Here are the results of round 13 of the prediction game. This was a low scoring round obviously caused by many regular points and podium finishers not having the best of races. The highest score of this round belongs to Velvet Demon and zoohead – 20 points !
Lewis Hamilton - 2010 Belgian GP
Lewis Hamiltonn won the dry wet dry wet Belgian GP just ahead of Mark Webber and Robert Kubica. Felipe Massa finished 4th, Adrian Sutil 5th ahead of Mercedes duo Rosberg and Schumacher. Sebastian Vettel ended his incident filled race outside of the points in 15th place. The other two championship contender failed to finish the race – Alonso retired after a spin on the wet track, Button after a hit from Vettel.
2010 Belgian GP Race result:
1. Hamilton – McLaren
2. Webber – Red Bull +1.5
3. Kubica – Renault +3.4
4. Massa – Ferrari +8.2
5. Sutil – Force India +9.0
6. Rosberg – Mercedes +12.3
7. Schumacher – Mercedes +15.5
8. Kobayashi – Sauber +16.6
9. Petrov – Renault +23.8
10. Liuzzi – Force India +34.8
2010 Belgian GP - Qualifying
Mark Webber will start the 2010 Belgian GP from pole position. Lewis Hamilton will line up next him on the front row. Robert Kubica finished third, behind him Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Rubens Barrichello, Adrian Sutil, Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso.
Mark Webber was the fastest driver in the final practice session in Belgium, ahead of Hamilton, Vettel, Button, Kubica, Alonso, Massa, Sutil, Hulkenberg and Kobayashi. (Photo: Bridgestone Motorsports)
Fernando Alonso - 2010 Belgian GP - Friday Practice
The F1 summer break is over, the Belgian GP weekend begins today with Friday practice.
Fernando Alonso was fastest in the wet morning practice ahead of Hamilton, Kubica, Vettel and Sutil.
Friday Practice 1 Times:
The F1 summer break is almost over, the racing resumes this weekend in Belgium. It is time for round 13 of our prediction game.
Giancarlo Fisichella celebrates first podium and points for Force India
The only previous Belgian GP winner on the grid – Kimi Raikkonen – won the 2009 Belgian GP. This is the first Ferrari win of the season and Raikkonen’s first win since 2008 Spanish GP. We have the 6th different race winner in last 6 races …
Giancarlo Fisichella converted his pole position to 2nd place, the first points and first podium for Force India. The final podium place belongs to Sebastian Vettel. Kubica finished 4th, Heidfeld 5th, Kovalainen 6th.
Rubens Barrichello managed to bring the car home in 7th, despite his car throwing blue smoke out for final 3 laps (and flames once it slowed down in the pitlane). The final point scoring place belongs to Nico Rosberg.
Jenson Button retired on lap 1 after collision with Romain Grosjean. His championship lead is now only 16 points.
2009 Belgian GP race result:
Mighty Eau Rouge at Spa Francorchamps
The Belgian GP post qualifying weights have been made public by FIA. Giancarlo Fisichella is the second lightest on the grid after the lightest car of Rubens Barrichello. Trulli, Heidfeld and Raikkonen are fueled for about 2 laps more than Fisichella, Barrichello and Kubica. It will be interesting to watch the heavier Red Bulls, Rosberg, Hamilton and Button trying to climb up the order as the race develops …
Post qualifying weights Belgium:
Fisichella’s pole position in Begium is the maiden pole for the Force India team. They still have a race to do but that does not mean they can’t celebrate on Saturday. Here are few photos of Force India pole position celebrations (courtesy of Force India F1 team).
Pole position for Giancarlo Fisichella and Force India
Giancarlo Fisichella will start the 2009 Belgian GP from pole position ! What a result for Force India. P2 belongs to Jarno Trulli, P3 to Nick Heidfeld, P4 for Rubens Barrichello.
Sebastian Vettel will start from row 4 (P8), Mark Webber from row 5 (P9). Let’s see what the post qualifying weights (click here) will reveal when they are published few hours later.
1. G. Fisichella – 1:46.308
2. J. Trulli – 1:46.395
3. N. Heidfeld – 1:46.500
4. R. Barrichello – 1:46.513
5. R. Kubica – 1:46.586
6. K. Raikkonen – 1:46.633
7. T. Glock – 1:46.677
8. S. Vettel – 1:46.761
9. M. Webber – 1:46.788
10. N. Rosberg – 1:47.362
The final practice session did not make us any smarter. Heidfeld, Trulli, Sutil, Grosjean, Glock, Kubica – these are the top 6 drivers in FP3. Rosberg seems to have finally found some pace in his Williams and finished in 7th. The reliability worries continue for Red Bull – this time it was Mark Webber’s turn to experience engine problems … Luca Badoer was only 6 tenths slower than Kimi Raikkonen.
The sky was getting darker and darker towards the end of FP3, the qualifying may be interesting …
Jarno Trulli finished the first practice session on the top of time sheets ahead of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Toro Rosso drivers took 4th and 5th places. The times however do not tell us much as the session was affected by rain and changing track conditions. The winner probably is the “running-out-of-engines” Sebastian Vettel who could almost sit out the whole session and save some engine mileage without really loosing much valuable track time. There were also some silly rumours flying around the airwaves during the session, the silliest of all suggesting Alonso’s return to McLaren … Silly season in full swing …