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The Belgian Grand Prix

Presenter Jake Humphrey is joined by David Coulthard, Eddie Jordan and Martin Brundle as Formula One arrives at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.


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Previously. This season is under way! Lewis Hamilton wins! Fernando

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Alonso wins. Lewis Hamilton it never want to give up.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 142 seconds

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We have become rather familiar with that look. And after a few thousand

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miles, 11 races, four winners, only one Championship leader. From the

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start, that man has been Sebastian Vettel. For the first time can he

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win at Spa and conquer one of the most famous circuits in Formula

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One? Two men here who know how it feels to be on the top step at Spa.

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David, a you won the big homes, Silverstone, Monaco, where does

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this rank in your list of achievements? He has dominated from

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the beginning and David Coulthard wins in Belgium!

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No question, places so historic and I am extremely proud to have one

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here. It is an incredible race track and that is one When I am

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most proud. Mack it was not just a win, it was dominant, which is

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special for you guys. Mainly because McLaren were so dominant

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that year. I had to beat me to Hakkinen and we had a hostel at the

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first corner and I went. Talking at famous circuits like this, if we

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look at the calendar, we are going to Delhi for the first time,

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Singapore, is there still a place left for these famous bald circuits

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where the infrastructure is not as -- is not the same as the new

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places? I and the other extreme, I say there must be a place -- I am.

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I am an advocate for the French Grand Prix, because this is where

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the historic moment started and without this foundation, we would

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not have as strong as -- a Formula One. There is no benchmark if we

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are only racing in places like Delhi and Singapore. It is

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important to have historic places, these modern places will become

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historic, but things like Spa and Silverstone, you have to have them

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on the calendar, they are great. is a great play, the fans turn up

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in their thousands because they will know -- because they know they

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will get entertainment. There is something here that none of the

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teams can control, the weather. My advice, if you are planning a trip

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As you can see, the drivers are ready for what could be a wet day.

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It is not raining now but do not trust it, it could rain any second.

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It makes it difficult for teams, over the practice sessions, we had

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15 minutes of dry weather so there are plenty of one known ofs. One of

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the important things is to get information on the tyres. This

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strike is over seven kilometres. They do not know how far these

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tyres can go and so they have qualified and the journey into the

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unknown will begin in 50 minutes. We will see the qualifying report

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in a minute and it is very easy to get things wrong working out his

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strategy with the weather, how easy is it, you have been there? He

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might be the Championship leader, but I do not want to be run down!

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It is always difficult because you can second-guess. You never know.

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You look at the cloud and think you can get it right, you can never get

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it right here. The other extreme is pit dried out quick but because the

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circuit is so big and undulating, it tries in one sector and not the

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other. How do you cope with the tyre selection? This is a complete

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fools paradise. You never know way you will get and also have to be

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lucky. These cars have done well to get to the end with their front

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wings attached because all sorts of things were going on, it is truly

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mad when it is wet here. Plenty of the guys telling Ding Sebastian

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Vettel would like rain because it throws in a variable. -- plenty of

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the guys here. Sebastian Vettel does not need to win another race

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to be champion, look how far ahead I imagine it is unusual David

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Coulthard and Martin are no longer driving a Grand Prix car, but

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yesterday they were in a dry commentary box and the circuit was

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not that. This is Lee McKenzie. And rain or shine, Spa always

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throws up surprises, but nobody expected quite as early a shock. As

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he left the pit lane, Michael Schumacher lost a wheel, he had no

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control and smashed into the barriers. There is no reason to

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blame anybody, we all try it our best. And Paul de West Star was

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left as a spectator, and not very happy. -- Paul di Resta. I was told,

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we hate to tell you this, but somebody is quicker. I am not of --

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I am not aware of the situation around me, I do as I am told.

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Adrian Sutil made Inc -- made a mistake, debris on the track saw

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the red flag, out but with over six minutes on the clock, there was

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everything to play for. Jenson Button got his timing is wrong and

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was the next big name to fall. misunderstanding. I did my first

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lap and I did not know I have no more laps left, massively

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disappointing. There was an incident between of Lewis Hamilton

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and Pastor Maldonado resulting in boat heading to the stewards with

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their own version of what happened. From what I saw, it was quite

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dangerous and I have never had that experience since I have been

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raining -- racing. But I am not here to look at the footage, I do

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not know if it was just an accident. Lewis said that you swiped across

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the front of him, do you agree? do not. For the stewards gave

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Pastor Maldonado a five place grid penalty and reprimanded at Lewis

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Hamilton who managed to put his damaged car into second place on

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the grid. Fernando Alonso only came eight behind Bruno Senna in his

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Renault. Death ath. I am really happy, for expected to get in the

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top 10 and the wet conditions helped, I did a lap faster than I

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did when the conditions were drier. Another driver who could not stop

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smiling was Jaime Alguersuari who qualified in sixth place. I am

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happy for my team, it is a good opportunity for tomorrow to take a

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lot of points and to keep fighting in the Championship. The track

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dried as quickly as the cars went round and pole position was traded

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between the usual suspects. Mark Webber was kept of the from road by

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Lewis Hamilton and his team-mate Sebastian Vettel got his 9th pole

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position of the season. I am very pleased because the years before, I

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messed up and I was not really happy after qualifying. But today,

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Ballack came together well and no mistakes and everything was right.

