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most famous views in Formula One, the famous Eau Rouge corner at Spa
in Belgium. This season has been dominated so far by Sebastian
Vettel. You get the feeling that with eight races left this year, if
anybody is going to challenge him, they need to start right now. And
85 point lead over Mark Webber, his teams, the constructors'
championship. Red Bull has dominated this season, but will
they dominate this weekend? All the reaction from the rays coming your
way. But we know that Red Bull love Santon -- Saturdays. Rain or shine,
Spa always throws up some surprises. Nobody expected a shock quite so
soon in qualifying. Michael Schumacher's car shared a wheel as
he left the pit lane, leaving him with no control as he smashed into
the barriers. There is no reason to blame anybody. We all try our best
and we are all humans. Paul Di Resta was also left as a spectator
and not a happy one. The team chose to bring me in and said that we
were safe and we should box. I got back to the pit stop and they told
me that somebody was quicker. They called me back to the pit. I am not
aware of the situation, I just do what I am ordered. Adrian Sutil
made the smallest of errors, with the biggest of consequences. Debris
on the track saw the red flag come out, but with only six minutes on
the clock, there was everything to play for. Jenson Button got his
timing is wrong and was the next big name to fall.
misunderstanding. I did my first lap. Then I called the tyres, not
knowing I had no more laps left. That must have been very
disappointing and a big shock. an incident between Lewis Hamilton
and Pastor Maldonado, with their own versions of what happened.
what I saw in the car it was quite dangerous. I have never seen that
happen and never had that experience since I have been racing
since I was in go-karts. I need to look at the footage. I don't know
whose fault it was and whether anybody is to blame. Lewis Hamilton
said that you swiped across the front of him. Do you agree? I don't
know. The stewards decided to give Pastor Maldonado a five grid
penalty and reprimanded Lewis Hamilton. He managed to put his car
in second place on the grid for the third qualifier. Fernando Alonso
could only manage 8th behind the Renault of Bruno Senna. Oh it was
really good and we were really happy. I was expecting top 10 in
qualifying. The conditions helped a lot. I was pushing very hard and I
managed to do the lap faster than one it was drier. Another driver
that was smiling was Jaime Alguersuari. I am happy for my team.
I am happy to bring the points home and to carry on fighting in the
championship. The track dried out quickly as the cars went round and
pole position was traded between the usual suspects. Mark Webber was
kept off the front row of the grid by Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate
Sebastian Vettel managed his 9th pole position of the season. I am
very pleased. In the years before I messed up. I was not really happy
after qualifying. Today, the lap came together well with no mistakes
and everything was right. Sebastian Vettel detained at Spa to get the
top spot. There is Hamilton was alongside with Mark Webber looking
for his first win of the year in third. Jaime Alguersuari got a
career-best 6th place. Sergio Perez has never started so high in the
grid in 9th. Jenson Button will be hoping for rain. He starts in 13th
with Barrichello alongside. Pastor Maldonado's 5 place penalty meant
that he started 21st. Of the 20th anniversary of his debut in Formula
One, Michael Schumacher props up the grid. They have put on a
different engine mapping to spend those rear wheels up and get a
maximum temperature into the rear tyres. Ready to launch their 640
kilogram cars plus fuel. We have a lot of smoke going on. I think that
is the Mercedes. The drivers have made the way through the valleys to
the harder earned grids lots. It is narrow and short on the pit
straight. Five lights and then the hairpin awaits the Grand Prix.
Under way. Sebastian Vettel gets away well. Mark Webber just did not
get going again. Felipe Massa into second place now. Contact behind.
That is a Toro Rosso. I think the two Lotus has got together. The
second Ferrari of Fernando Alonso coming back onto the track from the
run-off area. Sebastian Vettel leads from the immensely fast start.
Nico Rosberg and Ben Lewis Hamilton. Lots of contact that the first
corner. We have to see the replay. That is Nico Rosberg going around
the outside of Sebastian Vettel in to turn one. Nico Rosberg takes the
lead in the Grand Prix with amazing straight-line speed. What bravery
from him in the first few corners. Looking to lead. Jenson Button is
up to 12th place on the grid. Mark Webber is between the Saubers. He
is in 8th place. As he did last year, and absolutely dismal start
for Mark Webber. Felipe Massa ahead of followers Hamilton. Yellow flags
out, presumably in the first corner. I will give you a quick run-down.
