There was plenty of action all the way down the field at the iconic Spa Francorchamps but who did you think was the exceptional driver?
Scored his ninth pole position of the season with an impressive lap to continue Red Bull’s utter domination of qualifying. Made a good start and though he was passed by Nico Rosberg on the first lap, the German retook the lead on lap four. Suffered from severe tyre blistering, but good strategy and coolness under pressure ensured he stayed out in front to score his seventh win of the season and 17th of his career. Extended his championship lead to 92 points with only 175 still to play for.
A mistake on his final qualifying run saw him miss out on a front row grid slot and another bad start dropped down to eighth before the first corner. Fought his way up to second by lap 16 as the Red Bull managed its medium tyres well. Closed on team-mate Vettel in the closing stages but was unable to challenge for the lead to score his seventh podium of the season on the weekend he signed a new deal to stay at the team for next season.
A miscommunication with the team saw him get knocked out of Q2 and start the race 13th. Got hit from behind at the start, damaging his rear-wing endplate but managed the damage until his first stop. Got his medium tyre phase out of the way early on to make good progress through the field on the soft tyres, finishing third for his sixth podium of the season.
Made a good start from eighth on the grid, passing Lewis Hamilton on lap two and then Rosberg for the lead following Vettel’s early pit stop. However, Ferrari opted to do one stop fewer than their rivals leaving the Spaniard to complete the race on the slower medium tyre. That saw him drop down to fourth and end his run of four consecutive podiums. The Spaniard is now 102 points behind leader Vettel in the drivers’ standings.
Crashed in the first part of qualifying to line up 24th on the grid on the 20th anniversary of his F1 debut. Made a good start, avoiding the flying debris at the first corner and began fighting his way through the field. Battled his way up to sixth and then passed Mercedes’ team-mate Rosberg for fifth in the closing stages to complete a remarkable recovery drive and score his seventh points finish of the season.
An electric start saw him run second from fifth after the first corner. Passed Vettel for the lead later in the lap thanks to the Mercedes’ good straight-line speed. However, didn’t have the pace to stay out front and gradually dropped down the order before being told by the team to save fuel in the closing stages. Passed by team-mate Schumacher to finish sixth for his fifth consecutive points finish.
A disappointing performance in qualifying saw the German start 15th but avoided the chaos at the start to make up a couple of places. Pitted when the safety car came out which helped him rise up to sixth but was passed by Schumacher who was faster on the soft tyres. Held on to finish seventh.