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most famous views in Formula One, the famous Eau Rouge corner at Spa

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in Belgium. This season has been dominated so far by Sebastian

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Vettel. You get the feeling that with eight races left this year, if

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anybody is going to challenge him, they need to start right now. And

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85 point lead over Mark Webber, his teams, the constructors'

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championship. Red Bull has dominated this season, but will

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they dominate this weekend? All the reaction from the rays coming your

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way. But we know that Red Bull love Santon -- Saturdays. Rain or shine,

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Spa always throws up some surprises. Nobody expected a shock quite so

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soon in qualifying. Michael Schumacher's car shared a wheel as

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he left the pit lane, leaving him with no control as he smashed into

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the barriers. There is no reason to blame anybody. We all try our best

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and we are all humans. Paul Di Resta was also left as a spectator

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and not a happy one. The team chose to bring me in and said that we

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were safe and we should box. I got back to the pit stop and they told

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me that somebody was quicker. They called me back to the pit. I am not

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aware of the situation, I just do what I am ordered. Adrian Sutil

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made the smallest of errors, with the biggest of consequences. Debris

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on the track saw the red flag come out, but with only six minutes on

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the clock, there was everything to play for. Jenson Button got his

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timing is wrong and was the next big name to fall.

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misunderstanding. I did my first lap. Then I called the tyres, not

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knowing I had no more laps left. That must have been very

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disappointing and a big shock. an incident between Lewis Hamilton

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and Pastor Maldonado, with their own versions of what happened.

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what I saw in the car it was quite dangerous. I have never seen that

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happen and never had that experience since I have been racing

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since I was in go-karts. I need to look at the footage. I don't know

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whose fault it was and whether anybody is to blame. Lewis Hamilton

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said that you swiped across the front of him. Do you agree? I don't

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know. The stewards decided to give Pastor Maldonado a five grid

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penalty and reprimanded Lewis Hamilton. He managed to put his car

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in second place on the grid for the third qualifier. Fernando Alonso

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could only manage 8th behind the Renault of Bruno Senna. Oh it was

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really good and we were really happy. I was expecting top 10 in

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qualifying. The conditions helped a lot. I was pushing very hard and I

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managed to do the lap faster than one it was drier. Another driver

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that was smiling was Jaime Alguersuari. I am happy for my team.

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I am happy to bring the points home and to carry on fighting in the

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championship. The track dried out quickly as the cars went round and

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pole position was traded between the usual suspects. Mark Webber was

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kept off the front row of the grid by Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate

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Sebastian Vettel managed his 9th pole position of the season. I am

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very pleased. In the years before I messed up. I was not really happy

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after qualifying. Today, the lap came together well with no mistakes

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and everything was right. Sebastian Vettel detained at Spa to get the

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top spot. There is Hamilton was alongside with Mark Webber looking

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for his first win of the year in third. Jaime Alguersuari got a

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career-best 6th place. Sergio Perez has never started so high in the

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grid in 9th. Jenson Button will be hoping for rain. He starts in 13th

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with Barrichello alongside. Pastor Maldonado's 5 place penalty meant

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that he started 21st. Of the 20th anniversary of his debut in Formula

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One, Michael Schumacher props up the grid. They have put on a

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different engine mapping to spend those rear wheels up and get a

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maximum temperature into the rear tyres. Ready to launch their 640

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kilogram cars plus fuel. We have a lot of smoke going on. I think that

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is the Mercedes. The drivers have made the way through the valleys to

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the harder earned grids lots. It is narrow and short on the pit

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straight. Five lights and then the hairpin awaits the Grand Prix.

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Under way. Sebastian Vettel gets away well. Mark Webber just did not

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get going again. Felipe Massa into second place now. Contact behind.

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That is a Toro Rosso. I think the two Lotus has got together. The

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second Ferrari of Fernando Alonso coming back onto the track from the

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run-off area. Sebastian Vettel leads from the immensely fast start.

