Nico Rosberg cruised to victory unchallenged in Spa, but it was teammate Lewis Hamilton who gained places, avoided troubles and maximised his strategy to move up from second last on the grid to finish on the podium in P3.
Helping Hamilton was a red flag early in the race after Kevin Magnussen lost the rear of his car coming through turn 4 and slid backwards into the barriers. Reports confirmed that Magnussen suffered only a mild ankle injury, but with Monza only a week away and reserve driver Ocon now sitting in a Manor, just who will drive for Renault in Italy if Magnussen can't partake must be part of their post-race debrief.
Max Verstappen who started in P2 on the grid had a terrible launch off the line and then made contact with the Ferrari's in a move reminiscent of Kvyat's in China earlier this year. It was the first of many incidents for Verstappen, with his defending and aggressive lines once again drawing unwanted attention. Post-race Verstappen defended his actions and pointed to his mistreatment at the first corner as justification for his tough justice on the track.
Force India finished 4th and 5th to edge out Williams in the constructors championship, following through on the promise of the last few months of development.
Fernando Alonso put in a measured driver to finish in P7 earning valuable points for McLaren and showed that he still has the determination to muscle his way past teams like Williams who on paper should have been able to withstand any such challenge.