Nico Rosberg leads, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber
in eight. Jaime Alguersuari got that broken track run at the first
corner and the broken front wing. Michael Schumacher already up to
15th from the 24th grid slot. He manages to stay clear of the
trouble. Some very good starts. Bruno Senna dropping down to No. 14.
Lewis Hamilton is defending from Fernando Alonso, I think. Fernando
Alonso on the attack. Felipe Massa Barrichello. The HRT team in 17th.
Fernando Alonso is so much faster. He steams past the McLaren. There
has Hamilton fancies looking back. Fernando Alonso defence well. No
DRS at this point of the Grand Prix. The speed that he has. It looked
like he had deployed DRS and the car was going 15 kilometres per
hour faster. A new nose fitted there after that contact. Not a
great start to the Grand Prix for him. There was so much contact at
turn one. Cava Linehan has pitted and well. -- Heikki Kovalainen.
Felipe Massa is hanging on very well. That bodes well. Fernando
Alonso is past Lewis Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton down to 5th place.
Sebastien Buemi looks next up after Lewis Hamilton. The yellow flags
are out. Alguersuari returns the car. This might not be bad for
Sebastian Vettel, to be held to that slower pace behind Nico
Rosberg. Any fear of overheating the front tyres is kept at bay.
That car is not as fast as it would normally go. I expect with DRS
going to be available within the one-second window, he should be
able to pull if he is sliding around in that turbulence,.
going to be able to ball past Rosberg. Not if he is going to be
in that turbulence. Sebastian Vettel has the speed at the top of
the hill. He takes the lead comfortably. Sebastian Vettel back
in front. DRS is enabled, as we know. Look at the top four, covered
by under two seconds. Hamilton struggling to hold on. Mark Webber
just did not get away. It looks like he got into anti-stall again.
This is the action at the first corner. Bruno Senna has gone in.
Fernando Alonso was attacked as well. Bruno Senna went into deep on
the brakes. He hit the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari. They almost
connected with Fernando Alonso. I anti-stall, just as you said. That
is to stop the engine dying, but then he had to pull the clutch in
again, but by the time he had done that he had been swamped. This is
Bruno Senna, a little bit race rusty. Alguersuari is minding his
own business in the middle of the track. He got a proper thumbed
there. It has broken his suspension. Jenson Button's front wing is
damaged, so much so that they are bringing him in for a pit stop to
put a new nose on. The softer tyres fastest lap of the race. Jenson
Button is getting his new knowns as well. Sebastian Vettel does 55.7.
Two seconds quicker. Fernando Alonso is looking at Felipe Massa
but it does not work out. Felipe Massa has DRS available. Fernando
Alonso is getting 20 kilometres. It is stalemate. Fernando Alonso must
be putting double DRS. Up to 18,000 revolutions. This is only lab four
and so much chaos. Everywhere you looked there was a different
accident going on. Absolutely extraordinary. I wonder if there
will be a replay of what the radio message said! It is there to give
team instructions. It looks like Fernando is the faster Ferrari.
Bull are in trouble with their tyres. Trouble for Mark Webber to
come in there and put on the median tyre. McLaren not so. Jenson Button
able to run on that tyre. They are discussing in the pit whether they
need to bring in Sebastian Vettel. When are the blisters going to get
bad enough? His pace is good but surely it is just a matter of time?
the moment. They seem to have stabilised. You can only see your
front tyres in the slow corners, can't you? Fernando Alonso in the
them. It is a better run. And he has gone into deep! Can Felipe
Massa come back underneath? Lewis Hamilton surely has a chance? And
he does! He comes off the corner much better and has to almost touch
the grass. And smoke coming off the back, at Felipe Massa challenging
for second place, but he goes down to fifth place in three corners.
open race for Ferrari. A great move from Fernando Alonso pushing his
team-mate as wide as he could. That almost ended in tears for them. A
golden opportunity for Lewis Hamilton because it looked like he
was struggling to keep pace with the Ferraris for a few laps. This
is the replay, Fernando Alonso comes hard off the top of the hill
and down on the inside. That used to be gravel! Last year he would
have been bouncing through it. Lewis Hamilton would have deployed
KERS. And that is as aggressive as Felipe Massa can get away with.
they are putting on another set of the fresh tyres, and that is
different to what happened with Mark Webber, is it not? We think
they put them the a gym compound on Webber's car, but they have put the
soft ones on. So Sebastian Vettel pits early to put on second tyres,
so Nico Rosberg it is in the lead. A broken gear wing on the Toro
Rosso as he is going through and they have to radio and immediately.
