Belgian Grand Prix Results

Well, I called both Vettel and Alonso’s finishing positions correctly this time, but that’s about all. The 2011 Belgian Grand Prix saw a frantic start to the action, and then, about halfway through, became just another normal race.

From the start, it looked like this could actually be an interesting race, and for the first 20 or so laps, it was. The run down to the first corner, La Source, is a short one, but it is very tight and there is a lot of runoff room on the other side, so many drivers go into there with too much speed to try and make the most of the run to Eau Rouge afterward. However, Bruno Senna came in way too hot and busted up Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso, causing a huge flurry of cars streaming out of the way as shards of carbon flew all over the track. In the end, the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg made an impressive getaway from fifth to first, with the Ferrari’s of Massa and Alonso following closely behind championship leader Vettel. Mark Webber, in the other Red Bull, made his typical horrible start and bogged down from third to eighth.

As the race progressed, it became apparent that Vettel had made the correct call on his choice of tires, despite all of the blistering that was occurring on his front tires. The Ferrari of Fernando Alonso looked to be in the pound seat for a good podium, but the car came under fire from both Mark Webber and Jenson Button to end up fourth. It’s so odd that the Ferrari does really well at the beginning of the race, but can’t hold station. However, Jenson made the most of his starting position of 13th to end up third. The biggest loser of the day has to be Lewis Hamilton, who was another person to be in a great position for either the win or, at the very least, a nice podium, but didn’t realize he wasn’t all the way by Kamui Kobayashi, and the two came together spectacularly at Les Combes. The best drive of the day, aside from Button, has to go to Michael Schumacher. In this, his 20th year in the sport, he started from 24th and dead last, to quietly come all the way up to fifth! That is a hell of an effort and one that just goes to show that maybe he still has something left in the tanks after all. Here then, is how they finished.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Mark Webber

3. Jenson Button

4. Fernando Alonso

5. Michael Schumacher

6. Nico Rosberg

7. Adrian Sutil

8. Felipe Massa

9. Vitaly Petrov

10. Pastor Maldonado

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