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As has been the case throughout much of this intriguing Formula One season, the Belgian GP was littered with any number of eye-catching passing moves, and this despite none of the predicted rain falling in the Ardennes mountains.
In fact, right from the very start we saw both Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel overtake pole-sitter Rosberg, only for the German to immediately reclaim second place from his countryman before also setting about trying to catch his team-mate for the lead of the race.
Meanwhile, Ricciardo then breezed past team-mate Vettel on Lap 5 to move up to second place behind Rosberg after a rare driving error from the world champion, and it was as the grand prix reached its tense climax that the crowd were treated to yet more passing manoeuvres.
Firstly, Rosberg overtook both Raikkonen and Bottas late on following his third and final pit stop for second, before the Williams of Bottas then did the same to his fellow countryman in the Ferrari to take third position with just eight laps remaining.
And to cap off a sensational afternoon's racing in Belgium, the grand prix ended with a four-way tussle for fifth place between Vettel, Alonso and the McLaren duo of Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button.