-- rear. It is so dangerous. And they have to call him in. Sergio
Perez has already pitted with no front wing. So much action going on
a off-screen up. This is for the lead. -- off-screen. How long will
they keep their tyres going for? It does seem these blistered tyres
have really heard Red Bull at the moment more than anybody else,
which is why I am sure the likes of McLaren and especially Ferrari are
saying, if you cannot let them change their suspense and -- best
suspension tyres. It is questionable if fresh tyres are
less likely to blister. Red Bull do not need to win this Grand Prix to
win the Championship, so maybe they are just being cautious and have
listened to the driver saying for tyre was opening up, and that could
be... That is Fernando Alonso. Nico Rosberg has great top speed. Even
with the KERS available, they are not making much headway. A drive
through for Bruno Senna and for Timo Glock, so two drivers having
already pitted for damage have to drive through there pit at a cost
of about 16 seconds. -- the pit. Once you have got a momentum, add
nothing else for the other driver to do except try view of the road
and that is not an option at 200 miles per hour. Fernando Alonso
weeds the Belgian Grand Prix on lap 7. I am enjoying this, tremendous!
-- Leeds the Belgian Grand Prix. He started in eighth place on the grid
and already has a comfortable lead. There is a long way to go in this
race. Jenson after that pit stop... That is normally when that the
blisters, the rubber will erupt. -- the blisters. The right side is
also blistered and he will fear that. This is quicker than Nico
Rosberg, but he is driving a fantastic defensive race and I do
not think they expected to read this Grand Prix after Friday and
Saturday. -- to lead. Lewis Hamilton having to get out of the
throttle. His old karting team mate, Nico Rosberg, ahead of him.
almost thought he was heading for the pits, he took such a tight turn
to the right! And wondered if he would sell him a dummy, but he went
left early. I have seen worse blisters than that on tyres, but
they are new to Formula One and you do not know what they will do. And
surely Lewis, with that wing wide- open, will go down the outside? And
he is into second place. About his front tyres will not feel so bad
now! That will make his car feel a lot better. This is interesting,
only 9.6 seconds off the lead is Sebastian Vettel in sixth place
having made that pit stop, that cost him about 20 seconds. And we
watch him passing Kamui Kobayashi. He is now in fifth place. What you
said it is interesting, David. Red Bull are not under pressure to win
everything, they might be taking a more cautious approach. But having
made that pit stop, Sebastian Vettel is looking a handy and is
less than 10 seconds away from this battle for the lead, and they have
yet to stop. We can expect them to come in the next two, 5 laps.
Getting to the end of the usable life of those tyres. Felipe Massa
shaping up on Nico Rosberg or who is losing a lot of pace and a lot
of position. -- Nico Rosberg. And that is the last 60 mile an hour
she came. -- chicane. Lewis Hamilton leads now. Soft tyres are
going on. The same concept they are using with Sebastian Vettel. They
have new tyres available as they only used once set. -- one that set.
And he comes out just in front of Mark Webber so it has worked out
well for Webber, and he fancies a run a. And they are so close, and
along so had to yield, and just as well he did! -- and Fernando Alonso.
I thought that was going to be an almighty coming-together!
Incredibly moved from Mark Webber. He was 35 -- he is 35 years old and
he was not moving. He goes down the inside and he is not going to give!
They did any retouch, that is incredible! Ahmad -- Fernando
Alonso saved from an almighty accident. The throttle pedal was
not coming up for Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton is going to pit.
They do not look too bad. There was some blistering around the outside
edge, I do not think they are concerned about construction, but
when you start to break that surface, they just do not know.
Very high which -- average speed, so you do not want to experiment
too much. So they are being cautious. Nico Rosberg is now in
the pits. That was long, wasn't it? It seemed that way. He has gone to
the soft tyre, but if they are blistering, why are they not going
to the more Secure compound? Because of a lap time of said. But
-- the option tyre is over a second quicker. Blistering is a concern,
but not for our overall lap time. You do not want to give away that
performance of running on the other tyre for too long. That was a past
for position as he -- and he is in fourth place, passing Kamui
Kobayashi. -- a pass for position. He can use the DRS because he was
it -- he was within his second... And contact! Lewis Hamilton into
the barriers! Kamui Kobayashi came back on the outside of him and
Lewis clearly not a way he -- clearly not aware he was there.