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Nico Rosberg and Ben Lewis Hamilton. Lots of contact that the first

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corner. We have to see the replay. That is Nico Rosberg going around

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the outside of Sebastian Vettel in to turn one. Nico Rosberg takes the

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lead in the Grand Prix with amazing straight-line speed. What bravery

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from him in the first few corners. Looking to lead. Jenson Button is

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up to 12th place on the grid. Mark Webber is between the Saubers. He

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is in 8th place. As he did last year, and absolutely dismal start

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for Mark Webber. Felipe Massa ahead of followers Hamilton. Yellow flags

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out, presumably in the first corner. I will give you a quick run-down.

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Nico Rosberg leads, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber

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in eight. Jaime Alguersuari got that broken track run at the first

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corner and the broken front wing. Michael Schumacher already up to

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15th from the 24th grid slot. He manages to stay clear of the

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trouble. Some very good starts. Bruno Senna dropping down to No. 14.

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Lewis Hamilton is defending from Fernando Alonso, I think. Fernando

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Alonso on the attack. Felipe Massa Barrichello. The HRT team in 17th.

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Fernando Alonso is so much faster. He steams past the McLaren. There

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has Hamilton fancies looking back. Fernando Alonso defence well. No

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DRS at this point of the Grand Prix. The speed that he has. It looked

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like he had deployed DRS and the car was going 15 kilometres per

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hour faster. A new nose fitted there after that contact. Not a

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great start to the Grand Prix for him. There was so much contact at

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turn one. Cava Linehan has pitted and well. -- Heikki Kovalainen.

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Felipe Massa is hanging on very well. That bodes well. Fernando

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Alonso is past Lewis Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton down to 5th place.

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Sebastien Buemi looks next up after Lewis Hamilton. The yellow flags

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are out. Alguersuari returns the car. This might not be bad for

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Sebastian Vettel, to be held to that slower pace behind Nico

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Rosberg. Any fear of overheating the front tyres is kept at bay.

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That car is not as fast as it would normally go. I expect with DRS

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going to be available within the one-second window, he should be

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able to pull if he is sliding around in that turbulence,.

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going to be able to ball past Rosberg. Not if he is going to be

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in that turbulence. Sebastian Vettel has the speed at the top of

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the hill. He takes the lead comfortably. Sebastian Vettel back

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in front. DRS is enabled, as we know. Look at the top four, covered

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by under two seconds. Hamilton struggling to hold on. Mark Webber

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just did not get away. It looks like he got into anti-stall again.

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This is the action at the first corner. Bruno Senna has gone in.

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Fernando Alonso was attacked as well. Bruno Senna went into deep on

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the brakes. He hit the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari. They almost

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connected with Fernando Alonso. I anti-stall, just as you said. That

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is to stop the engine dying, but then he had to pull the clutch in

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again, but by the time he had done that he had been swamped. This is

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Bruno Senna, a little bit race rusty. Alguersuari is minding his

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own business in the middle of the track. He got a proper thumbed

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there. It has broken his suspension. Jenson Button's front wing is

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damaged, so much so that they are bringing him in for a pit stop to

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put a new nose on. The softer tyres fastest lap of the race. Jenson

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Button is getting his new knowns as well. Sebastian Vettel does 55.7.

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Two seconds quicker. Fernando Alonso is looking at Felipe Massa

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but it does not work out. Felipe Massa has DRS available. Fernando

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Alonso is getting 20 kilometres. It is stalemate. Fernando Alonso must

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be putting double DRS. Up to 18,000 revolutions. This is only lab four

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and so much chaos. Everywhere you looked there was a different

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accident going on. Absolutely extraordinary. I wonder if there

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will be a replay of what the radio message said! It is there to give

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team instructions. It looks like Fernando is the faster Ferrari.

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Bull are in trouble with their tyres. Trouble for Mark Webber to

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come in there and put on the median tyre. McLaren not so. Jenson Button

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able to run on that tyre. They are discussing in the pit whether they

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need to bring in Sebastian Vettel. When are the blisters going to get

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bad enough? His pace is good but surely it is just a matter of time?

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the moment. They seem to have stabilised. You can only see your

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front tyres in the slow corners, can't you? Fernando Alonso in the

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them. It is a better run. And he has gone into deep! Can Felipe

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Massa come back underneath? Lewis Hamilton surely has a chance? And

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he does! He comes off the corner much better and has to almost touch

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the grass. And smoke coming off the back, at Felipe Massa challenging

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for second place, but he goes down to fifth place in three corners.