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-- the lap came together. Sebastian Vettel takes the top spot,

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Lewis Hamilton alongside and Webber third looking for his first win the

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Year. Acre we are best for Jaime Alguersuari in sixth place. And

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Sergio Perez has never started so high in ninth place, with Vitaly

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Petrov in tenth place. Jenson Button will hope for rain as he

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starts in 13th place with Rubens Barrichello alongside. The five

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place penalty for Pastor Maldonado means he is tall -- he is in 21st

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place. And for his anniversary, Michael Schumacher props up the

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grid. Serious disappointment for the

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likes of Michael Schumacher and Pastor Maldonado, but this man is

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smiling because he starts in sixth place on the grid, his best

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qualifying since he started. Where did it all go right for you

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yesterday? We did a good job since Friday because we went out in

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extreme conditions. We have always been fast and show good potential.

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The car has improved since Hungary because we brought update here. It

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looks like we are getting there, the team, myself, everything is

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getting better. We are understanding the tyres better and

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the Championship. I would say that we are better than what it was

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before. I should question you, you started the season so badly and

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were threatened with the sack, did that make the difference firing you

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up? Not really. I always had confidence in what I could do and

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the team. I knew it would be a difficult Championship because

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everything changes in Formula One. I learnt almost nothing to what it

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was this year because everything was new for me and we changed so

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many things from the set up, the mechanical set up of the car, and

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everything changed since Valencia and Monaco. And it started to come

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well. You need to adapt to the tyres because the potential... It

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is just a matter are getting the tyres together in a consistent way

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and to have won the pit stop less than the others. Whatever it is,

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you scored points in four of the last five races so congratulations

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and good luck today. So he starts in sixth place on the grid but

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alongside him is a man who did not think he was driving until

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Wednesday, Bruno Senna. He is with David.

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Your best start in Formula One, a lot of people were talking, did you

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deserve this opportunity because it was difficult to judge where you

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were last year, but this is the best way to answer those critics?

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Yes, the best way to answer criticism is to perform. And in two

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years I did not have the opportunity to show what I could do.

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And then we got to last year with the car that was not competitive.

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So it was a good experience but now I am getting the chance to go in a

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car that can be in the top 10 and fortunately on my first attempt, I

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got into seventh place and hopefully this will continue. Today

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will be a tough race, I have been driving in dry conditions with high

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fuel but a learning curve is steep and I tried to learn as fast as

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You must be setting your sights to aim for points, what is your

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realistic sight. It is hard to say, I have had a good performance in

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the wet, so the dry performance is unknown. Some people are struggling

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with the tyres. Maybe our strategy can come to us. If I get points

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today, it will be a dream come true. Good luck. Thank you, it is so nice

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to be here just as the drivers are making their way up to the cars.

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Yesterday there was also a bit of negativey during qualifying,

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involving Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado. These two have already

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become acquainted on the track this year. This is what happened in

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Monaco when Pastor Maldonado was on for his first points finish and

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Lewis give him a nudge and Pastor Maldonado didn't score points. This

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Maldonado didn't score points. This is yesterday, Lewis nicked past him

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and after this, they went around the hairpin after the checkered

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flag has dropped and somehow had a coming together. We can see it from

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Lewis Hamilton's onboard. The stewards didn't like it. And Lewis

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gets a reprimand, Pastor Maldonado a five place grid penalty. What do

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clarn and Williams make of it? Let's find out. Your reaction?

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I said the penalty. I think I was, it was a difficult moment for

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everybody. It was not on purpose. Maybe a mistake. Lewis was found

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guilty of cause - o' causing the collision as well, but he doesn't

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gate penalty. I don't know why. Both drivers were involved. If that

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is the decision, we compete and that is it. Five place penalty for

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Pastor Maldonado, nothing for Lewis, but he was guilty of causing an

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accident. Do you think that is fair? Well I don't believe he was

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guilty of causing an accident. So I believe to have not received a

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penalty that affected this race was fair. On the o' other issue of

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Pastor Maldonado that is for the stewards to decide. Relief at

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McLaren. You were clear and said at the time Pastor Maldonado should be

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banned. Having seen it a few times, do you stand by that? Well maybe

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banned was extreme, he has been lucky to get off with only a five-

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place grid drop. There is no question that it was an accident.

