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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.

Race Review

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.

Race Results

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
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One response

  1. Good season so far – will be fun to see if it can keep momemtum. Little surprice by Ferarri, too.

    August 31, 2010 at 3:48 pm

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