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open race for Ferrari. A great move from Fernando Alonso pushing his

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team-mate as wide as he could. That almost ended in tears for them. A

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golden opportunity for Lewis Hamilton because it looked like he

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was struggling to keep pace with the Ferraris for a few laps. This

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is the replay, Fernando Alonso comes hard off the top of the hill

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and down on the inside. That used to be gravel! Last year he would

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have been bouncing through it. Lewis Hamilton would have deployed

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KERS. And that is as aggressive as Felipe Massa can get away with.

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they are putting on another set of the fresh tyres, and that is

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different to what happened with Mark Webber, is it not? We think

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they put them the a gym compound on Webber's car, but they have put the

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soft ones on. So Sebastian Vettel pits early to put on second tyres,

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so Nico Rosberg it is in the lead. A broken gear wing on the Toro

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Rosso as he is going through and they have to radio and immediately.

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-- rear. It is so dangerous. And they have to call him in. Sergio

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Perez has already pitted with no front wing. So much action going on

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a off-screen up. This is for the lead. -- off-screen. How long will

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they keep their tyres going for? It does seem these blistered tyres

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have really heard Red Bull at the moment more than anybody else,

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which is why I am sure the likes of McLaren and especially Ferrari are

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saying, if you cannot let them change their suspense and -- best

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suspension tyres. It is questionable if fresh tyres are

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less likely to blister. Red Bull do not need to win this Grand Prix to

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win the Championship, so maybe they are just being cautious and have

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listened to the driver saying for tyre was opening up, and that could

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be... That is Fernando Alonso. Nico Rosberg has great top speed. Even

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with the KERS available, they are not making much headway. A drive

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through for Bruno Senna and for Timo Glock, so two drivers having

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already pitted for damage have to drive through there pit at a cost

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of about 16 seconds. -- the pit. Once you have got a momentum, add

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nothing else for the other driver to do except try view of the road

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and that is not an option at 200 miles per hour. Fernando Alonso

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weeds the Belgian Grand Prix on lap 7. I am enjoying this, tremendous!

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-- Leeds the Belgian Grand Prix. He started in eighth place on the grid

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and already has a comfortable lead. There is a long way to go in this

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race. Jenson after that pit stop... That is normally when that the

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blisters, the rubber will erupt. -- the blisters. The right side is

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also blistered and he will fear that. This is quicker than Nico

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Rosberg, but he is driving a fantastic defensive race and I do

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not think they expected to read this Grand Prix after Friday and

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Saturday. -- to lead. Lewis Hamilton having to get out of the

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throttle. His old karting team mate, Nico Rosberg, ahead of him.

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almost thought he was heading for the pits, he took such a tight turn

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to the right! And wondered if he would sell him a dummy, but he went

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left early. I have seen worse blisters than that on tyres, but

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they are new to Formula One and you do not know what they will do. And

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surely Lewis, with that wing wide- open, will go down the outside? And

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he is into second place. About his front tyres will not feel so bad

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now! That will make his car feel a lot better. This is interesting,

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only 9.6 seconds off the lead is Sebastian Vettel in sixth place

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having made that pit stop, that cost him about 20 seconds. And we

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watch him passing Kamui Kobayashi. He is now in fifth place. What you

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said it is interesting, David. Red Bull are not under pressure to win

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everything, they might be taking a more cautious approach. But having

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made that pit stop, Sebastian Vettel is looking a handy and is

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less than 10 seconds away from this battle for the lead, and they have

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yet to stop. We can expect them to come in the next two, 5 laps.

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Getting to the end of the usable life of those tyres. Felipe Massa

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shaping up on Nico Rosberg or who is losing a lot of pace and a lot

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of position. -- Nico Rosberg. And that is the last 60 mile an hour

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she came. -- chicane. Lewis Hamilton leads now. Soft tyres are

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going on. The same concept they are using with Sebastian Vettel. They

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have new tyres available as they only used once set. -- one that set.

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And he comes out just in front of Mark Webber so it has worked out

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well for Webber, and he fancies a run a. And they are so close, and

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along so had to yield, and just as well he did! -- and Fernando Alonso.

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I thought that was going to be an almighty coming-together!

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Incredibly moved from Mark Webber. He was 35 -- he is 35 years old and

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he was not moving. He goes down the inside and he is not going to give!

