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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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Sat T-Showers 16c
Sun Part Sunny 17c
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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|
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