Formula One: Rosberg eases to Belgian GP win, Hamilton third

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (centre) celebrating on the podium, after coming in ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (left) and teammate Lewis Hamilton (right) at the Belgian GP on Aug 28, 2016.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (centre) celebrating on the podium, after coming in ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo (left) and teammate Lewis Hamilton (right) at the Belgian GP on Aug 28, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

(REUTERS) - German Nico Rosberg eased to victory in a chaotic Belgian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver crossed the line 14.1 seconds ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

World championship leader Lewis Hamilton, starting on the back row of the grid after taking a 55-place engine-related grid penalty, clawed his way back up the field to finish third.

 

The race was briefly halted in the early stages after a massive crash for Renault's Kevin Magnussen.

The Dane was taken to hospital for routine checks after suffering a cut to his left ankle in the high-speed crash.

Rosberg's sixth win of the season cut team-mate Hamilton's lead in the standings to nine points with eight races remaining.