2013 Belgium Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: Red Bull has been on the verge all season of this type of domination. Now that it has happened, is it a Spa (and possibly Monza) aberration? Or, is this it for 2013?
EVENT: If Greenpeace was able to pull off a perfectly coordinated, planned well in advance protest like that, how is a major sporting event like this able to stop an actual terrorist attack?
QUALIFYING: It was all about timing, and Hamilton timed it perfectly.
RACE: Certainly, rain would have made it more interesting. Instead, we got an old fashioned runaway race with a German driver toying with the rest of the field.
TRACK: We'll quote Fernando Alonso, "One lap of Spa is like twenty at any other track, in terms of the excitement and adrenalin it generates."
START: A clean start at Spa for once, Hamilton nails it only to see Vettel nail Eau Rouge even better, and Alonso begins his march.
VETTEL: Complete and utter domination. Complete and utter.
WEBBER: There's no reason Mark could not have made it a Red Bull one-two. His time in F1 is truly over.
RED BULL: They had the perfect aerodynamic setup for Spa.
ALONSO: Fernando could not possibly have driven a better race. But it didn't matter.
MASSA: Well, Felipe did outqualify Fernando...
FERRARI: Will they actually lose their top driver? And then be forced to keep Massa?
HAMILTON: Lewis "hung on" for a podium spot.
ROSBERG: Nico "stayed" back to trail his teammate for fourth.
MERCEDES: Qualifying wonders. Race duds.
BUTTON: Somewhat competitive, for once.
PEREZ: Sergio's aggressiveness caught him out with the Stewards.
MCLAREN: Will they, too, be looking for drivers?
GROSJEAN: For a brief moment there, we thought Romain was going to repeat 2012.
RAIKKONEN: Sayonara, championship hopes.
LOTUS: You vote -- money problems, yes or no?
VERGNE: So now Jean-Eric is outqualifying Ricciardo again...
RICCIARDO: But, Daniel still appears to have the Red Bull seat. Or, is it Alonso? Or, Button? Or, even still Kimi? Or...?
MALDONADO: Force India's pinball.
DALY: Two runner-up finishes for Conor in GP3, closing to within 14 points in the championship.
ROSSI: A podium in GP2 for Alexander. A good weekend for American up and comers.
STEWARDS: Once again, FAIL! The Vergne-Hulkenberg incident did not get penalized for what Perez got penalized for. Maldonado gets a penalty, but it meant nothing under the circumstances.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Smackdown.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 27 -- The record number of consecutive point scoring races which came to an end for Kimi Raikkonen. His streak of 38 consecutive finishes is not the record. That is held by Nick Heidfeld at 41.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: We did not see a repeat of last year's crash at the start. Back in 1990, it took three attempts to start the Belgium GP. The first start saw a multi-car, chain reaction pile up in the first corner triggered by Aguri Suzuki bringing out the red flag. After the second start, Paolo Barilla had a massive crash at Eau Rouge, bringing out another red flag. The third time was a charm.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Eddie Jordan on BBC, "If someone says that we have to get rid of Spa and substitute it with another track, I will personally shoot them."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Bernie Ecclestone on whether Felipe Massa will stay at Ferrari, "They should be more worried about hanging on to Alonso..."
SCHEDULE: Monza requires similar setups as Spa, so expect the status quo in two weeks.
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