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They did any retouch, that is incredible! Ahmad -- Fernando

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Alonso saved from an almighty accident. The throttle pedal was

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not coming up for Mark Webber. Lewis Hamilton is going to pit.

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They do not look too bad. There was some blistering around the outside

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edge, I do not think they are concerned about construction, but

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when you start to break that surface, they just do not know.

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Very high which -- average speed, so you do not want to experiment

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too much. So they are being cautious. Nico Rosberg is now in

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the pits. That was long, wasn't it? It seemed that way. He has gone to

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the soft tyre, but if they are blistering, why are they not going

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to the more Secure compound? Because of a lap time of said. But

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-- the option tyre is over a second quicker. Blistering is a concern,

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but not for our overall lap time. You do not want to give away that

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performance of running on the other tyre for too long. That was a past

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for position as he -- and he is in fourth place, passing Kamui

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Kobayashi. -- a pass for position. He can use the DRS because he was

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it -- he was within his second... And contact! Lewis Hamilton into

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the barriers! Kamui Kobayashi came back on the outside of him and

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Lewis clearly not a way he -- clearly not aware he was there.

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Lewis Hamilton out of the Grand Prix! He thought he had completed

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the past but Kamui Kobayashi was coming back at him, and he still

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had the DRS wide open. Bizarre Kamui Kobayashi had so much top

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speed, he did not have his DRS open because he could not, he was being

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passed by Lewis. I am sure Lewis will be all right, no big impact.

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The safety car is out. Very bad news for Lewis Hamilton. Good news

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for all the runners concerned about blistering tyres. It does not -- it

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just does not seem to be lucky this year for them. I do not think he

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was at fault. This is a replay. has already made the move. Going

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down the hill, he thinks he has the move done, but he goes over to take

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his normal racing line. A big initial impact. I agree with you,

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he should not be too seriously injured. And Red Bull are using for

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safety car opportunity to make what could be effectively a free pit

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stop out of them losing track position. Having seen it again, how

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do you apportion blame and that incident? It did not look like

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Lewis was moving back across the left so he was still giving him

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space. That is the Red Bull team. It looked like Kamui Kobayashi

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started to to an end before Lewis had started to turn in, and you

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cannot do that. -- to turn in a. I think we need a few more camera

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angles. But not a good afternoon for Lewis Hamilton. It seemed as if

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Lewis had not recognised Kamui Kobayashi was coming back at him, I

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think he thought he had passed him. I do not understand why Kamui

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Kobayashi thought he could go round the outside of him, he would have

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to filter in. So I think he will think it was a missed opportunity.

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So why was Kamui Kobayashi but in his car there in the first place

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and not falling into line? If you would lose less time. When you are

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overtaken can make you accept that and try and minimise the time masts,

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because if you can not lose time, that could be crucial to pass the

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guy again for maybe win the race. But a barrier has separated the

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front of that car, it has made impact. Lewis is looking right at

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the Apax, he's not looking in his left hand mirror. -- the apex. He

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thinks he is ahead. But he was not moving to the left, Kamui Kobayashi

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started to move in. We need to say that -- to see that again. What is

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the direction of travel relative to the inside of the track for name of

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-- for Lewis? That is why those noses are so heavily crash tested.

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They do what they should, to absorb the energy. This is the 10th

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Belgian Grand Prix at Spa that has recent think. A high-speed nature

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means when you do have an accident, it is serious. But that line is

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before the first corner and you can overtake over that, and it will be

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a drag race down to the first corner. And Sebastian Vettel is

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going up the inside of Mark Webber. Webber maintains position as we

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seen Spain -- as we see Sergio Perez on the inside, and Vitaly

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Petrov. No contact this time around. And Fernando Alonso comfortably

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leads from the two slightly squabbling Red Bulls. A

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reinvigorated Nico Rosberg with fresh tyres. Adrian Sutil behind

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him, Nico Rosberg did keep his position. And Nico Rosberg goes

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down the outside of Felipe Massa, the two Red Bulls very close to the

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Ferrari. Jenson Button now in tenth place having passed Rubens

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Barrichello, but still a long way to go, as his engineer told him.

