bull one-two at the front, a while since we have seen that.

  111.  

    Lotus F1: Lack of forward motion the reason for Pastor Maldonado early retirement. We're deploying Hercule Poirot to investigate further.

  112. 13:18: 
    LAP SIX

    Andre Lotterer's F1 race debut was sadly short lived as he came to a stop earlier in his Caterham. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez makes his move to get past the Williams of Felipe Massa and into ninth.

  113.  
    Team radio

    Mercedes Team radio to Lewis Hamilton: "We are thinking about a recovery strategy we need to do 15 laps on these tyres so make them last.

    Hamilton responds: "The rear tyre is never going to last 15 laps."

  114. 13:16: 
    LAP FIVE

    Daniel Ricciardo is flying as he sets the fastest lap and sweeps past Sebastian Vettel for second. Impressive stuff, but Nico Rosberg is over a second ahead in P1. Once again Lewis Hamilton finds himself needing to battle through the field.

  115.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "All is not lost for Hamilton is terms of picking up points today. He has a 20 second deficit to the next man but he has a faster car than most. He will also be hoping for a safety car or a change in the weather which could play into his hands."

  116. 13:14: 
    LAP FOUR

    Lewis Hamilton returns to the circuit in 19th but is clearly concerned with his Mercedes, reporting over team radio that it is all over the place. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo gets the better of Fernando Alonso to move into third, behind his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

  117.  
    Team radio

    Lewis Hamilton: "Floor is damaged, right?"

  118. 13:12:  
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That WAS the worst place possible for Hamilton to get a puncture. I think it was just a situation where Nico knew he had to be aggressive.

    "I would put it down as a racing incident but on this occasion Nico has to take responsibility within the team for the contact but I don't think there should be any punishment as far as the stewards are concerned.

    "Lewis will be furious too!"

  119. 13:11: 
    LAP THREE
    belgian gp

    Pastor Maldonado comes a stop and he is out of the race. Fernando Alonso has been given a drive-through penalty after his mechanics took too long to leave his car on the grid before the start of the race. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton pits with his tyre shredded. Nico Rosberg leads.

  120.  
    Team radio

    Lewis Hamilton: "Nico hit me. Nico hit me."

  121. 13:08: 
    LAP TWO
    belgian gp

    Contact between the two Mercedes! Lewis Hamilton takes his racing line and Nico Rosberg's front wing clips his tyre, which suffers a puncture. Hamilton is incredulous.

  122. 13:07: 
    LAP ONE

    Sebastian Vettel evidently pushes too much as he runs wide at Les Combes and drops back down to third. Lewis Hamilton defends well from Nico Rosberg to retain his lead at the end of first lap. Contact for Jules Bianchi at the first corner too.

  123. 13:05: 
    GO! GO! GO!
    belgian gp

    It is a clean get away for Lewis Hamilton and he takes the lead at the first corner! Great start for Sebastian Vettel as well as he sweeps past Nico Rosberg, who is down to third.

  124.   
    David Coulthard, BBC F1 co-commentator

    "Worryingly for Nico Rosberg he hasn't had a very good conversion rate from pole positions to victories. There a so many variables here and so many opportunities to overtake and we all know how brave Hamilton can be."

  125. 13:03: 

    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton take their place at the front of the grid. How crucial will their respective starts prove to be. Seconds away from finding out...

  126.  
    Team radio

    Kevin Magnussen: "There are spots of rain - very light rain."

  127. 13:02: 

    BBC Sport's pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "They just had to rush out a spare battery pack to Fernando Alonso's car which suggests they couldn't get it started in time."

  128. 13:02: 
    belgian gp

    Oh no! Almost a disaster for Fernando Alonso before the race has even started as Ferrari mechanics struggle with his car on the grid while everyone else scoots off for the formation lap.

    He is eventually able to get away, but he may get a drive-through penalty as a result.

  129. 12:59: 

    Team personnel start to clear the grid as the drivers get strapped into their respective cars ahead of the formation lap. Everyone except Adrian Sutil are kicking things off on the soft tyres. Sutil, starting 14th, is on the medium compound.

  130. 12:57:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Sebastian Vettel is beginning to get the hang of F1 2014, after his difficult start to the season, and he has now out-qualified team-mate Daniel Ricciardo three times in four races.

    "That was particularly impressive this weekend as he had missed all of the second practice session as a result of an engine problem, which necessitated a new power-unit. Modestly, he pointed out that the rain had lessened his disadvantage. 'I started with the same laps in wet conditions,' Vettel said, 'so that helped and the rain helped as well, made us more competitive than we probably were in the dry.'

