Magnussen crash halts Belgian Grand Prix

Kevin Magnussen - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

A heavy crash for Kevin Magnussen at Raidillon has caused the Belgian Grand Prix to be suspended under a red flag with just nine laps in the books, as they need to repair the barriers.

The Renault Sport F1 driver lost control of his RS16 on the exit of Eau Rouge, and went backwards into the barriers at high speed, with his car disintegrating around him, and although the Dane was able to get out of the car unaided, he looked to be hobbling somewhat.

The race was initially neutralised behind the safety car, but with the barriers on the outside of one of the fastest corners in the world looking second hand, it was decided to halt the race as they brought a tractor onto the track in order to fix the barriers.

Nico Rosberg was leading the race from Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg when the red flags flew, with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton fourth and fifth having started at the back of the field following their many engine changes this weekend.

There had already been drama at La Source on the opening lap, when Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel collided, with all three drivers heading into the pits for repairs.