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Rosberg wins at Spa, Hamilton battles from the back to take third

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nico_rosbergMercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg picked up his 6th win of the 2016 season and his first at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to close the gap between himself and reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton back down to 9 points as the Briton produced another excellent exhibition of driving to carve his way up the field in a chaotic race to grab the final step on the podium despite starting from last place.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo split the two Mercedes men, though both he and Hamilton benefited from an early collision between Max Verstappen and the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, which ruined the race for all three drivers.

Nico Hulkenberg equaled his best ever finish to take fourth place ahead of his Force India teammate Sergio Perez, while Vettel had to settle for 6th in the lead Ferrari. McLaren's Fernando Alonso used his experience to see off the challenge of the two Finns behind him with Williams' Valtteri Bottas ahead of compatriot Kimi Raikkonen, who was not a happy camper. Veteran Brazilian Felipe Massa rounded off the 10.

Rosberg, who took the 20th win of his career, shared after the race, "I am so happy to win here in Spa at this legendary track. It wasn't an easy weekend for us. We had to work a lot on the setup - but in the race it was perfect. The stints on the medium tyres were really good and I felt really comfortable at the start on the softs too. Our car was really great today, so thank you to the team for all their hard work in getting it spot on. It's great for the team that Lewis was able to recover to finish in third place, so overall a great result for us."

Second placed Ricciardo was thrilled with his day's work and said, “I’m pleased with that result, I knew a podium was on today. Of course you can never guarantee, but I knew if we had the pace that we did on Friday, that we would be able to get there. With Lewis starting at the back it was an opportunity to get at least a second place, and we got that. A win is always the big target, but Nico had the pace that we expected, so second is the best we could have done. There was a lot going on at the start and I actually hit some of the debris which damaged the front wing, so the red flag helped us as we were able to repair it. Before that the car was quite affected. Then, after that we got going; there wasn’t too much action for me, but I was just trying to be consistent and the outcome was good!"

Hamilton meanwhile looked thrilled with his damage limitation exercise and said, "If you'd offered me third coming into this race with all the penalties I would definitely have taken it! I really wasn't expecting that! As I said yesterday, I really didn't know what would be possible today. But I came into the race with a positive mental attitude and it all came together. It was a steep mountain to climb - but we did it together as a team. I'm so happy and so proud of everyone. Changing so many parts on the car, it would have been easy to make mistakes. But the guys did an exceptional job and all three Power Units worked flawlessly. I think I now have more engines than most of the others, which is great. Now, the fight is really on for the second half of the season."

The teams next head to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix next weekend.