Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
Max Chilton, Friday
With less downforce and plenty of power, F1 drivers found the climb from Eau Rouge to Raidillon more of a challenge this year – particularly if they were in a less competitive car or carrying a heavy fuel load. Here Max Chilton kicks up some sparks.
He very nearly wasn’t in his car at all, as on Thursday evening Marussia announced he was being replaced by Alexander Rossi. That plan was then reversed during the first practice session – while Rossi was already driving Chilton’s car.
Andre Lotterer, Friday
However Andre Lotterer did make his grand prix debut, taking over from Kamui Kobayashi at Caterham. Unfortunately his car failed after just one lap.
Romain Grosjean, Saturday
Cool conditions on Saturday posed problems for drivers getting their tyres up to temperature.
Valtteri Bottas, Saturday
Rain throughout qualifying kept everyone on their toes, but Valtteri Bottas was among those who made it into Q3.
CLaire Williams, Saturday
For some there wasn’t enough water around. The ALS/MND Ice Bucket Challenge swept the paddock and Claire Williams was among those to get a soaking, from her two drivers.
Start, Belgian Grand Prix
Nico Rosberg didn’t make a great start from pole position, which allowed Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel to get ahead. The Red Bull driver attempted to repeat the first-lap pass he pulled on Hamilton last year, to no avail.
Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Belgian Grand Prix
At the same corner on the next lap came the moment which provided the talking point of the race. Rosberg tried to re-pass Hamilton but wasn’t able to get alongside, and as he tucked in behind his team mate Rosberg’s front wing slashed Hamilton’s tyre.
Adrian Sutil, Belgian Grand Prix
Marshals look on as Adrian Sutil tackles one of the most famous corners in motor racing.
Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Belgian Grand Prix
While Rosberg recovered to second place, Hamilton had only just begun picking off the midfielders when his car’s handling worsened, leading him to retire.
Daniel Ricciardo, Belgian Grand Prix
For the third time the year Daniel Ricciardo was perfectly placed to take maximum advantage of more problems for Mercedes.
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2014 Belgian Grand Prix
- Rosberg says he chose to apologise for Spa crash
- Third win, second Driver of the Weekend for Ricciardo
- Spa serves up another race to remember
- 2014 Belgian Grand Prix team radio transcript
- Hamilton: “We both made mistakes”
Images © Marussia, Renault/DPPI, Lotus/LAT, Red Bull/Getty, Daimler/Hoch Zwei, Williams/LAT, Sauber
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