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Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Webber. Vettel has made his way

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past his team-mate and Nico Rosberg those fresher tyres. He will be

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lined up to pass Fernando Alonso in this lap. Michael Schumacher is now

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in 9th place. He started 24th on the grid. Michael Schumacher making

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his way through and staying out of trouble, it must be said. He has

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pitted twice, Sebastian Vettel has pitted twice and so has Jenson

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Button. There was a clash at Blanchmont in the Grand Prix last

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Fernando Alonso. Vitaly Petrov has to get out of here! Sergio Perez

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loses two places. Sebastian Vettel is down the outside of Fernando

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Alonso. Will he be able to break around the outside? He does.

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Fernando Alonso being kind, I think. They are both using KERS, if we

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believe the graphic. On the straight, diminishing returns at

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high speed. Lewis Hamilton sadly becomes a spectator. Four

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retirements from the race. I wonder how he sees that incident with

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Kobayashi. What about this? Sebastian Vettel over the top of

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the hill. He is so happy with the grip of these tyres. Wheel-to-wheel

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action. He left Fernando Alonso a bit of room in case he was thinking

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of coming back up the inside. scenario at Ferrari is that they

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believe they can make one last stop than Sebastian Vettel. That is

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reflected in the fact that Fernando Alonso seems to be doing pretty

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well in these tyres. They are quite old now. His flat tyres are very

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good. 52.9, comparable to Sebastian Vettel. They tell me their other

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advantage is that when Sebastian Vettel runs out of soft tyres,

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Fernando Alonso will have another set. So Sebastian Vettel will have

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to go on to the medium its lower tier faster. While you -- that slow

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Felipe Massa. We have heard about the incident between Hamilton and

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Kobayashi and it will not be investigated. We have found him to

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hear his side of the story. don't like talking to you while the

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race is going on. What happened from your point of view? I am not

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sure, to be honest. I hit the wall pretty hard. The team is in a good

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position. It was unfortunate. As far as I was concerned, I was ahead

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of whoever I was racing, then I got hit by them and my race was over.

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There have been a lot of races that we have not finished this year, so

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this is just another one. dejected Lewis Hamilton. Jenson

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Button is sailing past. Jenson Button is looking quite strong if

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he can keep these tyres intact. No markings on his front tyres on the

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inside. You can see those darker grey patches, they are the giveaway.

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When you slow down into a corner then you can look down yourself to

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have a look, even your rear tyres in the mirror. Look how close

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Jenson Button is to Felipe Massa. He has got through. Another brave

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and sensational move from Jenson Button, to take over a 5th place

0:34:300:34:36

from Felipe Massa. Good sportsmanship from Felipe Massa.

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Butter and put total trust in Felipe Massa there, -- Jenson

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Button. That is the respect between the drivers. Jenson Button did well

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on the brakes and trusted Felipe Massa absolutely. If I was wearing

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a hat I would take it off to both of them because that was great

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racing from them both. We must not discount Mark Webber. 7.4 seconds

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off the lead at the moment. He has got Bahadur tyre out of the way, of

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course. -- there harder tyre. We will keep a close eye on the

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evolution of the track. This is at number 25. Ted? I will try to say

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something without somebody overtaking something else. On tyres,

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Fernando Alonso was saying we are reaching for his two, which is

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Ferrari code for they are starting to go off. Let's have it. INAUDIBLE.

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OK, I think they are thinking about another stop. The message from

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Sebastian Vettel was at the front left was blistering again. There we

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go. You can see it clearly in that slow motion. Sometimes they look

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uglier than that, the tyres. This is Jenson Button again, taking a

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lot of chances. Don't take one too many because you on for a great

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result at the moment. Nico Rosberg is in 4th place, by 0.1 of a second.

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Nico Rosberg rightly takes up his position to drive into this hairpin.

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Nico Rosberg must have made a mistake in that lap. Jenson Button

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did a 53.2. This Mercedes is massively fast in a straight line.

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Jenson Button has got the real winner Wide Open and job done, I

0:36:510:37:01
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think. Nico Rosberg's tyres of fading quite quickly. I thought it

0:37:010:37:04

was interesting that Lewis Hamilton said whoever he was racing with

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added did not know who it was. he also thought to had not finished

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lots of races but actually it is only the second of the season.