Lewis Hamilton out of the Grand Prix! He thought he had completed
the past but Kamui Kobayashi was coming back at him, and he still
had the DRS wide open. Bizarre Kamui Kobayashi had so much top
speed, he did not have his DRS open because he could not, he was being
passed by Lewis. I am sure Lewis will be all right, no big impact.
The safety car is out. Very bad news for Lewis Hamilton. Good news
for all the runners concerned about blistering tyres. It does not -- it
just does not seem to be lucky this year for them. I do not think he
was at fault. This is a replay. has already made the move. Going
down the hill, he thinks he has the move done, but he goes over to take
his normal racing line. A big initial impact. I agree with you,
he should not be too seriously injured. And Red Bull are using for
safety car opportunity to make what could be effectively a free pit
stop out of them losing track position. Having seen it again, how
do you apportion blame and that incident? It did not look like
Lewis was moving back across the left so he was still giving him
space. That is the Red Bull team. It looked like Kamui Kobayashi
started to to an end before Lewis had started to turn in, and you
cannot do that. -- to turn in a. I think we need a few more camera
angles. But not a good afternoon for Lewis Hamilton. It seemed as if
Lewis had not recognised Kamui Kobayashi was coming back at him, I
think he thought he had passed him. I do not understand why Kamui
Kobayashi thought he could go round the outside of him, he would have
to filter in. So I think he will think it was a missed opportunity.
So why was Kamui Kobayashi but in his car there in the first place
and not falling into line? If you would lose less time. When you are
overtaken can make you accept that and try and minimise the time masts,
because if you can not lose time, that could be crucial to pass the
guy again for maybe win the race. But a barrier has separated the
front of that car, it has made impact. Lewis is looking right at
the Apax, he's not looking in his left hand mirror. -- the apex. He
thinks he is ahead. But he was not moving to the left, Kamui Kobayashi
started to move in. We need to say that -- to see that again. What is
the direction of travel relative to the inside of the track for name of
-- for Lewis? That is why those noses are so heavily crash tested.
They do what they should, to absorb the energy. This is the 10th
Belgian Grand Prix at Spa that has recent think. A high-speed nature
means when you do have an accident, it is serious. But that line is
before the first corner and you can overtake over that, and it will be
a drag race down to the first corner. And Sebastian Vettel is
going up the inside of Mark Webber. Webber maintains position as we
seen Spain -- as we see Sergio Perez on the inside, and Vitaly
Petrov. No contact this time around. And Fernando Alonso comfortably
leads from the two slightly squabbling Red Bulls. A
reinvigorated Nico Rosberg with fresh tyres. Adrian Sutil behind
him, Nico Rosberg did keep his position. And Nico Rosberg goes
down the outside of Felipe Massa, the two Red Bulls very close to the
Ferrari. Jenson Button now in tenth place having passed Rubens
Barrichello, but still a long way to go, as his engineer told him.
Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Webber. Vettel has made his way
past his team-mate and Nico Rosberg those fresher tyres. He will be
lined up to pass Fernando Alonso in this lap. Michael Schumacher is now
in 9th place. He started 24th on the grid. Michael Schumacher making
his way through and staying out of trouble, it must be said. He has
pitted twice, Sebastian Vettel has pitted twice and so has Jenson
Button. There was a clash at Blanchmont in the Grand Prix last
Fernando Alonso. Vitaly Petrov has to get out of here! Sergio Perez
loses two places. Sebastian Vettel is down the outside of Fernando
Alonso. Will he be able to break around the outside? He does.