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It was a deliberate action to flex muscles. It takes two cars to tango,

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but he has been lucky. You can be vicious when you want to be. We

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know that Nigel Mansell is the representative. What will he have

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said from a drivers' point of view to the stewards? First, they would

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have looked at everything and have seen the on board stuff and seen

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every angle. You are looking at it here. The situation for me is the

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checkered flag has come out. They're no longer racing, but

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they're on the track. There is an obligation to be correct, this

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looks on this angle to be a bad move. However I think the judges

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may have looked back and thought about Monaco and about the way

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Lewis squeezed him on the hairpin. You don't know. But they came up

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with a set of rules and the paddock feels it was fair. And they will

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probably be nowhere near each other, Lewis is second on the grid and

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Pastor Maldonado is 21st. But for Sebastian Vettel a perfect Saturday

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for him. Nine pole positions, six wins, 234 points. Can anybody catch

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Sebastian Vettel? We keep on working. We do our thing. We're who

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we're. Thank you. The first half of the season was simple for Sebastian

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Vettel. Turn up, qualify on pole. Win the race. Go home. But just as

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there was a risk of it getting boring, Vettel started losing. To

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Fernando Alonso. Lewis Hamilton. And Jenson Button. The reason? Red

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Bull went the wrong way on the car's development, while others

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have caught up. Is the car back to where you want it to be after a

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couple of race, where it has bt been? -- it hasn't been? We will

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see, I think we have learned from previous praises. Understood, we

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think that we have understood a lot. So we'll see this weekend how much.

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The chasing pack are all very difficult characters, and have

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their own strengths and weaknesses. Fernando Alonso, the bull fighter.

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Lewis Hamilton quick but impel youous. But what about the struged

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Australia ran? -- the rugged Australia Mark Webber? Fernando

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Alonso if their car is quick, they have a chance. Lewis is an attacker,

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very entertaining as well. I think that is why the public you know

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love watching him. Jenson Button on the other hand is, he is thinking a

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lot more about what is going on during the race and you can see

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that on occasions come through. It is a long race on a Sunday

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afternoon and Jenson Button is better at remembering that. Who is

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best equipped to give vettal a hard time -- Sebastian Vettel a hard

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time for the Championship? I think Fernando Alonso is probably the

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strongest. I think he is the one who can give Vettel the hardest

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time. Sebastian Vettel's last race retirement was in Korea last season

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and it is rare to go through a whole year without a car break down.

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So while McLaren and Ferrari can only hope for that to happen to

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Vettel, their best chance of catching him is to overtake the Red

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Bull on pure speed. Here at Spa, McLaren believe they have the

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fastest car. If you're quick here, you will be quick in Monday za.

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Then we are down to races that are -- quick in Monza, then we are down

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to high down force races. Hopefully we can can have a good fight.

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last five races, we have won three. So we're there, or thereabouts. We

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have a very good shot. I think the others will be working as hard as

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us. But it will be a close battle for sure. Even though Sebastian

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Vettel has a comfortable lead, talk of a mid season slump bothers him.

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Even in the celebration moment of a pole position at Spa. He has a

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message for doubters. Tofrpblgts confirm pole position. --

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confirm pole position. Oh yes, oh yes! That's the answer! Looking at

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the score board, Lewis, Fernando and Jensen, we saw last race, all

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will be pushing hard to win races in the rest of the season and try

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to you know get our spot in the charp ship -- Championship. JAKE

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HUMPHREY: The famous finger there. He was great yesterday in

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qualifying a second ahid of his team mate, for Webb it is the most

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difficult, if the car is working well for Mark, it is the same for

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Seb. Yes and Mark looked like he had the upper hand on Friday. All

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the way through Saturday morning and all the way through qualifying,

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until that last lap. It is the nature of the lap times and the

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track drying up. There is a huge sprid, but Seb pulled it out.

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last thing we want is difficult qualifying session for Fernando, he

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is eighth on the grid, the last thing we want and the current world

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champ yon, is for Seb to not win another race, but still take the

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title. He can pull back and drive at 0%. Well he answered that

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yesterday. -- at 80%. The evidence from yesterday, that was an

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electrifying lap. I was enthralled. Because I didn't think he was going

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to get it. He kept there, last lap, getting the, you know the great

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thing about Spa, you must be on the track when it is at its quickest

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and he was so he was technically brilliant. Today strategy in the

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race could be crucial. There noise rain at the moment. But you only

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have to look up to see the sky is covered in a blanket of cloud and

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we have less than half an hour until the case O' -- to the race.