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is one of the easier passes that Jenson Button has made this

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afternoon. He thinks about going up the inside and Nico Rosberg covers

0:37:250:37:30

it but he does not care. We will look at that on the red button

0:37:300:37:35

afterwards. He pulls into the slipstream at Eau Rouge. Benny

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pulled back into the slipstream Soviet does not catch him too early

0:37:390:37:49
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for activating DRS. -- so that he a different strategy, the media of

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the two compounds. -- the medium. He is hoping that will get into the

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end of the Grand Prix. He will be slower than a new set of options,

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of course. Let's see how his pace is. He rejoins the track nicely in

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front of Nico Rosberg. Blistering on his left front wheel again.

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Jenson Button only 15 seconds off the lead and motoring along. Very

0:38:390:38:49
0:38:490:38:57

and will go on to the medium compound tyre this time. These boys

0:38:570:39:07
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are ready. A nice straight in approach. You don't have to duck in.

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Straight into the pit Ltd, which you only switch off as you cross

0:39:110:39:19

the white line at the end. -- limiter. That was a reasonable pit

0:39:190:39:27

stop, 3.8 seconds, but he has 50 kilos of fuel. Jenson Button going

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in front of Sebastian Vettel. The 3.64 Felipe Massa in the pit stop.

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back. Rubens Barrichello finds himself in the middle of that.

0:40:240:40:33

obviously had a moment at Eau Rouge. Jenson Button moves into the lead

0:40:330:40:37

of the Grand Prix. I would have thought he would put the option on.

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Ms Mark Webber is traditionally pace when he is up against drivers

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on fresher tyres. That is an alarm call for McLaren, surely? If they

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are struggling that much compared to people on brand new tyres.

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this is the replay. Absolutely flat through Eau Rouge. Timed to

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perfection. Pushes the button. is on board with Felipe Massa. Down

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to Eau Rouge. That is why it is critical not to lose one tenth of a

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second. If you pick and come out, that is exactly what you could be

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faced with. -- if you pit stop. Michael Schumacher shaping up there,

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and ride behind him is the Renault. Sebastian Vettel leads the Grand

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Prix. But what will they do? They have to bid stop him. And you have

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also got Fernando Alonso doing the fastest lap of the Grand Prix on

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the harder tyre. If they can push that to the end, with the

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temperature, and they are putting some of tyres on him. Because he

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did not get through the qualifying three, he has a brand new set of

0:42:330:42:38

soft tyres available. Will that bring him into contention? He is

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one pit stop behind Sebastian Vettel. He will be at least 20

0:42:430:42:46

seconds behind Sebastian Vettel but he is right in there for a podium

0:42:460:42:55

place. 3.4 stop. How much time when he find on these? Will they give

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him 11 laps of life as he is pushing like crazy? Felipe Massa or

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goes into the pit for the final time. Felipe Massa makes his way

0:43:090:43:18

out of the pit stop. Mark Webber is flying on track as well. These

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times get better and better. Felipe Massa's third stop for tyres. He

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heads into Eau Rouge. He had just pitted before that, hadn't he?

0:43:320:43:42

a couple of laps before. We are getting the news that Felipe Massa

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had a puncture and had to come back in again. He finds himself behind

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the Sauber. Down in 12th. Very costly. He has done back-to-backs

0:43:540:44:00

stops, which put in 40 seconds behind. Felipe Massa went into the

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pit stop on 30 and 32. Mercedes are 5th and 6th now. Michael Schumacher

0:44:130:44:19

at 18,000 revs, but enough speed to clear the force India comfortably.

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Michael Schumacher having a fine afternoon. I spoke to Jenson Button

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on the grid about standing on that podium and he has got a chance, no

0:44:300:44:40
0:44:400:44:41

doubt about it. Mark Webber and Jenson Button cadging -- catching

0:44:410:44:45

Fernando Alonso, as you say. Jenson Button not really under pressure at

0:44:450:44:55
0:44:550:44:56

the front. Saving pays. He needs to win a Grand Prix. The last time the

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0:45:060:45:07

won was at the European, did not win at Silverstone, Valencia,

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Nurburgring. Wanting to get that this harder tyre, they were faster

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with the soft option tyre. They are not making this tie work, what does

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that tell us? By it is quite a struggle in qualifying because they

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cannot heat their tyres up -- that is why they struggle. Maybe they

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are not generating the heat the need. These tyres are wearing four

0:45:470:45:52

times less than the yellow a soft tyres we saw before. There is a big

0:45:520:45:58

difference. So why not run the option tyre? Softer, more movement,

0:45:580:46:08
0:46:080:46:09

more temperature? He has got tyres left. Maybe we will get an engineer

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and ask them that. Do you think you will pass this lap, Martin? He has

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got a chance. He has already passed him once earlier in the Grand Prix.