    "As for his chances in the race, he said: 'It will be a tough race. We know that in the dry - the forecast says it is supposed to be dry - it can be a lot closer, because we have Williams up there and Ferrari very strong this weekend. P3 is a great place to start from and anything can happen in the race so we see what we can do."

  131. 12:55: 
    FIVE MINUTES TO GO
    belgian gp

    Not long now until the start of the Belgian Grand Prix. Ready?

  132. 12:55: 

    BBC Sport pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "A one-stop is possible here, but it is looking more like a two stop race because there are so many opportunities to overtake here, so cars need some rubber. So it's looking likely it will be a two stop strategy unless we see the safety car because the drivers are then tempted to push it as far as they can."

  133. 12:54: 

    Team principal of Red Bull Christian Horner: "The radar can't predict what is happening right now right across the track. The track is so long the weather can be different in different parts of the track.

    "We have taken a different approach this weekend, to Mercedes, we have gone for straight line speed and in the first and third sectors that will make us much closer to them."

  134. 12:53: 

    A few specks of rain looks to be falling as Bernie Ecclestone chats to McLaren chief executive Ron Dennis. Still lots of blue sky between the clouds though.

    belgian gp
  135.  
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    Carrie Alcindor: I'm so excited the racing is back! The BBC intro has given me goosebumps! Come on @LewisHamilton you can do it. #SPArksWillFly

    Emily Sherman: This time a year ago me & mum were talking seriously about me going to spa this year... Clearly that didn't happen.... Next year?

    Matthew Cohen: I'm really looking forward to today's F1 race in Belgium. I hope Lewis wins & hope @WilliamsRacing get on the podium.

  136. 12:51: 
    THE GRID

    Just under 10 minutes to go until lights out, so time for a quick look at the grid:

    1) Nico Rosberg 2) Lewis Hamilton 3) Sebastian Vettel 4) Fernando Alonso 5) Daniel Ricciardo 6) Valtteri Bottas 7) Kevin Magnussen 8) Kimi Raikkonen 9) Felipe Massa 10) Jenson Button

    11) Daniil Kvyat 12) Jean-Eric Vergne 13) Sergio Perez 14) Adrian Sutil 15) Romain Grosjean 16) Jules Bianchi 17) Pastor Maldonado 18) Nico Hulkenberg 19) Max Chilton 20) Esteban Guttierrez 21) Andre Lotterer 22) Marcus Ericsson

  137. 12:50: 
    Circuit statistics
    Belgian GP

    Circuit length: 7.004 km

    Number of corners: 19 (10 left, 9 right)

    DRS zones: 2

    Race laps: 44

    Race distance: 308.052 km

    2014 tyre compounds: Medium, soft

  138. 12:49:  
    Eddie Jordan, BBC F1 chief analyst

    "The rumour mill is in full swing and last night Fernando Alonso sat in front of the people at Red Bull and I think that shows Ferrari that there is no guarantee he will stay. I think we can also assume he has spoken to others so the rumours will continue."

  139. 12:48: 
    Kimi Raikkonen
  140. 12:48:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Believe it not, there are those who believe Spa is a weak track for Fernando Alonso, on account of a race victory there missing from his CV. On Saturday, he proved that this was a) ridiculous and b) nothing more than circumstance, yet again humiliating team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who is rightly considered a Spa specialist on account of his four victories there.

    "Alonso was a massive 0.994 seconds quicker than his team-mate, despite being on used intermediates while Raikkonen was on new. Alonso admitted he was 'pleased and a little surprised' to be fourth. He missed out on beating Sebastian Vettel's faster Red Bull to third by an agonising 0.069secs. Raikkonen - who set a pretty much identical time to Alonso in the middle sector - said he had had to compromise his out lap on account of traffic and then made a series of mistakes."

  141. 12:47: 

    Fernando Alonso was pleasantly surprised by his qualifying result yesterday as he secured fourth on the grid. The Spaniard has only finished lower than he started once all season. That was in Austria, where he also qualified fourth, but he is optimistic of being competitive today.

    "The rain certainly helped, but we also had good pace on the long run in the dry on Friday." he said. "Whatever the conditions, we must simply try to run a perfect race and above all make the right tyre choices."

  142. 12:44: 

    BBC weather reporter Ian Fergusson: 12:38 BST another light shower now closing on circuit soon from the west. Won't last long.

  143. 12:43:  
    Allan McNish, BBC Radio 5 live analyst
    belgian gp David Coulthard takes a ride on the Spa track with Jenson Button for the BBC One coverage

    On Jenson Button, who could depart McLaren at the end of the season: "McLaren would definitely miss him, he is the driver with the most points right now and he is the driver who can react to changeable conditions like today. Their lack of speed so far this season is down to the car and not the drivers."

