Rosberg closes gap in title race, yet Hamilton seems happier

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) Although Nico Rosberg trimmed rival Lewis Hamilton's lead in the Formula One title race after winning the Belgian Grand Prix, it was Hamilton who seemed the happier driver on Sunday after turning a back-row start into a third-place finish.

Starting from pole position, Rosberg avoided trouble in an incident-packed race featuring a chaotic first turn, wild overtaking, a heavy crash, safety cars, a red flag and heated language between Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen - the youngest and oldest in the race.

Rosberg moved to within nine points of his Mercedes teammate, but Hamilton got a victory of sorts after picking his way through the field for a 97th podium finish.


Formula 1 Leaders: Points
1 L.Hamilton 232 6
2 N.Rosberg 223 6
3 D.Ricciardo 151 0
4 S.Vettel 128 0
5 K.Raikkonen 124 0
6 M.Verstappen 115 1
7 V.Bottas 62 0
8 S.Perez 58 0
9 N.Hulkenberg 45 0
10 F.Massa 39 0
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