Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two for the seventh time this year in the Belgian Grand Prix.
However a late drama cost Sebastiaan Vettel likely third place when his right-rear tyre exploded as he accelerated out of Raidillon. The Ferrari driver kept his car under control but dropped out of the points positions.
While Hamilton held the lead almost without interruption from the start of the race, team mate Nico Rosberg lost his grip on second place when the lights went out and had to make his way back to the front.
After passing Valtteri Bottas, Rosberg jumped ahead of Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo at the first round of pit stops to regain second place. He briefly closed on Hamilton – the gap between the pair fell to two seconds following a Virtual Safety Car period – but Hamilton re-established his advantage when racing resumed.
Romain Grosjean benefited from Vettel’s tyre failure to give Lotus their first podium finish since 2013. Unlike Vettel, Grosjean had pitted for fresh tyres during the VSC period.
Daniil Kvyat was flying on the closing stages, eventually passing Felipe Massa to take seventh. Kimi Raikkonen survived a late attack from Max Verstappen to hold on to seventh place.
A mistake by Willians cost Valtteri Bottas better finish – he came in ninth after serving a drive-through penalty for having one medium tyre fitted along with three softs during a pit stop. Marcus Ericsson took the final point for Sauber.
2015 Belgian Grand Prix
- How a secret Mercedes engine mode helped pressure Vettel into a race-ending puncture
- “If drivers respect track limits there’s no problem” – Spa responds to Pirelli over ‘debris’
- Tyres should be able to cope with debris – Massa
- Pirelli urge better track cleaning after Spa blow-outs
- Podium earns Grosjean Driver of the Weekend win