Belgian GP 2010: Hamilton Wins Battle Of The Elements
Lewis Hamilton took victory in Belgium, a race which saw the drivers fighting against inclement weather conditions which turned the race on its head. Mark Webber took 2nd place, while Renault’s Robert Kubica took 3rd to reward the team with another podium.
The Belgian Grand Prix has often been a race against the rain, and the 2010 race didn’t look like it was going to be any different. Mark Webber had a poor getaway from pole position allowing Lewis Hamilton an easy early run in to La Source and on through Eau Rouge.
Further back the drivers were concerned about running off on the first corner after the FIA said they would be hevaily penalised. Michael Schumacher made up some 4 places on the first lap, and then 5 on the second lap. Schumi back on form despite his 10 place grid penalty.
Rain came within the first few laps, and chaos ensued. Many drivers slid off on the greasy track at the Bus-Stop, where 300th Grand Prix starter Rubens Barrichello drove straight in to Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. It relegated Alonso to the back of the grid after he pitted for intermediates, a wrong choice as the weather conditions improved. He pitted again for slicks but by this time the safety car which had been brought out for Barrichello had pitted and he was plum last. Barrichello retiring a handful of laps in to his special day.
From there on, Alonso provided much of the overtaking action, literally driving around the outside of various cars. The pace of the Ferrari was evident. At the front, a hot headed Sebastian Vettel smashed in to Jenson Button, mounting the McLaren and putting the World Champion out of the race. Vettel some how recovered to the pits and continued in the race, but Nigel Mansell the acting driver steward handed him a 10 second stop/go penalty.
Rain came again late on, and nearly claimed the race of our leader Lewis Hamilton when he slid into the gravel but he just managed to keep his McLaren going. A bad stop for Robert Kubica for intermediates allowed a recovering Mark Webber to take 2nd. On the laps out, Fernando Alonso who had just banged wheels in the pitlane with title rival Vettel, who had been having a terrible race, smashed his Ferrari up and out came another safety car.
After that safety period most of the cars toured around to the end of the race which gave Hamilton another win and strengthened his title challenge but Mark Webber was still there and in with a definite shout.
Pos Driver Team Time 1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1h29m04.268s 2. Webber Red Bull-Renault +1.571 3. Kubica Renault +3.493 4. Massa Ferrari +8.264 5. Sutil Force India-Mercedes +9.094 6. Rosberg Mercedes +12.359 7. Schumacher Mercedes +15.548 8. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari +16.678 9. Petrov Renault +23.851 10. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari +29.457 11. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes +34.831 12. De la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari +36.019 13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari +39.895 14. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth +1 lap 15. Vettel Red Bull-Renault +1 lap 16. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth +1 lap 17. Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth +1 lap 18. Glock Virgin-Cosworth +1 lap 19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth +1 lap 20. Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth +2 laps Fastest lap: Hamilton, 1m49.069s Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Alonso Ferrari 38 Button McLaren-Mercedes 16 Senna HRT-Cosworth 6 Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1