The Inside Line: Mercedes duo ride their luck

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Rosberg and Hamilton.

Yes, we’re the first ones to say it – both Mercedes drivers got lucky in Spa. Nico Rosberg won his 20th Grand Prix because of Lewis Hamilton’s grid penalties. In the same breath, we’ve got to agree that Hamilton was lucky to make it to the podium (from P21) thanks to the Safety Car period and the red flag.

Though we wonder why Lewis Hamilton didn’t win the 44th lap Grand Prix, if 44 is his lucky number! Only nine points separate the duo, which way will the remainder of the season go?

Formula One returned after the summer break with a bang at Spa – it was a race of collisions and crashes (mostly into Ferraris). Was Vettel at fault at the first corner? Vettel should have a ‘How to Overtake Max Verstappen’ class with mandatory attendance for Raikkonen.

Max Verstappen has been accused of dangerous driving, but of course the FIA won’t do anything about it. He’s THE crowd puller, at the moment. Though Niki Lauda believes that Max needs to visit a psychiatrist!

Lauda says that he will call Jos if Max does not listen – Parent Teacher Meeting for the teenager in Monza? Also, did the young sensation not win the ‘Driver of the Day’ in Spa because his entire Orange Army was at the race track? Of course, Hamilton did find support in his Barmy Army.

There’s a lot of Formula 1 to absorb in the Inside Line podcast this week, all of which you can hear below.

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