Belgian F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction

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Belgian F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights and Reaction
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The 2014 Belgian Grand Prix at the legendary circuit of Spa Francorchamps started with controversy and quickly became one of the most dramatic races of the Formula One season, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo taking an easy win ahead of the pack.

Nico Rosberg took second, widening the gap with team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the race for the 2014 world title.

Hamilton and Rosberg made contact in the second lap, with both Mercedes cars coming away from the clash with some damage. Hamilton was forced into an early pit stop with a puncture and the bottom of his car got severely damaged, forcing him into a spectator role for the rest of the afternoon.

The Brit had position on Rosberg, who decided to steer to the outside and tried to overtake his team-mate from a risky position. 

Commentating for BBC Sport, David Coulthard felt bad for the Hamilton, although he didn't feel any punishment for his team-mate was warranted:

That WAS the worst place possible for Hamilton to get a puncture. I think it was just a situation where Nico knew he had to be aggressive.

I would put it down as a racing incident but on this occasion Nico has to take responsibility within the team for the contact but I don't think there should be any punishment as far as the stewards are concerned.

Lewis will be furious too!

Rosberg clipped his front wing on Hamilton's tyre and somehow got part of Hamilton's tyre stuck on the front of his car, restricting how much he could see from his visor. His early stop resulted in him continuing the race on prime tyres, and he locked up badly trying to pass Sebastian Vettel in Lap 18.

Valtteri Bottas' Williams looked very fast on the straights, but it was Daniel Ricciardo who jumped to an early lead, looking for his second consecutive Grand Prix win.

Kimi Raikkonen showed why he's regarded as one of the world's best technicians, riding a clean race to a strong finish in fourth, the first time this season the Finn was able to finish ahead of Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Rosberg needed several laps to get past Bottas and trailed Ricciardo by 19 seconds with less than 10 laps to go, and the German gladly took a second-place finish knowing Hamilton wouldn't score any points on Sunday.

Hamilton quickly lost faith fighting in the background, and after multiple pleas over the radio, the Mercedes officials allowed him to retire from the race to preserve the engine.

The battle for fifth turned into a dramatic affair in the final laps, with Vettel, Kevin Magnussen, Jenson Button and Alonso engaging in a furious battle that lasted all the way to the checkered flag.

Alonso spun into the grass, Button had the door slammed on his nose by Magnussen and Vettel eventually emerged as the victor of a highly entertaining race for fifth.

The clash between Rosberg and Hamilton took the headlines, however. The German was treated to a chorus of boos by the Belgian fans throughout the podium ceremony, and plenty of fans on social media believed Hamilton had every right to be upset with his team-mate.

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