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Spa-Francorchamps

The next race is the historical Grand Prix of Belgium at the famous track Spa-Francorchamps.

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Most people expected from a race at a track where you can’t overtake that it will be a boring race. But if you think or hope that it will be a boring race, the race god comes and crosses your plans.

Sebastian Vettel’s race started perfectly. He did a good start kept the lead and ran away from Alonso… he was about 1 second per lap faster than the Spaniard and after some laps he had already a gap of 12 seconds. Everything seemed that nothing can happen that he doesn’t win this race. But then a Force India lost a huge part of its frontwing and the safety car came out. The drama of Sebastian Vettel began and the furniture at the Energy Station started getting scared.

Vettel almost passed the pit entry but luckily managed very closely to go in and take new tyres when the safety car went out on the track. Almost all other driver did the same, except Mark Webber and Rubens Barrichello. For the Aussie it was definitely a perfect decision…

So after the tyre changes, Webber was leading the race followed by Vettel and Alonso. Seb had some problems with the team radio and didn’t know that the safety car came in. He just noticed it when he saw Webber accelerating. For sure this shouldn’t have been a problem, if the gap between Webber and Vettel wouldn’t have been longer than 10 car length…

And as our dear FIA sees EVERYTHING (or get told everything by MOANING drivers, I won’t say names now) Vettel got a drive through penalty for this. In my opinion this penalty was ways to harsh and I am very sure that other drivers (especially those in red or silver cars) would have got a fine of some thousandth dollars (which means peanuts in F1 business)  if it’s a red car , or a reprimation if it’s a silver car…

Anyways Seb had to accept the penalty even if he couldn’t understand why he got it, as he asked on the team radio why he got it and he did some hand signs in the pitlane too… Luckily he came out in front of Massa so in 3rd position.

But Webber was flying… He was still on soft tyres and drove out a huge gap to Fernando Alonso of more than 20 seconds. As he needed about 18.5 seconds to make his pitstop he could stay ahead and won the race without problems.

Behind the dominating Webber, Vettel was trying to come close enough to Alonso so that he could try to overtake him. Normally this shouldn’t have been a problem as the Red Bull of Seb is much faster than the Ferrari but there are though 2 little problems. First, it’s almost impossible to overtake on the Hungaroring, second the Red Bull has one weakness: straight line speed and the only spot where you maybe can try to overtake is after the start/finish straight which is extremely long there. So Vettel finished the race 3rd.

For sure a victory would have been better points for the drivers championship chances of Vettel but as the former WDC leader Lewis Hamilton didn’t finished the race and his teammate and former runner-up in the WDC finished only 8th, it were important points to close the gap.

Would someone have thought that there will be so much action in the pitlane?? I think no. First Rosberg lost a wheel when he just left his mechanics; this wheel flew to Williams and hit there a mechanic who was in hospital afterwards. Few moments later, Kubica and Sutil crashed as Kubica wanted to leave the pits and Sutil wanted to go take new tyres. Kubica got a stop and go penalty for unsafe release.

Another dangerous situation was when Schumacher nearly pushed Barrichelo into the wall while the Brazilian was trying to overtake his former teammate. The German will get a 10 places grid penalty for the next race, which will be his home- and favourite race at Spa-Francorchamps.

The biggest winner of this week was definitely the FIA. They earned last week 100,000 $ from Ferrari as this was their penalty for blaming the sport with team orders. And this weekend first Force India got a fine of 5,000 $ for mixing up tyres, then Mercedes got today a 50,000$ fine for not fixing correctly Rosberg’s tyre and Renault got the same fine for the very unsafe release of Kubica. So in total the FIA earned 205,000$ in 8 days, excluding the fines for speeding in the pitlane during the free practices. A nice pocket money…

In the end, I just want to congratulate Webber for his win in his 150th GP and in Red Bull Racing’s 100th GP. As I mentioned in the title, it was only one winner, as Sebastian Vettel lost the win through a dubious penalty…

Well now it’s first of all the summer break ahead of us… as usual it will be a hard month without Formula 1. You don’t know how to survive this month?? We have the solution: we will bring you loads of F1 stuff during the break so you won’t get bored of the absence of F1!!

