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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?]

Copyright 2012 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Button 44
2. Vettel 44
3. Raikkonen 44
4. Hulkenberg 44
5. Massa 44
6. Webber 44
7. Schumacher 44
8. Vergne(R) 44
9. Ricciardo 44
10. di Resta 44
11. Rosberg 44
12. Senna 44
13. Kobayashi 44
14. Petrov 43
15. Glock 43
16. Pic(R) 43
17. Kovalainen 43
18. de la Rosa 43
R Karthikeyan 29
R Maldonado 4
R Perez 0
R Alonso 0
R Hamilton 0
R Grosjean 0

Time of Race
1:29:08.530

Margin of Victory
13.624 sec.

Safety Car
1 for 4 laps

Lead Changes
None

Lap Leaders
Jenson Button

Fastest Race Lap
Bruno Senna

Pole Position
Jenson Button

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Alonso 164
2. Vettel 140
3. Webber 132
4. Raikkonen 131
5. Hamilton 117
6. Button 101
7. Rosberg 77
8. Grosjean 76
9. Perez 47
10. Schumacher 35
  Massa 35
12. Kobayashi 33
13. Hulkenberg 31
14. Maldonado 29
15. di Resta 28
16. Senna 24
17. Vergne(R) 8
18. Ricciardo 4

  Team Pts.
1. Red Bull 272
2. McLaren 218
3. Lotus 207
4. Ferrari 199
5. Mercedes 112
6. Sauber 80
7. Force India 59
8. Williams 53
9. Toro Rosso 12
 
 

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