Monday, December 20, 2010

F1: 2010 Belgian GP recap

(Kimi Raikkonen; Source:

Round 13 of 19
Spa Francorchamps, Belgium: August 29, 2010)

Can it really already be one year-plus since ‘The Kimster’s last Grand Prix victory... When Kimi Raikkonen used his might ‘N “Turbo” button (KERS) to blast past Giancarlo Fisichella’s surprisingly fast Force India chassis...

Arivaderchi Luca?

And although I have heard and read about the late Stefan Bellof, I was unaware that it was the 25th Anniversary of his death this past September 1st, which I only discovered upon returning from Indianapolis – finally being able to scour ze internets after watching the Belgian Grand Prix via the Memorex nearly one week later...

Stefan Bellof – 25 years later

Top 3 Qualifiers
Pole: Mark Webber; Red Bull
2nd: Lewis Hamilton; McLaren
3rd: Robert Kubica; Renault

Other Top 10 Qualifiers
P7) Rubens Barrichello; Williams
P8) Adrian Sutil; Force India
P9) R-Nico Hulkenberg; Williams

Top 3 Finishers
Winner: Lewis Hamilton; McLaren
2nd: Mark Webber; Red Bull
3rd: Robert Kubica; Renault

Other Point Scorers
P5) Adrian Sutil; Force India
P8) Kamui Kobayashi; Sauber
P9) R- Vitaly Petrov; Renault
P10) Vitantonio Liuzzi; Force India

Race Drive of Spa Francorchamps
Although there are other more “Established Starz” to choose from, I’m giving the nod once again to the ever improving “Rooskie,” nee Rookie Russian Gran Primo Piloto Vitaly Petrov, who started ‘Stone-last after slithering off in Q1 in the rain and then rebounding to drive all the way up to a fine ninth place finish...

Whale it seemed to be a tale of two different worlds for the pair of World Champions, as the young Louise “JAGUAR” Hamilton seemingly drove off into the Sunset, Err variable weather conditions, whilst ‘JENSE was the recipient of being center-punched by Sebastian Vettel in his haste to try chasing down the leading Hamilton as everyone was stacking up behind button...

No. 1) J. Button: Q) 5th; R) Retired: Accident (22nd)
No. 2) L. Hamilton: Q) 2nd; R) Winner
(Car No; Driver)

Name; Q-R
Button 4-4
Hamilton 9-9
(Head-to-Head Standings)

Another fairly typical weekend at Mercedes, with the younger Rosberg once again outshining his elder Teamate DER TERMINATOR, albeit both Nico dropped five Grid spots for a Gearbox change while Schuey was receiving a 10 Grid spot penalty for trying to make Rubino into a Jersey-barrier Sandwich at the Hunga-boring race. But they were helped out by a rash of time penalties being handed out for various infractions during Qualifying.

Yet, I’m guessing that Norbert Haug and Ross Brawn musta grimaced somewhat when Michael gave Nico his patented Schuey Swerve when hitting his Front wing with his rear tyre as the two tried overtaking each other! Yet both Drivers managed to persevere ‘N finish the race in the points, albeit somewhat Midpackish with Rosberg getting past his elder teammate...

No. 3) M. Schumacher: Q) 11th; R) 7th
No. 4) N. Rosberg: Q) 12th; R) 6th

Name; Q-R
Schumacher 3-3
Rosberg 10-10

Red Bull
‘Aussie Mark Webber celebrated his 34th Birthday by securing the Pole before following Hamilton home as runner-up... As I’m becoming more “N more impressed by his sheer determination & maturity, and sincerely hope he’ll be crowned World Champion at the end of the season... While his younger Teammate seems to be suffering(?) from the added pressure of trying to fend off Webber’s “Superiority,” especially since he’s supposed to be Numero Uno! And once again Master ‘Zebb seemed to suffer from over-aggressive driving, suffering not one but two race incidents before soldiering home a lowly P15...

No. 5) S. Vettel: Q) 4th; R) 15th (-1 lap)
No. 6) M. Webber: Q) Pole; R) 2nd

Name; Q-R
Vettel 7-6
Webber 6-7

It was nice once again to see Felipe Massa outshine his Double World Champion Teammate Fredrico Suave, a.k.a. Fred Alonso, as the Brazilian rolled off sixth and finished fourth; while Alonso’s race seemed scuttled by poor tyre choices while trying to guess what the weather would do? Hmm? Y’all don’t think that the Scuderia would purposely favour Massa one race ahead of the (then) upcoming World Motor Sport Councils’ meeting upon that hideous German GP Team Order Shemozzle, eh?

No. 7) F. Massa: Q) 6th; R) 4th
No. 8) F. Alonso: Q) 10th; R) Retired: Accident (21st)

Name; Q-R
Massa 4-5
Alonso 9-8

Jarno Trulli had another typically disappointing race, tangling with Virgin’s Lucas di Grassi, as both drivers seemed to blame the other, while “KOVY” (Kovalainen) actually cracked the ‘Q1 Qualie session barrier for the Team’s very first time by qualifying 16th, the highest placing of the NewBoyz this season... Then Heikki drove a typically safe race and finished in his exact starting position...

No. 18) J. Trulli: Q) 18th; R) 19th (-1 lap)
No. 19) H. Kovalainen: Q) 16th; R) 16th (-1 lap)

Name; Q-R
Trulli 6-5
Kovalainen 7-8

And the shenanigans with “Sackoe Moneyato” go on ‘N on... As I’m still wondering if this has something to due with the rumours of utilizing the stillborn Toyota TF110 chassis in 2011, as its base design? (Nah, it’s now reported that Lotus-ART has some mythical Tie-up with the Colone base...)

No. 20) Sakon Yamamoto: Q) 21st; R) 20th (-2 laps)
No. 21) R-Bruno Senna: Q) 20th; R) Retired; Suspension (23rd)

Name; Q-R
Yamamoto 0-1
Senna 3-2
Chandhok 1-1
Yamamoto 0-0
Chandhok 3-7
Senna 6-2

As mentioned, Di Grassi had a coming together with Lotuses Trulli, which effectively scuttled both Drivers’ races... But Timo Glock managed to hoist the Virgin up to P17 in the ever changing weather conditions during ‘Qualie 1 before motoring home to 18th, also notching Virgin’s first time to advance to the ‘Q2 Qualie session...

No. 24) T. Glock: Q) 17th; R) 18th (-1 lap)
No. 25) R-Lucas di Grassi: Q) 23rd; R) 17th (-1 lap)

Name; Q-R
Glock 12-7
Di Grassi 1-6