And if this is still not enough, we would really appreciate it if you could help us to make Sebastian Vettel a nice gift at Spa!!! You can read how you can join it here https://vettelfanatics94.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/sebs-present-sebs-geschenk/ and if there are still questions, don’t fear to ask me on twitter ( @vettel_fan94 ) or send us a mail to vettelfanatics94@wordpress.com .

So the next race weekend will be at Spa and it will be a very special weekend for Banu and me as we will visit the Belgian Grand Prix together!! So you can expect very hyper and great blogposts of the Grand Prix on the amazing circuit of Spa-Francorchamps!!!

I hope you enjoyed reading and stay with us the next weeks!

See you later,

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Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 70 1:41:05.571 2 25
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 70 +17.8 secs 3 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 70 +19.2 secs 1 15
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +27.4 secs 4 12
5 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 70 +73.1 secs 7 10
6 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 70 +76.7 secs 10 8
7 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 9 6
8 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 11 4
9 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 23 2
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 12 1
11 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 69 +1 Lap 14  
12 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 15  
13 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 69 +1 Lap 16  
14 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 19  
15 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 20  
16 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 18  
17 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 22  
18 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 66 +4 Laps 21  
19 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 66 +4 Laps 24  
Ret 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 23 +47 Laps 5  
Ret 11 Robert Kubica Renault 23 +47 Laps 8  
Ret 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 15 +55 Laps 6  
Ret 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 15 Accident 13  
Ret 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1 +69 Laps 17  

The Red Bulls came into this race still favourites but just slightly ahead of the Ferraris’ ; but the pace that was shown by both drivers blew all rivals and spectators away. It was indeed a 2 horse battle in the final session of Qualifying between Webber and Vettel but once again it was the 23 year old German that managed to get ahead. He out-qualified his teammate by nearly half a second but that is nothing compared to the gap that was between Vettel, Webber to Alonso was a deficit of 1.2 seconds. Webber said before Qualifying session that this was “Spain all over again” And he was right, the Red Bulls flew around while all the others could do was to make the gap smaller and make it look decent.

McLaren’s race weekend took more blows as reigning world champion Jenson Button only qualified a lowly 11th while teammate Lewis Hamilton managed to get up to the 5th just infront of Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg who was within reach of Russia’s Vitaly Petrov. For the first time in the 2010 season, Petrov out qualified teammate Robert Kubica who set a decent time of  1:21:328. Perhaps the  biggest suprise of the day came in the form of Sauber’s Kobayashi who failed to make Q2 after being held up by HRT’s Bruno Senna. Immediately after, the Japanese driver did not stop when instructed to for the FIA scrutineering. He was later given a 5-place penalty which now puts him in 23rd place just ahead of fellow countrymen Sakon Yamamoto.7-time- world champion Michael Schumacher’s bad luck is not halting as he continued not to make it into the final session. He starts tomorrow’s race in 14th place just behind Force India’s Adrian Sutil.

3rd placed man Fernando Alonso said this about his qualifying session and the pace of the Red Bulls : “I am pleased with my qualifying lap and with the performance of our car, as I don’t think I could have done better today. The Red Bulls proved to be very strong and the gap to them is certainly a surprise. Having said that, we have to remain focussed on our work and try to do the maximum, aiming at getting on the podium. We must bear in mind that the leaders in both championships are behind us on the grid and our aim is to make up ground on their points total. The start will be very important. Usually at this track, starting on the clean side brings a clear advantage, but this year we have seen good starts from the dirty side and bad ones from the clean: it will be vital to do everything as well as possible and then we will see where we are at the end of the first lap”

Sebastian Vettel paid full tribute to the team for building him a car that was “a pleasure to drive” : “It was a very good day for us. We have felt comfortable all weekend and I think we were able to improve overnight also. I said on the radio to the team on my in-lap, Mark and I were pushing hard to finish first and second, but this is your moment, enjoy it – you built this wonderful car’. It’s a pleasure to drive and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. It was quite a difficult session today. I didn’t have a good run in Q2 on the option tyre and didn’t feel 100 percent. There’s not really much you can do to the car between Q2 and Q3, just little trims, but it worked quite well and I had a lot of confidence in Q3. I was able to go quite a bit quicker, so it was a good step. I’m happy to be on pole; hopefully we have a good start tomorrow and a good race.”

