Sunday, August 30, 2009
BELGIUM RACE RESULTS
What can I say? I was so looking forward to the best track in the world and for McLaren to make some impact and Lewis to score some points. But what happened just a few corners after the start completely ruined it for me. But not all is lost as the race was pretty nail biting with a Force India driven by Fisichella stuck to the Ferrari's ass driven by Raikonnen.
Fisichella didn't just get pole yesterday but started the race well and would have won it if not for the safety car in response to the first lap accident. When the safety car came out, it was all over as we knew that Raikonnen would use his KERS to pass Fisi and held on to the lead all the way. But what was surprising was that the Force India car had the pace to maintain a 1 sec gap to the Ferrari all the way. In fact, without that KERS button, Fisi would have overtaken Kimi for the win.
That first lap incident was unfortunate. From what I can see from video playback on Youtube here and here and here (some might have been removed) Grosjean hit Button from behind and he spun out, although Grosjean has a different story. And Lewis was hit by Alguersuari from the side and both crashed out. Lewis took it on the chin and said it was "one of those days". Bad enough his start was bad with the anti-stall kicking in and he was overtaken by Button. Well at least Kovalainnen got some points for the team. He showed there was some long distance pace to the car, if only Lewis had a chance to show what he could do with it.
Other than that everything else was pretty normal except the fact that again BMW improved albeit too little too late. Alonso had a nightmare pitstop which took about 30 secs and had to retire due to his front left wheel having problems. I guess they didn't want a repeat at Hungary where the wheel flew off and they faced a suspension.
Bad weekend for Brawn as Button got taken out and Barrichello almost lost it as a few laps to the finish his engine was leaking oil and smoke was pouring out all the way to the finish line. But he managed to nurse the car to the finish for some valuable points. And bad for Webber as didn't get any points, just finishing out side of it. Now the title challenge gets interesting as the front runners get closer to each other with a lot more points still to play for.
01 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:23:50.995
02 G. Fisichella Force India F1 + 0.938
03 S. Vettel Red Bull + 3.875
04 R. Kubica BMW + 9.966
05 N. Heidfeld BMW + 11.276
06 H. Kovalainen McLaren + 32.763
07 R. Barrichello Brawn GP + 35.461
08 N. Rosberg Williams + 36.208
09 M. Webber Red Bull + 36.959
10 T. Glock Toyota + 41.490
11 A. Sutil Force India F1 + 42.636
12 S. Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso + 46.106
13 K. Nakajima Williams + 54.241
14 L. Badoer Ferrari + 1:42.177
Did not finish
15 F. Alonso Renault + 18 lap(s)
16 J. Trulli Toyota + 23 lap(s)
17 J. Button Brawn GP + 44 lap(s)
18 R. Grosjean Renault + 44 lap(s)
19 L. Hamilton McLaren + 44 lap(s)
20 J. Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso + 44 lap(s)