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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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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 44
2. Webber 44
3. Kubica 44
4. Massa 44
5. Sutil 44
6. Rosberg 44
7. Schumacher 44
8. Kobayashi 44
9. Petrov(R) 44
10. Liuzzi 44
11. de la Rosa 44
12. Buemi 44
13. Alguersuari 44
14. Hulkenberg(R) 43
15. Vettel 43
16. Kovalainen 43
17. di Grassi(R) 43
18. Glock 43
19. Trulli 43
20. Yamamoto 42
R Alonso 37
R Button 15
R Senna(R) 5
R Barrichello 0

Time of Race
1:29:04.268

Margin of Victory
1.571 sec.

Safety Car
2 for 4 laps

Lead Changes
1 among 1 driver

Lap Leaders
Lewis Hamilton

Fastest Race Lap
Lewis Hamilton

Pole Position
Mark Webber

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 182
2. Webber 179
3. Vettel 151
4. Button 147
5. Alonso 141
6. Massa 109
7. Kubica 104
8. Rosberg 102
9. Sutil 45
10. Schumacher 44
11. Barrichello 30
12. Kobayashi 21
13. Petrov(R) 19
14. Liuzzi 13
15. Hulkenberg(R) 10
16. Buemi 7
17. de la Rosa 6
18. Alguersuari 3

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 330
2. McLaren 329
3. Ferrari 250
4. Mercedes 146
5. Renault 123
6. Force India 58
7. Williams 40
8. Sauber 27
9. Toro Rosso 10
 
 

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