Race 13 – Belgian Grand Prix

Well, F1 was back in action this past weekend, and I did not do any predictions on Friday because I was not around a computer all day. Regardless, they would have been way off base based on the practice session, which I think we can all agree is not the best way to judge just how the actual race will be run.

The great thing about F1 now, is the unpredictability. On any given Sunday, there will be multiple people vying for the checkered flag. And when you toss in a track like Spa and the weather that almost always rears its greatly appreciated head, you get even wilder results. This past Sunday was no different, as Mark Webber started on pole position, with a bevvy of machines behind him ready to pounce and make a run on him.

It didn’t take very long to make that run either, as Webber had a horrible start, dropping immediately down to seventh after the first corner. He bogged down and had wheelspin, allowing Lewis Hamilton to roar into the lead. And as usual, the best place to be in F1 is out front, because as soon as the rain started to fall, cars further back in the pack began to bang and crash into each other because of the slippery conditions. Down at the Bus Stop chicane, it was Rubens Barrichello running into Fernando Alonso on one lap, followed by Sebastian Vettel taking out Jenson Button just a few laps later. That corner has been the scene of some real controversy over the past couple of years, and even though it is not the same corner that it used to be, it seems to be taking on a personality all its own. As the laps wound down and the rain fell on and off, it was Hamilton ahead of Webber (who made a great comeback during the race – helped out of course by some other on-track action) and Robert Kubica. Felipe Massa made up a few spots to finish in a good fourth position as well. Overall, the race was a corker with twists and turns around every bend – as it should be! If Bernie, or the region, or whoever, actually decides to rid Formula One of the majesty and prestige that is Spa-Francorchamps in the coming years, it will be a huge loss. You can take your Chinas and Valencias and even Abu Dhabis and put them to bed. Spa will forever remain one of the best spectacles in all of motor racing.

1. Lewis Hamilton

2. Mark Webber

3. Robert Kubica

4. Felipe Massa

5. Adrian Sutil

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Michael Schumacher

8. Kamui Kobayashi

9. Vitaly Petrov

10. Vitantonio Liuzzi

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