Fernando Alonso being kind, I think. They are both using KERS, if we
believe the graphic. On the straight, diminishing returns at
high speed. Lewis Hamilton sadly becomes a spectator. Four
retirements from the race. I wonder how he sees that incident with
Kobayashi. What about this? Sebastian Vettel over the top of
the hill. He is so happy with the grip of these tyres. Wheel-to-wheel
action. He left Fernando Alonso a bit of room in case he was thinking
of coming back up the inside. scenario at Ferrari is that they
believe they can make one last stop than Sebastian Vettel. That is
reflected in the fact that Fernando Alonso seems to be doing pretty
well in these tyres. They are quite old now. His flat tyres are very
good. 52.9, comparable to Sebastian Vettel. They tell me their other
advantage is that when Sebastian Vettel runs out of soft tyres,
Fernando Alonso will have another set. So Sebastian Vettel will have
to go on to the medium its lower tier faster. While you -- that slow
Felipe Massa. We have heard about the incident between Hamilton and
Kobayashi and it will not be investigated. We have found him to
hear his side of the story. don't like talking to you while the
race is going on. What happened from your point of view? I am not
sure, to be honest. I hit the wall pretty hard. The team is in a good
position. It was unfortunate. As far as I was concerned, I was ahead
of whoever I was racing, then I got hit by them and my race was over.
There have been a lot of races that we have not finished this year, so
this is just another one. dejected Lewis Hamilton. Jenson
Button is sailing past. Jenson Button is looking quite strong if
he can keep these tyres intact. No markings on his front tyres on the
inside. You can see those darker grey patches, they are the giveaway.
When you slow down into a corner then you can look down yourself to
have a look, even your rear tyres in the mirror. Look how close
Jenson Button is to Felipe Massa. He has got through. Another brave
and sensational move from Jenson Button, to take over a 5th place
from Felipe Massa. Good sportsmanship from Felipe Massa.
Butter and put total trust in Felipe Massa there, -- Jenson
Button. That is the respect between the drivers. Jenson Button did well
on the brakes and trusted Felipe Massa absolutely. If I was wearing
a hat I would take it off to both of them because that was great
racing from them both. We must not discount Mark Webber. 7.4 seconds
off the lead at the moment. He has got Bahadur tyre out of the way, of
course. -- there harder tyre. We will keep a close eye on the
evolution of the track. This is at number 25. Ted? I will try to say
something without somebody overtaking something else. On tyres,
Fernando Alonso was saying we are reaching for his two, which is
Ferrari code for they are starting to go off. Let's have it. INAUDIBLE.
OK, I think they are thinking about another stop. The message from
Sebastian Vettel was at the front left was blistering again. There we
go. You can see it clearly in that slow motion. Sometimes they look
uglier than that, the tyres. This is Jenson Button again, taking a
lot of chances. Don't take one too many because you on for a great
result at the moment. Nico Rosberg is in 4th place, by 0.1 of a second.
Nico Rosberg rightly takes up his position to drive into this hairpin.
Nico Rosberg must have made a mistake in that lap. Jenson Button
did a 53.2. This Mercedes is massively fast in a straight line.
Jenson Button has got the real winner Wide Open and job done, I
think. Nico Rosberg's tyres of fading quite quickly. I thought it
was interesting that Lewis Hamilton said whoever he was racing with
added did not know who it was. he also thought to had not finished
lots of races but actually it is only the second of the season.
is one of the easier passes that Jenson Button has made this
afternoon. He thinks about going up the inside and Nico Rosberg covers
it but he does not care. We will look at that on the red button
afterwards. He pulls into the slipstream at Eau Rouge. Benny
pulled back into the slipstream Soviet does not catch him too early
for activating DRS. -- so that he a different strategy, the media of
the two compounds. -- the medium. He is hoping that will get into the
end of the Grand Prix. He will be slower than a new set of options,
of course. Let's see how his pace is. He rejoins the track nicely in
front of Nico Rosberg. Blistering on his left front wheel again.
Jenson Button only 15 seconds off the lead and motoring along. Very
and will go on to the medium compound tyre this time. These boys
are ready. A nice straight in approach. You don't have to duck in.
Straight into the pit Ltd, which you only switch off as you cross
the white line at the end. -- limiter. That was a reasonable pit
stop, 3.8 seconds, but he has 50 kilos of fuel. Jenson Button going
in front of Sebastian Vettel. The 3.64 Felipe Massa in the pit stop.
back. Rubens Barrichello finds himself in the middle of that.
obviously had a moment at Eau Rouge. Jenson Button moves into the lead
of the Grand Prix. I would have thought he would put the option on.
