F1 Belgium 2010

August 30, 2010 by Aaron in Formula 1

It’s been a while since I posted a recap of the past F1 race but I couldn’t pass up commenting on my favorite F1 track of all, Spa Francochamps in Belgium. This track is surrounded by history on and off the track. Nestled within the Ardennes forest where some of the most historic WWII battles occured, Spa was one of the original Formula 1 tracks on the calendar in 1950, just a few years after the war. This is also one of a few tracks that actually still resembles it’s original layout and looking like a proper road course winding through natural terrain of the land.

Now on to the events of last weekend. Another feature of Spa is it’s unpredictable weather that always calls for an eventful race. Last weekend was no exception with wet/dry conditions causing crashes and strategy calls to keep us all entertained.

Again, Red Bull was on pole with Webber but a poor start and dropped him a couple spots before the first corner. Red Bull has the pace but it’s always something that prevents them from converting good qualifying into race wins.

In the middle of the race, Vettel’s inexperience showed again when he lost control trying to overtake Button and speared straight into the side of him taking Button out of the race. Vettel was able continue but ended up with a drive-through penalty, which is fair because it was a pseudo racing incident, something unintentional but caused by some poor judgement.

In the end, Lewis took the checkers driving a clean race and keeping out of trouble while Webber reaped the benefits of Vettel and Button’s mishaps to place second. It seems like it’ll be Reb Bull – McLaren battle going into the last rounds of this season with Lewis and Webber fighting for the championship. Ferrari has just been messing around in the top ten and can’t seem to get it together and run a clean tidy race weekend.

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