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Posted on 08/25/2011 3:56:04 PM PDT by Chode
2011 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
Date: Sunday 28 August
Lap length: 4.352 miles
Race laps: 44
2010 winner: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
First grand prix: 1924
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Jenson Button has praised Mercedes' driver Michael Schumacher as he prepares to celebrate his 20th anniversary in the sport at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix and the McLaren driver has not ruled out the prospect of equalling the German's feat himself.
Full story: Metro
Meanwhile, BBC F1 chief analyst and former team boss Eddie Jordan says he probably wouldn't have given Schumacher his first Formula 1 start in Belgium in 1991 had he known the German had never driven the Spa Francorchamps circuit before.
Full story: The Sun
Ferrari, the team Schumacher won five of his seven world championships with between 2000 and 2004, say they have a surprise in store for their former charge at Spa to celebrate his anniversary. "We have prepared a little something to mark this occasion," said team boss Stefano Domenicali cryptically.
Full story: Ferrari
Reflecting on his first time in a F1 car, when he tested a Jordan at Silverstone three days before competing in practice at Spa, Schumacher admits to initial doubts about his ability. "On the first lap, I thought to myself: 'Maybe you've bitten off more than you can chew.' But on the second lap, I was more relaxed. By the third, I had forgotten my doubts and felt comfortable in the car."
Full story: Mercedes
Scot Paul di Resta is determined to prove his seventh place finish in Hungary was not a one-off. After a run of eight races without a point, the Force India driver produced his best drive of the season in Budapest and following the summer break, Di Resta believes the car has the pace to to replicate that performance at Spa.
Full story: Daily Mail
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has backed the decision to ban the use of the DRS overtaking device through Eau Rouge at this weekend's race. On Monday, FIA race director Charlie Whiting deemed the device too dangerous to use through the famous high speed corner in practice and qualifying.
Full story: Ferrari
Double world champion Fernando Alonso spent his summer vacation relaxing with family and friends and cycling in Spain's Asturias region. The Ferrari driver is raring to get back on track and insists the team have not "thrown in the towel" in the fight for the drivers' championship.
Full story: Ferrari
Belgian GP organisers have modified their circuit ahead of this weekend's race with the Rivage hairpin being widened on the grounds of safety. They have also replaced the corner's gravel trap with an asphalt run-off area.
Full story: GP Update
Former Minardi owner Giancarlo Minardi has called on the sport's governing body to give new young drivers more opportunities to break into the sport.
Full story: Crash.net
Virgin reserve driver Sakon Yamamoto will DJ at the next F1 Rocks afterparty which will return to Milan during next month's Italian Grand Prix.
Full story: Formula1.com
Is that Jimmy Clark leading?
I believe it is Graham Hill leading in a BRM. Jim Clark did win that year though!
My favorite track, too. Too bad they neutered Eau Rouge...
Looks like Graham Hill, then Stewart, Surtees (?) in the Honda, a Brabham (Jack or Hulme), Ferrari (who?), then Clark.
Very cool. ‘Love the hay bails at the wall after the 1st turn.
|8||14||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:51.725||1.404||18|
|9||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:51.751||1.430||9|
#5 is 1965
What year is #4 ???
I noticed wings on the front in #4, and the missing Martini sign below the BP sign, convincing me they are two different years.
I think it is 1970
|15||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||2:06.000||2:07.777||12|
|18||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||2:07.758||8|
|DNQ||7||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes||No time||1|
|Q1 107% Time||2:10.339|
Just finished watching Q on the DVR. Man, Alguersuari and Senna came out of no where for these qualifying sessions.
Too bad about Schumi crashing. Looked like his wheel came off?
His first lap in the first quali, I can’t recall if it was a warm-up lap or his first timed lap. It looked like it just came off, and then he went flying into the wall. Perhaps a suspension failure.
He sounded as calm as if he was having Sunday coffee on the radio afterwards. No wonder he won the championship 7 times.
|2||2||Mark Webber||RBR-Renault||44||+3.7 secs||3||18|
|3||4||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||44||+9.6 secs||13||15|
|4||5||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||44||+13.0 secs||8||12|
|5||7||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes||44||+47.4 secs||24||10|
|6||8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||44||+48.6 secs||5||8|
|7||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||44||+59.7 secs||15||6|
|8||6||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||44||+66.0 secs||4||4|
|9||10||Vitaly Petrov||Renault||44||+71.9 secs||10||2|
|10||12||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Cosworth||44||+77.6 secs||21||1|
|11||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||44||+83.9 secs||17|
|12||16||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari||44||+91.9 secs||12|
|13||9||Bruno Senna||Renault||44||+92.9 secs||7|
|14||21||Jarno Trulli||Lotus-Renault||43||+1 Lap||18|
|15||20||Heikki Kovalainen||Lotus-Renault||43||+1 Lap||16|
|16||11||Rubens Barrichello||Williams-Cosworth||43||+1 Lap||14|
|17||25||Jerome d'Ambrosio||Virgin-Cosworth||43||+1 Lap||20|
|18||24||Timo Glock||Virgin-Cosworth||43||+1 Lap||19|
|19||23||Vitantonio Liuzzi||HRT-Cosworth||43||+1 Lap||22|
|Ret||17||Sergio Perez||Sauber-Ferrari||27||+17 Laps||9|
|Ret||22||Daniel Ricciardo||HRT-Cosworth||13||+31 Laps||23|
|Ret||3||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes||12||+32 Laps||2|
|Ret||18||Sebastien Buemi||STR-Ferrari||6||+38 Laps||11|
|Ret||19||Jaime Alguersuari||STR-Ferrari||0||+44 Laps||6|
Whatever, that was a very entertaining race. Right up there with Canada this year.