Ms Mark Webber is traditionally pace when he is up against drivers
on fresher tyres. That is an alarm call for McLaren, surely? If they
are struggling that much compared to people on brand new tyres.
this is the replay. Absolutely flat through Eau Rouge. Timed to
perfection. Pushes the button. is on board with Felipe Massa. Down
to Eau Rouge. That is why it is critical not to lose one tenth of a
second. If you pick and come out, that is exactly what you could be
faced with. -- if you pit stop. Michael Schumacher shaping up there,
and ride behind him is the Renault. Sebastian Vettel leads the Grand
Prix. But what will they do? They have to bid stop him. And you have
also got Fernando Alonso doing the fastest lap of the Grand Prix on
the harder tyre. If they can push that to the end, with the
temperature, and they are putting some of tyres on him. Because he
did not get through the qualifying three, he has a brand new set of
soft tyres available. Will that bring him into contention? He is
one pit stop behind Sebastian Vettel. He will be at least 20
seconds behind Sebastian Vettel but he is right in there for a podium
place. 3.4 stop. How much time when he find on these? Will they give
him 11 laps of life as he is pushing like crazy? Felipe Massa or
goes into the pit for the final time. Felipe Massa makes his way
out of the pit stop. Mark Webber is flying on track as well. These
times get better and better. Felipe Massa's third stop for tyres. He
heads into Eau Rouge. He had just pitted before that, hadn't he?
a couple of laps before. We are getting the news that Felipe Massa
had a puncture and had to come back in again. He finds himself behind
the Sauber. Down in 12th. Very costly. He has done back-to-backs
stops, which put in 40 seconds behind. Felipe Massa went into the
pit stop on 30 and 32. Mercedes are 5th and 6th now. Michael Schumacher
at 18,000 revs, but enough speed to clear the force India comfortably.
Michael Schumacher having a fine afternoon. I spoke to Jenson Button
on the grid about standing on that podium and he has got a chance, no
doubt about it. Mark Webber and Jenson Button cadging -- catching
Fernando Alonso, as you say. Jenson Button not really under pressure at
the front. Saving pays. He needs to win a Grand Prix. The last time the
won was at the European, did not win at Silverstone, Valencia,
Nurburgring. Wanting to get that this harder tyre, they were faster
with the soft option tyre. They are not making this tie work, what does
that tell us? By it is quite a struggle in qualifying because they
cannot heat their tyres up -- that is why they struggle. Maybe they
are not generating the heat the need. These tyres are wearing four
times less than the yellow a soft tyres we saw before. There is a big
difference. So why not run the option tyre? Softer, more movement,
more temperature? He has got tyres left. Maybe we will get an engineer
and ask them that. Do you think you will pass this lap, Martin? He has
got a chance. He has already passed him once earlier in the Grand Prix.
I am looking forward to seeing that again. He gets in the slipstream
and opens the rear wing, I do not think Fernando Alonso will fight
that too hard because he has not had the grip to stay with that Red
Bull. In the second place man in Mark Webber. 1 anti-4 Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel leads over this man. A one and two for the Red Bull
team. Extra bonus 1 -- extra bonus points. The Red ball-boys fully
appreciating that. -- the red ball- boys. This is Button on top of
Alonso! And butter is up onto the podium! -- Button And I am sure
Fernando Alonso is dejected. And look how far he came back from!
Jenson Button just helps himself to a little bit of slipstream, and a
lot more speed. And that is not an aggressive, but his submissive
Fernando Alonso. And Michael Schumacher gets a run on his team
mate. And surely he will take fifth place? He does indeed. He is now
head. Two important race changes. There was a race going on in 15th
and 16th place between at Rubens Barrichello and Heikki Kovalainen.
Struggling for quick, track temperature is up. -- struggling
for the grip. Everybody up until Bruno Senna Inter -- in 13th place
has been lapped. And the safety car shuffled them back together again
when we had that incident after lap 13. Michael Schumacher, a very good
drive from last on the grid. He has kept his tie is intact. Your driver
of the day, David? There was blistering on the rear tyre of
Michael Schumacher, it looked like. But you have got to give it for
Michael Schumacher who was last on the grid, in his two hundredth
Grand Prix. And Jenson Button has certainly been a past master. Sell
a mixture of the two Ford driver of the day. -- so a mixture. -- for
the driver of the day. The reigning champion takes victory at the
Belgian Grand Prix, he can handle anything, tyres, safety cars, and
Webber comes in second position. And a brilliant position for Jenson
Button on the podium for McLaren, from 13th place on the grid. He
steered clear of the dramas with brilliant overtakes. Fernando
Alonso would not give up and brought the car home in fourth
place. Michael Schumacher is top dog at Mercedes today, he beat the
young Nico Rosberg. It is a win -- it is a win at number 17 for
Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull have first and second place. Jenson
Button gave them the best challenge he could, but on the day, they had
too much pace and we did not get the chance to find out just what
Lewis Hamilton could have done at the front of the field.
