Just a lap later, Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz had a rear tyre failure which caused considerable damage to the rear of his car and also broke his rear wing. His race was well and truly over!
On lap seven there was one of those heart stopping F1 moments. Renault's Kevin Magnusson lost control at the top of the hill as he went over Eau Rouge and he slammed into the tyre barrier at close to 190mph! His little yellow Renault was almost completely unrecognisable with major engine parts just hanging off the side pod.
Thankfully Magnusson was able to walk away, albeit with a bit of a limp. After consulting with the F1 medical team, he will be fit to race at Monza in two weeks’ time. The race was red flagged at this point to allow the marshals to rebuild the obliterated tyre barrier. With a tractor on the track, the race director Charlie Whiting was taking no chances, especially with what happened to Jules Bianchi in Japan in 2014.
Once the race re-started Verstappen and Raikonnen continued their duel with Max in the Red Bull defending very boldly against the Ferrari, which made Kimi very unhappy as some of his radio outbursts clearly showed.
Verstappen was heavily criticised by Raikonnen and others after the race for his manoeuvres on the track, but received no penalty for the next race at Monza.
Meanwhile, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton fought his way through the field and finished a very respectable 3rd, despite only having completed four overtaking manoeuvres throughout the race due to the various safety cars, pit stops, and of course the red flag.
At the end of the day through, Rosberg was able to take advantage of Hamilton not being on the front row and was able to take a fairly routine victory despite all of the carnage behind him. This allowed him to close the gap to Hamilton in the championship with eight races still to go. The question is, can he keep up the momentum?
Next time on Formula 1: Monza, Italy