Daniel Ricciardo Wins Grand Prix Spa in Belgium As Crowd Boos Nico Rosberg By: Peter Holland, Sport Reporter August 24, 2014
The Formula One Grand Prix at Spa, in Belgium, was jam-packed with excitement, tenacity, and some have said, “dirty tricks.” Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo drove a spectacular race all the way through the finish line. He started the race in 5th position then used speed and precision to overtake Mercedes driver and pole sitter Nico Rosberg. Once Ricciardo moved into first position he stayed there. He defended his position and held on for a back-to-back win, making this his third of the season.
Boos, Boos and more Boos for Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg today. Fans and race viewers watched as he appeared to deliberately make contact with teammate Lewis Hamilton just enough to damage Hamilton’s tires, and derail any opportunity Hamilton had, to earn points. Rosberg is in the lead for the driver championship and Hamilton, the 2008 World Champion was his biggest threat with an 11-point gap. Hamilton did not finish the race today due to damage to the car while Rosberg went on to finish second. Finishing third was the always friendly and reliable Williams-Martini driver, Valtteri Bottas. Bottas really put the Williams-Martini team in a respectable position for championship points, which means millions to a team. Valtteri has become a very reliable driver with enough confidence, to duke it out on the track, for team points. Xiro Xone F1 Sports Award for Guts goes to McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen who fought to keep his position against Alonso.
The Stop stressing me out award goes to, Sebastian Vettel, the 4-time champion with Red Bull. He made the podium on qualifying day, but missed it on race-day. Vettel has done a much better job with the car of late, and could have landed on the podium had it not been for a couple of hiccups, on the track. Now that he is more acquainted with the car we can expect to see him on the podium quite a bit more, next season.