Red Bull ace wins in Belgium; Fans boo second-placed Nico Rosberg
Spa: Nico Rosberg rode his luck to open up a clear 29-points championship advantage over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton yesterday when he finished second behind triumphant Australian Daniel Ricciardo at the Belgian GP.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo after winning the Belgian F1 Grand Prix yesterday
Ricciardo, of Red Bull, won with a bold and well-judged drive in an intriguing and dramatic race that saw Hamilton lead from the start, but suffer a second-lap puncture following a collision with Rosberg.
The damage wrecked Hamilton's race and may have ruined his title bid with seven of this year's 19 races remaining.
"I have apologised to Lewis... A bad result for Lewis and a bad result for the Mercedes team," said Mercedes team chief Niki Lauda. Hamilton later retired with four of the 44 laps remaining. Rosberg was jeered on the podium later for his collision with Mercedes teammate and rival Hamilton.
"I got a good run on Lewis and tried to go around the outside. But we touched, which hurt both of our races, which from a team point of view is very disappointing," he said.
Force India's Sergio Perez earned two points as he finished ninth, while teammate Nico Hulkenberg was 11th and at the Belgium GP. Perez (31 pts) is 12th with 31 points while Hulkenberg (69 pts) is 7th.