2010 Belgium Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Good to have Formula 1 back, and the championship continuing to heat up.
EVENT: Great race track with a great crowd, but like any other non-government supported European venue, cannot make a profit.
QUALIFYING: Vitaly Petrov crashes on his very first lap in qualifying. That definitely falls under the very, very, very ... VERY ... stupid category.
RACE: Intriguing racing, whether wet or dry.
TRACK: Bus stop chaos.
START: Nothing like rain starting to fall when the lights go out.
HAMILTON: Racing truly is a game of inches. That's the difference Lewis' mistake was from being a DNF instead of a win.
MCLAREN: Every time they are about to be counted out, they come bounding off the mat.
WEBBER: Got clutch?
KUBICA: His pit entry mistake cost him second. Still, a well earned and deserved podium spot.
VETTEL: This is starting to sound like a broken record. Sebastian screws up again. And then again. And then once more just for good measure.
BUTTON: And Jenson is Vettel's latest victim.
MASSA: Quietly got fourth.
SUTIL: Always seems to do well at Spa.
ROSBERG: Gave it right back to his teammate ... and then some.
SCHUMACHER: Once again, when the chips were down, Michael could not hold off his superior teammate.
PETROV: Aggressive as always. Sometimes it bites him (qualifying) and sometimes it pays off (race).
ALGUERSUARI: A strong run, especially in the rain, penalty not withstanding.
FERRARI: How in the world did Alonso's car remain in one piece after being rammed as hard as it was by Barrichello?
ALONSO: Overplayed the weather.
BARRICHELLO: So much for Ruben's 300th Grand Prix. Didn't last a lap thanks to his own screw up.
GP3: Canadian Robert Wickens wins the feature race despite have a severely damaged car and American Alexander Rossi takes second in the sprint race. North America is proud again.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Wet. No, Dry. No, Wet. No, Dry. No...
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 1 -- The number of points separating Red Bull and McLaren in the Constructors Championship.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Most people know the Belgium Grand Prix has been run at Spa (in various different configurations since 1925) and Zolder (10 times). However, a third circuit was used twice -- Nivelles-Baulers in 1972 and 1974, both won by Emerson Fittipaldi. It was a 2.314-mile flat, bland track near Brussels.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Jenson Button on being eliminated by Sebastian Vettel, "I have to say, I've got no idea what he was doing."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: McLaren's team principal Martin Whitmarsh on the same incident, "It's not what you'd expect to see in Formula 1; it was more reminiscent of the junior formula."
SCHEDULE: The upcoming World Motor Sport Council meeting on Ferrari's team orders penalty in the German GP has more interest from everyone right now than the Italian GP at Monza afterward.
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