Here are the results of Round 12 of our 2009 Prediction Game. We had few predictions for Raikkonen’s win and Vettel’s fastest lap but surprise surprise, not a single prediction for Fisichella on pole. The winner of this round is Ozzi with 17 points. Wil is still at the top of the provisional standings after 12 rounds.
Round 12 results:
Was this all carefully planned by Renault ?
Bizzare, bizzare … And I am not talking about the pole position or podium for Force India. FIA confirmed that an investigation is underway regarding the crash in Singapore last year by Nelson Piquet that resulted in above pictured safety car period that seriously contributed to the unexpected and lucky race win the Renault driver.
“The FIA can confirm that an investigation is underway regarding alleged events at a previous world championship race.”
I was there in Singapore watching the race from the grandstands with my friends. We joked about the conveniently timed crash by Renault driver that helped the other, we joked. Who would want to believe that someone can be mad enough to ask a driver to smash his car into the wall.
Now it looks like some fresh evidence has surfaced and FIA decided to step in. One can wonder if the sudden attention a year old accident is getting may have anything to do with the recent unhappy departure of Nelson Piquet from Renault F1 team.
This is going to get interesting … I am also interested to see how will Renault the company react to this…
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).