Team-principal Christian Horner acknowledged both his drivers for putting on a stunning performance :  “It was a fantastic team performance today. The team and both drivers did a fantastic job to secure a dominant front row lock out. Grid position is very important here, it’s also one of the longest runs to the first corner, so we’re starting the Grand Prix in the best possible positions. Hopefully we can have a successful race tomorrow.”

Red Bull’s Vettel may start on pole tomorrow but will his run of bad starts be halted? It will all be revealed tomorrow.

Wet, action-filled! What else could make it a great F1 race?

As their new hero was starting from pole, the German public hoped that Sebastian Vettel would also win his home race. But there was another team who scored the big headlines: Scuderia Ferrari (hmm or better Cheateria Ferrari?? )

Seb had not really what you call a good start and had to block Alonso on the right, so Massa had free track on the left and jumped from 3rd to 1st.  After the first lap Massa leaded the field, followed by his teammate and on 3rd place the polesitter Vettel.  

Sebastian was the first of the frontrunners to come in for a pitstop, followed by Alonso and Massa.  Seb came out in front of the traffic whereas his teammate lost much time because he stuck in the traffic after his pitstop.

Already with the pitstops Ferrari tried to change the positions of their drivers by pitting Alonso first. Usually the teams let the driver on the better position pit first as it is an advantage, but obviously Ferrari wanted to give this advantage to Alonso who was running second behind his teammate who was leading the race.

But the strategy didn’t worked and the Spaniard was still second behind Massa. But Alonso was closing to his teammate and asked on the team radio why Massa makes no space… Well while those two where fighting, Seb could close to Alonso and nearly overtook both Ferraris but unfortunately there was a HRT at the wrong time at the wrong place and he had to slow down and lost time.

Alonso slowed down and let grow the gap to his teammate on about 3 seconds until he pushed again. When he was about 1.5 seconds behind him, Massa got a mysterious code over the team radio: “Fernando is much faster than you. Can you confirm that you understood the message?” … And a few moments later Massa slowed down drove to the left and let Alonso pass…

To be honest this was almost the only thrilling story in the race, because there wasn’t really anything anything exciting in the race.

Anyways we saw today a good old friend again… the unreliability witch at Red Bull Racing… but it was this time the Australian Webber who suffered problems so that he had to slow down a bit and like this it wasn’t any more possible for him to get a chance to pass Button.

After the team order the gap between Massa and Alonso grew while the gap between Massa and Vettel first didn’t change much then it grew on 6 seconds and then in the last sprint the German came close to the Brazilian but didn’t cam close enough to overtake him. But, typically Seb, he pushed on the last lap and gained the fastest lap of the race.

After the race everyone wanted to talk with Domenicali but the only thing he said was: “It wasn’t team order”. But other team radios to Massa like: “Good job lad, sorry” and the quote by Massa in the press conference: “I have to work for the team” proved the opposite.

And the stewards also thought that there was something illegal going on at the Scuderia and summoned the team manager and the team principal such as both drivers. But the team “only” got a fine of 100,000$ but they have to go in front of the World Motorsports Council and this often ends in harsh penalties.

Anyways I think that both drivers should have got a penalty, but that is my opinion.

Now we have one more race until the hard summer break starts!! And as you all know the next race is already next weekend and until then stay updated on interesting blogposts here!

And don’t forget to send us your part for Seb’s gift –  you can find all the details here –> https://vettelfanatics94.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/sebs-present-sebs-geschenk/

I hope you enjoyed reading the blog and join us again for the next days!!!

