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2009 Belgium Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: It is by far the most wide open competition in F1 since 1982. Heck, it's like CART in their heyday...

EVENT: One of the F1 races that belong on your bucket list.

TRACK: Spa. 'Nuf said.

QUALIFYING: The craziest one, yet.

RACE: It's hard to follow the excitement of the qualifying session. But, the race did have the drama of whether Force India would fall all over themselves or actually produce a victory.

START: Bam. Boom. Crunch.

FISICHELLA: If it wasn't for a safety car period that caused a restart, Giancarlo would have won the race.

FORCE INDIA: So close. So, so close.

RAIKKONEN: How can you tell if Kimi is excited and happy? He talks every so slightly faster and ever so slightly louder. Ever so slightly.

FERRARI: Well, well, well, the prancing horse did turn out to be a winner this year. It was hard to comprehend it couldn't happen.

BADOER: We hardly knew ya, Luca.

VETTEL: Now, he's the "number one" Red Bull driver. For this week...

WEBBER: For a guy so focused on safety, Mark sure drives dangerously at times.

KUBICA: Now, that's more like it.

HEIDFELD: Ditto.

KOVALAINEN: Heikki just doesn't seem to be the guy McLaren can depend on, especially when Hamilton is out of the race.

BARRICHELLO: Two more points closer to his teammate.

ROSBERG: Would love to see Nico in a McLaren.

ALONSO: Good thing his team doesn't run the six-wheel Tyrrell design.

BUTTON: That squirt you heard is the sound of the championship slipping through the clenched hands of Jenson.

GROSJEAN: Romain, this isn't GP2.

HAMILTON: Paid the price for qualifying in the middle of the pack.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Insane.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 8 -- The first points in Force India's history.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last time there were six winners in a season was in 1982 when Keke Rosberg won the World Drivers Championship with just one victory. (Apparently, Deep Throttle's brain got fried after all that happened at Spa. Obviously, this historical fact is horribly wrong as it has happened much more recently ... like last year! We considered firing Deep Throttle, but then we figured that would make too many people happy. - Ed.)

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Giancarlo Fisichella couldn't believe it himself when his team told him he had pole position, responding, "Pole position?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Sebastian Vettel said what we are all thinking, "This championship is a bit crazy to be honest. When I was a little boy and followed the championships in Formula One, it was always pretty boring. You knew at the first race more or less who was competitive."

SCHEDULE: From Spa to Monza. This is always the best pairing of the season.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Raikkonen 44
2. Fisichella 44
3. Vettel 44
4. Kubica 44
5. Heidfeld 44
6. Kovalainen 44
7. Barrichello 44
8. Rosberg 44
9. Webber 44
10. Glock 44
11. Sutil 44
12. Buemi(R) 44
13. Nakajima 44
14. Badoer 44
R Alonso 26
R Trulli 21
R Button 0
R Grosjean(R) 0
R Hamilton 0
R Alguersuari(R) 0

Time of Race
1:23:50.995

Margin of Victory
0.939 sec.

Safety Car
1 for 4 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 4 drivers

Lap Leaders
Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, Giancarlo Fisichella, Nico Rosberg

Fastest Race Lap
Sebastian Vettel

Pole Position
Giancarlo Fisichella

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Button 72
2. Barrichello 56
3. Vettel 53
4. Webber 51.5
5. Raikkonen 34
6. Rosberg 30.5
7. Hamilton 27
8. Trulli 22.5
9. Massa 22
10. Kovalainen 17
11. Glock 16
  Alonso 16
13. Heidfeld 10
14. Fisichella 8
  Kubica 8
16. Buemi(R) 3
17. Bourdais 2

  Team Pts.
1. Brawn GP 128
2. Red Bull 104.5
3. Ferrari 56
4. McLaren 44
5. Toyota 38.5
6. Williams 30.5
7. Sauber 18
8. Renault 16
9. Force India 8
10. Toro Rosso 5
 
 

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