  144. 12:42:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "A Mercedes one-two seems locked on, with the finishing order of the drivers the only unknown, given a clean race for the silver cars, but the battle for third could be epic. Both Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari are lined up behind them on the grid, with the straight-munching Williams of Valtteri Bottas next and his team-mate Felipe Massa expected to make up ground from ninth. All fancy their chances - and it was a surprise to hear it from Alonso, who has spent the last few races playing down his prospects of podiums.

    "The Spaniard admitted Ferrari's performance at Spa had been a 'good surprise' and said of a podium: 'The possibility is there, no doubt. We have some people around us with good race pace, like [Daniel] Ricciardo and the Williams, and we'll need to fight hard to be on the podium. But we know that Mercedes has had some mechanical problems in the last races so we need to be there to take any opportunities.'"

  145. 12:41: 
    belgian gp

    There are some fine moustaches and beards on show as Eddie Jordan chats with actor John Hurt. "This is fantastic," says Hurt. "I hope Lewis wins today. I have everything crossed. I am thrilled for Mercedes that they have the two of them there, but I hope the position is reversed and Lewis finishes first."

    That truly is a magnificent moustache.

  146.  
    FAST FACT
    Michael Schumacher

    The lowest winning grid position at a Belgian Grand Prix is 16th, achieved by Michael Schumacher for Benetton in 1995.

  147. 12:37: 
    Rising to the challenge

    A few more Formula 1 personnel stepped up to the ice bucket challenge on Saturday, with Williams' deputy team principal Claire Williams getting the ice tipped on her by drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas...

    Clare Williams ice bucket

    ...Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo did likewise with team principal Christian Horner...

    Adrian Newey and Christian Horner
  148.  
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    Birthday cake

    Conor King: My birthday always falls on Spa weekend so dad decided to make a cake dedicated to that.

  149.  

    Mercedes: Pit lane open... drivers strapped in... grab the popcorn and get comfortable everyone! The GREATEST show on earth is about to begin!

  150. 12:32:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Williams came into the Spa weekend expecting this and the next race in Italy to be their best of the season, so the rain in qualifying was bad news for them, negating to some extent their huge pace on the straights and exposing their car's lack of overall downforce.

    "Valtteri Bottas, the highest Williams driver on the grid in sixth, felt he might have been able to be one place higher but for traffic, which cost him tyre temperature, an issue Williams have been struggling with all weekend. But he's confident of a strong race. 'If it's dry we should have a chance to have a go and to have another podium place maybe,' the Finn said. 'We know we have a good pace but it if it's wet it's going to be a bit more difficult. The second sector (where most of the corners are) is a bit too long for us here in the wet.'

    "Team-mate Felipe Massa starts ninth after suffering the same problems with glazed brakes as Lewis Hamilton."

  151. 12:29: 

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas, who starts from sixth on the grid, speaking to BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie: "We know that in the dry we have a good pace but when it's changeable conditions we need to react.

    "We were not as close to the top three places in qualifying but today is a different day. We need to react today at the start we will attack and we know we can gain some positions and then we can plan our strategy, it will be an interesting one today."

  152.  
    Caterham

    Caterham F1: Another waffle on waffle day. We can't seem to stop...

  153. 12:26:  
    Jennie Gow, BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    "Kamui Kobayashi may already have driven his last race for Caterham. Dropped for this race in favour of German Le Mans racer Andre Lotterer, who has done an excellent job, the team are evaluating other options for the rest of the season.

    "The word is that either Red Bull junior Carlos Sainz - the son of the rally legend of the same name - or fellow Spaniard Robert Merhi, who is racing in the DTM German touring car series, could be in the car for the next race in Monza.

    "Merhi is at the Belgian Grand Prix with Caterham this weekend and has told Spanish TV he has already driven the team's simulator. Might Sainz and Merhi split the remaining races for the team?"

  154. 12:25: 

    Andre Lotterer, a three-time winner of the Le Mans 24 hours, is feeling pretty good about today's race.

    "I've accumulated a lot of experience in a very short amount of time and I feel that I can do a good race," he said. "I did some long runs on Friday and I found a good rhythm.

    "Hopefully the conditions won't be too tricky, because if not I will need to find out where the limit is while I'm racing - that's my biggest concern. Nevertheless, I'm really looking forward to the race, I'm ready for it!"

  155.  
    Belgian Grand Prix
  156. 12:21: 
    Lotterer's life-long ambition
    Andre Lotterer

    There is something particularly heart-warming about seeing Andre Lotterer on the grid today.

