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Published: 13:56 | 28/8/16

Rosberg wins Belgian GP, Hamilton third


Mercedes' Nico Rosberg cruised to victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished third after starting 21st on the grid.

Rosberg, who started from pole, secured his sixth victory of 2016 but his first at Spa with a wire-to-wire win in a time of 1.44.51.08, ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

The German's 20th career win sees him move to nine points off the pace set by Hamilton, who started at the back of the grid following a series of engine changes but sped up through the field to secure a brilliant third place.

Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were involved in a first-corner incident, although all three recovered after heading into the pits for repairs.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg equalled his best-ever finish by coming fourth, with team-mate Sergio Perez fifth, taking Force India ahead of Williams into fourth place in the constructors' championship.

Ferrari's Vettel and McLaren's Alonso were sixth and seventh, with Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa eighth and tenth, with the other Ferrari driver Raikkonen ending in ninth place.

To the disappointment of the home fans, Red Bull's Verstappen finished in 11th place after struggling to recover from the first-corner melee.

"The start was not great, I dived in the inside and was easily making the corner, but they kept squeezing," the 18-year-old told Sky Sports.

"Sebastian turned in on both of us and I had a lot of damage. He knows he was on the outside and he turned into the corner when there were two other cars there."

Renault's Kevin Magnussen, who was running in eighth place, was taken to the on-course medical facility as a precaution after suffering an ankle injury when he crashed into the tyre barrier coming out of Eau Rouge at over 150mph.

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