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I am looking forward to seeing that again. He gets in the slipstream

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and opens the rear wing, I do not think Fernando Alonso will fight

0:46:350:46:39

that too hard because he has not had the grip to stay with that Red

0:46:390:46:46

Bull. In the second place man in Mark Webber. 1 anti-4 Red Bull.

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Sebastian Vettel leads over this man. A one and two for the Red Bull

0:46:560:47:06
0:47:060:47:08

team. Extra bonus 1 -- extra bonus points. The Red ball-boys fully

0:47:080:47:18
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appreciating that. -- the red ball- boys. This is Button on top of

0:47:190:47:29
0:47:290:47:36

Alonso! And butter is up onto the podium! -- Button And I am sure

0:47:360:47:44

Fernando Alonso is dejected. And look how far he came back from!

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Jenson Button just helps himself to a little bit of slipstream, and a

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lot more speed. And that is not an aggressive, but his submissive

0:47:530:47:57

Fernando Alonso. And Michael Schumacher gets a run on his team

0:47:570:48:06

mate. And surely he will take fifth place? He does indeed. He is now

0:48:060:48:16
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head. Two important race changes. There was a race going on in 15th

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and 16th place between at Rubens Barrichello and Heikki Kovalainen.

0:48:330:48:41

Struggling for quick, track temperature is up. -- struggling

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0:48:510:48:51

for the grip. Everybody up until Bruno Senna Inter -- in 13th place

0:48:510:48:57

has been lapped. And the safety car shuffled them back together again

0:48:570:49:04

when we had that incident after lap 13. Michael Schumacher, a very good

0:49:050:49:11

drive from last on the grid. He has kept his tie is intact. Your driver

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of the day, David? There was blistering on the rear tyre of

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Michael Schumacher, it looked like. But you have got to give it for

0:49:240:49:29

Michael Schumacher who was last on the grid, in his two hundredth

0:49:290:49:38

Grand Prix. And Jenson Button has certainly been a past master. Sell

0:49:380:49:47

a mixture of the two Ford driver of the day. -- so a mixture. -- for

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the driver of the day. The reigning champion takes victory at the

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Belgian Grand Prix, he can handle anything, tyres, safety cars, and

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Webber comes in second position. And a brilliant position for Jenson

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Button on the podium for McLaren, from 13th place on the grid. He

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steered clear of the dramas with brilliant overtakes. Fernando

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Alonso would not give up and brought the car home in fourth

0:50:160:50:23

place. Michael Schumacher is top dog at Mercedes today, he beat the

0:50:230:50:30

young Nico Rosberg. It is a win -- it is a win at number 17 for

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Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull have first and second place. Jenson

0:50:350:50:40

Button gave them the best challenge he could, but on the day, they had

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too much pace and we did not get the chance to find out just what

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Lewis Hamilton could have done at the front of the field.

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So this is the result of the 2011 Belgian Grand Prix and it is yet

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another win for Sebastian Vettel. His team-mate Mark Webber behind

0:51:000:51:03

him and a strong drive from Jenson Button. And Michael Schumacher will

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be delighted, he celebrated in -- he celebrated 20 years in Formula

0:51:080:51:12

One this weekend and finishes in fifth place. What does that mean

0:51:130:51:18

for the Championship? No change at the front. But a lead is even

0:51:180:51:23

bigger, it is now 92 points. Lewis Hamilton in fifth place after his

0:51:230:51:30

accident. And Michael Schumacher is now in 8th place. The Constructors'