    The 32-year-old has replaced Kamui Kobayashi for this weekend in Spa and is fulfilling a lifelong dream by making his race debut in Formula 1. Such is his desire to achieve this, he is not being paid a penny.

    His performance will be one to keep an eye out on today after he impressively out-qualified his team-mate Marcus Ericsson by almost a full second. He starts from 21st on the grid.

  157.  
    Get involved- #bbcf1

    Tom: Today's the day where anything can happen in F1 at the greatest track in the world Spa!

    Jamie William Cade: Cap off a good weekend with a great win for @LewisHamilton. Plenty of overtaking places on a dry track.

    Pete Pritchard: It's Spurs super Sunday and the #bbcf1 is on what more could you ask for this Bank Holiday weekend!!!

  158.  
    Sauber F1

    Sauber F1: Final pit stop practice before the start of the Belgian GP.

  159. 12:18:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Mercedes' advantage in wet qualifying over their rivals was stunning - more than two seconds separated them from their closest pursuers, Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari. Nico Rosberg said it was 'surprising', which is true, but it's not that hard to understand. Mercedes' power advantage means they can run more downforce while not losing out on the straights, while Red Bull and Ferrari - already a second a lap slower anyway - both have to run less wing than would be ideal in the wet to ensure they are not too vulnerable on the long straights in the race.

    "Even so, they were still 12km/h slower than Lewis Hamilton - and nearly 8km/h down on Valtteri Bottas - at the end of Kemmel straight. Meanwhile, Williams, who were expected to be Mercedes' closest rivals, simply don't have the grip to challenge in the wet, whereas in the dry their straight-line speed would almost certainly have ensured they were second fastest behind the Mercedes."

  160. 12:15: 
    FAST FACT
    Michael Schumacher

    Five of Michael Schumacher's six Belgian Grand Prix victories came from the second row or lower.

  161. 12:14: 
    Mind games?

    Lewis Hamilton is evidently not too concerned with not securing pole, although he could be trying to get inside the head of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    "I'm not disappointed today actually," he said. "If you look at the previous years, P2 is the best place to start here so I feel quite blessed that this is the case. I started on pole here last year and Sebastian flew past me down the top straight, so I think it gives you the most opportunity here at the start."

    Only time will tell.

  162. 12:13: 
    Showers at Spa?

    BBC weather reporter Ian Fergusson: 12:07 BST Some light showers around circuit currently. Some more are possible into race, but not as heavy as on Saturday.

  163. 12:10: 
    BBC coverage
    belgian gp

    You can watch this race in full on BBC One and build up has just got under way now on television and at the top of this very page. Join Suzi Perry and co as they count down to the 12th race of the season.

  164.  
    Mercedes F1

    Mercedes: F1 driver parade time! First up, it's an all Brit affair as Lewis Hamilton catches up with Jenson Button!

  165. 12:06: 
    Eau Rouge

    On Saturday there was heavy rain and hail storms at Spa and this morning there has been fog and mist but, at the moment, the sky above the circuit is looking pretty spiffy indeed.

    Plenty of blue sky between the puffy white clouds but this is Spa and anything can, and probably will, happen weather-wise.

  166. 12:05:  
    Andrew Benson, Chief F1 writer

    "Lewis Hamilton might have been expected to be disappointed to qualify second to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg at a drivers' circuit such as Spa, but he said that was not the case.

    "Not only was he battling glazed brakes, but he said he felt second was the best place to start the race, giving the example of last year, when Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull blasted past him up the hill on lap one, never to be seen again.

    "Hamilton's intention for the race, then, is clear, and a stonking battle is now on the cards between himself and Rosberg - the first since they qualified on the front row together in Canada. That one was disrupted by mechanical problems for both cars, so the last real, race-long fight was in Spain. It's about time there was another, and what better stage could there be than arguably the finest circuit in the world?"

  167. 12:02: 
    Blessing in disguise?

    Hello and welcome to the Belgian Grand Prix.

    For the seventh time this season it was Nico Rosberg who did the business in qualifying as he secured his place at the front of the grid, but Lewis Hamilton is in familiar territory. He knows how to win from second on the grid at Spa-Francorchamps, having done so in 2010.

    Could that work to his advantage today?

  168. 12:00: 
    Too close to call?
    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    For the first time in three races, Lewis Hamilton will not have to fight his way through the field to pick up big points.

    On Saturday, the Mercedes driver qualified second on a circuit that suits him to put himself in a strong position to challenge for victory. Even better, the driver who has secured pole in the last 13 Belgian grands prix has gone on to win it on just four occasions.

    The problem? Championship leader Nico Rosberg is the man on pole.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0

Results

After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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