Williams' Valtteri Bottas finished third and Felipe Massa thirteenth in the Belgian Grand Prix, with Valtteri picking up his fourth podium of the season. Felipe’s race was hindered by debris that was lodged in his car at the beginning of the race that affected the car’s aerodynamic performance and impacted his pace.
Daniel Ricciardo clinched his and Red Bull’s third victory of 2014 at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday, while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg survived early contact with team mate Lewis Hamilton to clinch second and extend his championship lead. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas passed Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to seal the final podium spot, while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel prevailed in a thrilling four-way scrap for fifth. Hamilton retired
From the epic battle brewing at the front of the field to Red Bull’s hopes resting on their low downforce gamble, and from Williams’ desire for a dry race to the ever-present threat of rain, we break down the key themes to look out for in Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix
Valtteri Bottas thrust Williams to the fore in Belgium on Saturday morning as he beat Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg to the top spot in the third and final practice session. On a circuit that started wet and finished dry, Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were fourth and sixth respectively, sandwiching the second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton
Team representatives – John Iley (Caterham), Andrew Green (Force India), Dave Greenwood (Marussia), Robert Smedley (Williams), Adrian Newey (Red Bull Racing), James Allison (Ferrari) Q: John, can I start with you? Obviously, a new driver today, tell us how did he go and where do you go from here
Lewis Hamilton took command of the second practice session in Belgium, finishing more than half a second clear of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and the rest of the field on Friday afternoon. Fernando Alonso underlined Ferrari’s impressive start by claiming third ahead of Williams’ Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Jenson Button, while two red flags interrupted proceedings at Spa
Drivers – Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Felipe Massa (Williams), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing) Q: We had news this week that next season there will be a 17-year-old driver on the grid. Can I have your reaction from a driver’s point of view?
The summer break is over, and the Formula One fraternity is raring to go again at one of the most popular circuits on the calendar – Spa-Francorchamps. The circuit should favour the Mercedes-engine cars, but the big question is whether Mercedes themselves will lead the charge – or whether Williams can prevail at a circuit they believe gives them their best chance since Austria of winning a race
Refreshed and revitalised after their summer break, the members of the F1 paddock are raring to go racing once more as they journey to the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit for this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix. Those involved discuss their prospects