See you,

Your jenny

Xoxo

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 67 1:27:38.864 2 25
2 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 67 +4.1 secs 3 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 67 +5.1 secs 1 15
4 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 67 +26.8 secs 6 12
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 67 +29.4 secs 5 10
6 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 67 +43.6 secs 4 8
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 66 +1 Lap 7 6
8 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 66 +1 Lap 9 4
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 66 +1 Lap 11 2
10 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 66 +1 Lap 13 1
11 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 12  
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 8  
13 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 10  
14 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 14  
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 15  
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 65 +2 Laps 21  
17 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 65 +2 Laps 19  
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 64 +3 Laps 23  
19 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 63 +4 Laps 20  
Ret 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 56 Accident damage 18  
Ret 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 50 Suspension 24  
Ret 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 19 Mechanical 22  
Ret 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 3 Gearbox 17  
Ret 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1 Accident damage 16  

Hockenheim, the only place where the weather is just as unpredictable as Great Britain. The home race for 6 German drivers; the German public has a tough choice to pick one of them.But one of them made his mark on his home ground today and no it was’nt Michael Schumacher it was indeed “Baby Schumi” ( that’s what many people call him anyway) Sebastian Vettel followed by both Ferraris’ and teammate Mark Webber; who as the title says rues his mistake (running wide in Turn 1).

Vettel and Alonso were separated by a mere 2 thousandths of a second – an indication of Ferrari finding pace that is desperately needed for their championship campaign. Teammate Felipe Massa was a further 5 tenths behind. Mark Webber, currently third in the championship leads Jenson Button on the grid by 8 thousandths of a second. Lewis Hamilton was out-qualified by teammate but is alongside him in 5th position posting a time of 1:14:566.

Q1 was outshadowed by the crash of Vitantonio Luizzi; which caused the session to be red-flagged. But normal service resumed with the backmarkers taking their places while the suprise of the session coming in the form of Jarno Trulli’s Lotus who came within a second of Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso. Q2 saw the drop of the mid-fielders while 7-time – world champion Michael Schumacher failing to make pace to get into the final top 10 shoot-out. He qualified a lowly 11th.

About his home pole postion, Sebastian Vettel had to say: “That was extremely exciting, especially in Q3. I knew that both times I went out I only had one timed lap, so I had to get it right. It’s difficult here, there are some places that can easily lead you into a mistake on this track. If you push too much then you can lose the edge of the tyres and some time. My final lap wasn’t 100 percent perfect and there were a couple of places where I went over the limit, which cost me some time. But, in the end, it was enough”

While team-mate Mark Webber admitted that it was a mistake that had cost him pole position : “I made a mistake into Turn One on my final timed lap. I turned in a little bit late and cut the kerb, which took me out wide so I had to abandon the lap. It was a shame I couldn’t take advantage of the improving track conditions at the end of the session; it wasn’t the best day for me. I let the boys down a bit, but Seb did a good lap for pole. Fourth is still not too bad – let’s see what we can do from there in tomorrow’s race.”

2nd placed Fernando Alonso felt that this race was important to get his campaign back on track : “I am happy to be back on the front row after such a long time! We have been competitive all weekend, so this result is not a surprise: although perhaps the small gap to the Red Bull is, given that so far, even when we were close in free practice, or in Q1 and Q2, then in Q3, they always seemed to have that little bit extra. For a few races now, the F10 has improved a lot and that has finally led to us being in the fight for pole position. We have had a good Saturday, but now we have to do the same again on Sunday, as the points are only given out tomorrow”

So can Vettel translate Saturday NO1 into Sunday NO1 ? Can Schumcher improve? What will happen when the light goes out? Don’t ask me! I have no clue.

1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:15.152 1:14.249 1:13.791 22
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.808 1:14.081 1:13.793 22
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.216 1:14.478 1:14.290 24
4 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:15.334 1:14.340 1:14.347 25
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.823 1:14.716 1:14.427 23
6 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.505 1:14.488 1:14.566 20
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:15.736 1:14.835 1:15.079 23
8 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:16.398 1:14.698 1:15.109 25
9 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:16.178 1:15.018 1:15.179 25
10 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:16.387 1:14.943 1:15.339 22
11 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:16.084 1:15.026 18
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.951 1:15.084 12
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:16.521 1:15.307 17
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.220 1:15.467 16
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.450 1:15.550 11
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:16.664 1:15.588 14
17 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:16.029 1:15.974 15
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:17.583 12
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:18.300 11
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:18.343 6
21 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:18.592 10
22 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:18.952 3
23 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:19.844 11
24 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth No time 1