Oh, while I'm at it, how about that move Maldonado pulled on Hamilton at the end of qualifying? Must have put a smile on Chaves' face (the other Venezualian thug).
Did you notice Michael run a +19 race on a 44 lap course?
Sebastian Vettel has strengthened his championship lead by winning the Belgian Grand Prix. The German led home team-mate Mark Webber as Jenson Button rose to third from 13th on the grid. With Alonso and Schumacher fourth and fifth, Lewis Hamilton crashed heavily in an incident with Kamui Kobayashi.
There was much drama prior to the race, with top ten qualifiers especially Red Bull complaining of blistered front tyres but not being allowed to change them. Blisters remained an issue for the field during the race, although there were few tyre-related incidents. Rain, predicted by some to hit the circuit halfway through the Grand Prix, stayed away from the legendary venue.
The start was clean for the front-runners, with Nico Rosberg seizing second place and then taking the lead from Vettel at Les Combes. At first corner La Source, drama in the midfield saw Bruno Senna clout the innocent Jaime Alguersuari, whose left-front suspension was ruined by being pushed into an escaping Alonso.
'Wonderful end to wonderful weekend' - Schumacher
Michael Schumacher produced an inspiring drive in Sundays Belgian Grand Prix, with the race marking the seven-time World Champions 20th anniversary in F1. After starting at the back of the grid due to losing a wheel in qualifying, the Germans rise to the top five included a pass on team-mate Nico Rosberg with three laps remaining.
A wonderful ending to a wonderful weekend here at Spa, the Mercedes driver commented. I think more than fifth place would not have been possible today, but making up 19 places was a good feeling.
"With all my family, friends and fans here, it was an extra motivation and I would like to thank all of them for their support. They saw an exciting race with a great strategy from our team.
So all in all, for me, there was a lot of emotion and a lot of overtaking today. At the beginning I was a bit afraid that some of the flying parts might hit and damage my car, but I was lucky that nothing happened. After that, I had big fun hunting and making my way forward.
Todays drive at Spa followed a similar performance for Schumacher last year, when he finished seventh from 21st on the grid.
Vettel retook the lead from Rosberg once DRS was enabled on Lap 3, with drivers enjoying Istanbul-like advantages from the new-for-2011 aid. Alonso climbed to second as fast-starting team-mate Felipe Massa lost ground attacking Rosberg; the Brazilian soon dropped to fifth as Hamilton took advantage at Pouhon. Massas day eventually ended in eighth, having had to pit once more than necessary for a puncture but grabbing one place from an ailing Vitaly Petrov on the final lap.
Hamiltons race ended dramatically on Lap 13. After passing Kamui Kobayashis Sauber, the Englishman attempted to retake the racing line as the duo approached Les Comes; with the Sauber still alongside, last years winner was speared into the barriers in dramatic fashion, being slightly winded by the heavy impact. The accident brought out the Safety Car as a number of drivers notably Vettel, Sutil, Schumacher and Button immediately dived for the pits to save time.
Alonso headed the field at the Lap 17 restart, with Webber (after enduring a slugging start) and Vettel both in close attendance. A lap later, Buttons rise saw an impressive two-car pass on Petrov and the Sauber of Sergio Pérez under braking for La Source. Pérez who served a Drive-Through penalty for damaging Sébastien Buemis car - later retired with suspected damage to his rear suspension, with Daniel Ricciardos HRT stopping on-track.
Vettels third and final stop came on Lap 30, with Button appearing to be favourite for victory as the German took on the slower, Medium compound tyres; however his pace proved to be adequate in overtaking the McLaren, which pitted on Lap 32 for brand-new Softs. As Vettel consolidated his lead, Alonso lost both second and third places to Webber and Button, respectively using DRS on Laps 37 and 42.
During the first pit-stop window, Webber had pulled a spectacularly courageous manoeuvre on Alonso as the pair headed towards Eau Rouge on the eighth tour, narrowly avoiding contact at high speed.
Also on Lap 42, Schumacher shooting to the top five from the very back of the grid overhauled fuel-saving team-mate Rosberg as Adrian Sutil and Force India scored six more points in seventh. Having been penalised for hitting Hamiltons car in qualifying, Pastor Maldonado successfully recovered to tenth from 21st on the grid and therefore scores his first point in Formula 1.
Vettels win means he has already scored more points than during the entire title-winning season of 2010. His 17th career victory moves him back ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the overall statistics, as the tally of Britains Stirling Moss is also bettered.
The pass that Webber pulled on Alonso heading into Eau Rouge...good grief.
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