So this is the result of the 2011 Belgian Grand Prix and it is yet
another win for Sebastian Vettel. His team-mate Mark Webber behind
him and a strong drive from Jenson Button. And Michael Schumacher will
be delighted, he celebrated in -- he celebrated 20 years in Formula
One this weekend and finishes in fifth place. What does that mean
for the Championship? No change at the front. But a lead is even
bigger, it is now 92 points. Lewis Hamilton in fifth place after his
accident. And Michael Schumacher is now in 8th place. The Constructors'
Championship is all about Red Bull at the moment, 131 points ahead of
McLaren. Let's hear from the main players in what was a pretty
exciting building Grand Prix. And enjoyable weekend for your
first F1 race at Spa? What lessons can be learned? It is a great track
and the experience has been fantastic. It shows when he
qualified at the back with the mistakes we made yesterday, it is
pretty difficult to return. We came in the hope of scoring a lot of
points and Adrian has done that, but there is not a lot I could have
done after the first corner today. You should be smiling on this
anniversary because that was a great drive. At least something
worked out this weekend! It was exciting, a lot of bits and pieces
flying at the first corner. Unlucky I was not -- I was lucky I was not
in the middle and after that, a great strategy. The boys did a
fantastic job. I am happy with the result.
At which point today did you think, in podium is definitely on here?
After the safety car when I started overtaking people, I thought, the
pace is pretty good considering of the damage we have. And most cars
have to pit and put Primes on but we have options. Is soft and better
tyre. So it was exciting. We passed a Renault and a Sauber and I passed
both down the outside. But then you have the problem with the Diarra s,
so I had them both behind trying to get passed on the straight -- the
DRS. But I was able to key positions. If UN race. Little Miss
-- it was a good race. Little mistakes we have to stop happening
because we are quick enough. I am very confident in the car and feel
the best I ever have in Formula One, so we can get good races. And Monza
is hopefully a race that will be competitive.
The safety car came out and I had a fight with Fernando. I think the
safety car wanted me to pit. But I got the instruction to put the car
in some of the modes for the pit stop but I was on the wrong side of
the war and did not here properly. So that was a worry. I thought, I
am on of -- I am on all tyres and everybody has stopped except
Fernando. But I kept going. The car behaved well, and was happy with
how I drove to get a good result from what was probably one of the
team's best first and second positions ever. Congratulations, is
your happiness mixed with relief you are back on the top? I mean, I
am very happy. I think it was a very good race for us. Not easy
because of the tyres, quite difficult to manage. And at the
beginning, it was more about research and science rather than
racing. We sacrificed a lot stopping early but we had a good
feeling. And they came in again after the safety car came out to
look at the tyres -- I came in. I can judge a bit from the inside but
when you do 300, you see the tyres spinning rather than stopping and
you cannot take the time to look. So it was crucial to come back in
and have a closer look and we knew that from then on, we only had one
set of soft tyres left and the soft tyre was quicker. But I know the
outcome now so I am very happy and obviously it is a big relief after
all the discussions we had a straight after qualifying and this
morning before going into the race, so I am very happy.
We are here at Spa and they are queuing up for Monza for the next
Grand Prix. David's thoughts on that race, Spa did not disappoint,
did it? A great race, a wet and dry at the end. A fantastic pole
position 4 Sebastian Vettel. And unpredictable race with tyres
playing a big part, could the options withstand the blistering? A
strong Ferrari in the early part of the race, a fantastic comeback for
Michael Schumacher from 24th to fifth place, but it was Sebastian
Vettel again at the chequered flag. So how do you pick a driver of the
day? They were all exceptional drivers. But in commentary, I said
you have to choose Michael because of the significance of the history,
a 20 years since he made his Grand Prix debut, and Jenson Button,
whose passing was Supreme. And the biggest disappointment Lewis
Hamilton. He was getting too close to cars on track but it was
questionable how much of the blame you could apportioned to Lewis, but
Jake Humphrey introduces highlights of the Belgian Grand Prix from the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, the 12th round of the Formula One season, as championship leader Sebastian Vettel seeks his first win in four races.