2012 Belgium Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Vettel gets a big break and closes the points lead, possibly setting ourselves up for a nice battle till the end.
EVENT: A proper Grand Prix venue.
QUALIFYING: After Button, one of the most bizarre (pre-penalties) lineups in a long, long time.
RACE: Outside of the initial excitement, the race was never in doubt.
TRACK: As Michael Schumacher said, "It's clearly the number one race track in the world."
START: It's been awhile since we had one of those huge first turn pile ups.
BUTTON: Domination helped by some key drivers being knocked out at the first turn.
VETTEL: Lucky not to pick up a puncture weaving through the first turn debris which resulted in putting him back in championship contention.
RAIKKONEN: Dives down the inside of none other than Michael Schumacher at Eau Rouge -- Kimi sure has big ones.
HULKENBERG: From 11th to just off the podium, he's been outshining his "shining star" teammate, Paul di Resta, lately.
MASSA: Can't say this race makes a difference for Felipe's future.
GROSJEAN: A well deserved penalty for continued boneheadedness.
ALONSO: One very, very lucky race car driver.
HAMILTON: Lewis had no reason to back off when Grosjean moved over on him.
KOBAYASHI: Sadly, Kamui's great qualifying effort went to waste thanks to a Swiss lunatic.
PEREZ: Sergio's great Saturday also went to race car parts heaven.
MALDONADO: Jumped the start just a wee bit...
SCHUMACHER: Just when you thought Michael was sticking around for another year, the rumors have him calling it quits (again) after this season. At least according to Bernie...
ROSBERG: Nico needs a bounce back race.
LOTUS: Will Lotus be able to stay ahead of Ferrari? A former Ferrari driver may be the difference.
SAUBER: Were poised for their best race in team history until they were left in shards.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Kabam!
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 7 -- The number of first lap crashes in 12 races this year for Romain Grosjean. That number will not be increased at Monza...
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first time a British driver won the Belgium Grand Prix was in 1931 when William Grover-Williams shared the victory with Italian Caberto Conelli at the 9.236-mile Spa circuit. They drove a privately entered Bugatti T51. All the cars but one had two drivers for the 88-lap, 820.458-mile race.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Fernando Alonso about the first turn crash when he had no idea it was coming, "I felt as though I had been run into by a train."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Lewis Hamilton back at it with his bitching after his teammate squashed him in qualifying, "Damn, WTF!! Jenson has the new rear wing on, I have the old."
SCHEDULE: [Editor's Note -- Will Deep Throttle be back again for the Italian Grand Prix?]
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