0:51:300:51:36

Championship is all about Red Bull at the moment, 131 points ahead of

0:51:360:51:40

McLaren. Let's hear from the main players in what was a pretty

0:51:400:51:44

exciting building Grand Prix. And enjoyable weekend for your

0:51:440:51:52

first F1 race at Spa? What lessons can be learned? It is a great track

0:51:520:51:55

and the experience has been fantastic. It shows when he

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qualified at the back with the mistakes we made yesterday, it is

0:51:590:52:04

pretty difficult to return. We came in the hope of scoring a lot of

0:52:040:52:08

points and Adrian has done that, but there is not a lot I could have

0:52:080:52:13

done after the first corner today. You should be smiling on this

0:52:130:52:16

anniversary because that was a great drive. At least something

0:52:160:52:22

worked out this weekend! It was exciting, a lot of bits and pieces

0:52:220:52:26

flying at the first corner. Unlucky I was not -- I was lucky I was not

0:52:260:52:31

in the middle and after that, a great strategy. The boys did a

0:52:310:52:37

fantastic job. I am happy with the result.

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At which point today did you think, in podium is definitely on here?

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After the safety car when I started overtaking people, I thought, the

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pace is pretty good considering of the damage we have. And most cars

0:52:530:52:59

have to pit and put Primes on but we have options. Is soft and better

0:52:590:53:06

tyre. So it was exciting. We passed a Renault and a Sauber and I passed

0:53:060:53:10

both down the outside. But then you have the problem with the Diarra s,

0:53:100:53:15

so I had them both behind trying to get passed on the straight -- the

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DRS. But I was able to key positions. If UN race. Little Miss

0:53:230:53:28

-- it was a good race. Little mistakes we have to stop happening

0:53:280:53:32

because we are quick enough. I am very confident in the car and feel

0:53:320:53:39

the best I ever have in Formula One, so we can get good races. And Monza

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is hopefully a race that will be competitive.

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The safety car came out and I had a fight with Fernando. I think the

0:53:480:53:55

safety car wanted me to pit. But I got the instruction to put the car

0:53:550:54:00

in some of the modes for the pit stop but I was on the wrong side of

0:54:000:54:05

the war and did not here properly. So that was a worry. I thought, I

0:54:050:54:10

am on of -- I am on all tyres and everybody has stopped except

0:54:100:54:15

Fernando. But I kept going. The car behaved well, and was happy with

0:54:150:54:22

how I drove to get a good result from what was probably one of the

0:54:220:54:26

team's best first and second positions ever. Congratulations, is

0:54:260:54:32

your happiness mixed with relief you are back on the top? I mean, I

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am very happy. I think it was a very good race for us. Not easy

0:54:400:54:43

because of the tyres, quite difficult to manage. And at the

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beginning, it was more about research and science rather than

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racing. We sacrificed a lot stopping early but we had a good

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feeling. And they came in again after the safety car came out to

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look at the tyres -- I came in. I can judge a bit from the inside but

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when you do 300, you see the tyres spinning rather than stopping and

0:55:080:55:14

you cannot take the time to look. So it was crucial to come back in

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and have a closer look and we knew that from then on, we only had one

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set of soft tyres left and the soft tyre was quicker. But I know the

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outcome now so I am very happy and obviously it is a big relief after

0:55:300:55:34

all the discussions we had a straight after qualifying and this

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morning before going into the race, so I am very happy.

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We are here at Spa and they are queuing up for Monza for the next

0:55:430:55:48

Grand Prix. David's thoughts on that race, Spa did not disappoint,

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did it? A great race, a wet and dry at the end. A fantastic pole

0:55:540:55:59

position 4 Sebastian Vettel. And unpredictable race with tyres

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playing a big part, could the options withstand the blistering? A

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strong Ferrari in the early part of the race, a fantastic comeback for

0:56:090:56:13

Michael Schumacher from 24th to fifth place, but it was Sebastian

0:56:130:56:18

Vettel again at the chequered flag. So how do you pick a driver of the

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day? They were all exceptional drivers. But in commentary, I said

0:56:280:56:31

you have to choose Michael because of the significance of the history,

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a 20 years since he made his Grand Prix debut, and Jenson Button,

0:56:360:56:40

whose passing was Supreme. And the biggest disappointment Lewis

0:56:400:56:45

Hamilton. He was getting too close to cars on track but it was

0:56:450:56:50

questionable how much of the blame you could apportioned to Lewis, but

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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.


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