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And the teams will have to have the tyres ready. On a dry track the

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untreaded slick tyre is the king of grip. As the maximum area of rubber

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bites into the surface. But they're fair weather friends. A road tyre

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only has grooves to clear the water. It is the rub hear the generates

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the grip. But a slick tyre can only push the rain aside and it will

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aquaplane on the surface of the water, instead of the track. In

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these conditions, the rubber cools and suddenly it is like driving on

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ice. There are two alternatives to solve this problem. The blue

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marketed intermediate tyres bridge the gap between wet and dry and the

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shallow grooves clear the rain at speed and surviving until it is

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nearly dry. The tread of the full tyre will tackle heavy rain,

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clearing up to 60 litres a second. But like a fish, they need water to

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survive. Given the brutal energy of a Formula One car. I'm going to do

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something crazy and run a wet tyre on a dry track. Just to show you

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 142 seconds

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there is no way you can carry a set significant and tyre choice can

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make or break a race. So difficult to make a judgment call now. What

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are they putting on? Intermediates. If you're five or six seconds

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faster for four laps, you may as well be out on these tyres and you

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will win a pit stop. It is drying up. They have given up on him. That

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has cost him the race. Be on the right tyres at the right time. JAKE

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HUMPHREY: That is more difficult than it sounds. One man hoping to

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use the weather and the tyres to get through is Michael Schumacher.

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He did it here in 1995, went from 16th to win. Just one of the 91

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wins he enjoyed in 20 years in Formula One. It is a huge

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celebration this weekend for Michael at this race. It was here

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in Spa 20 years ago that Eddie Jordan gave him his great moment.

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Here he was celebrating. We send him our congratulation and he has

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been going back to where it all began, sitting in a go cart! Racing

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has many meanings to me. One is the competition, man-to-man. One is the

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competition against yourself. It is the fighting spirit, always to

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search for the improvement. Always to go faster, always to go better.

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I needed a driver. When he came and tested a car on that Tuesday

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afternoon at Silverstone, the team were staggered and they rang me up

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and said, this is guy is either amazing or there is something they

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have changed on the track to make it shorter. I asked him, had he

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been to to Spa before. He said yes. I thraulgt that was a fib. What I

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went had you raced at Spa and the answer would have been no. Had he

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answered the question the way I felt he should have, he wouldn't

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have got the drive. I didn't know the track. I thought in TV it all

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looked different. Because when you see the cars go through Eau Rouge,

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you don't think it this a steep. Going on a bike you think what was

0:29:260:29:30

that. It was difficult, but it was so much joy and fascination to do

0:29:300:29:35

this, to feel the car, you are just on the edge and balancing on a

0:29:350:29:45
0:29:450:29:51

ended on the first lap. We were team-mates in 1992 and he turned up

0:29:510:29:56

with a level of fitness we were not used to, he could drive every

0:29:560:30:02

corner flat out and we had to raise again. He won his first race that

0:30:020:30:08

year at Spa. 23, Michael Schumacher the youngest winner for a long

0:30:080:30:13

time! It was unbelievable and I had to thank for team. He had a

0:30:130:30:18

confidence and fitness and speed that as a combination soon became

0:30:180:30:24

unbeatable. He was the first drivers -- driver to take fitness

0:30:240:30:29

levels to such a degree that driving a car in a Formula One race

0:30:290:30:34

was not a consideration. I could have a conversation in a race and

0:30:340:30:39

you would just not believe he was driving in a Grand Prix. My car

0:30:390:30:44

Schumacher, World Champion! And a brilliant race for Michael

0:30:440:30:50

Schumacher! The World Championship, at giving Ferrari and Italy veg

0:30:500:30:59

Reena! Them most outstanding titles to me is that. Five years of blood,

0:30:590:31:04

sweat and tears and he has got that reward! What was special was the

0:31:040:31:12

tough years we had before that. is going through! Out goes Michael

0:31:120:31:18

Schumacher! That did not work, Michael! My go Schumacher in his

0:31:180:31:22

prime I believe we do pretty much anything to win a Grand Prix

0:31:220:31:26

Michael Schumacher. Out goes Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill

0:31:260:31:30

has to retire, Michael Schumacher will be World Champion.

0:31:300:31:35

struggled to draw the line and could not understand criticism.

0:31:350:31:39

When he ran into the side of the Jacques Villeneuve and took Damon

0:31:390:31:45

Hill off in Adelaide for example. would do things differently. After

0:31:450:31:51

24 years in Formula One are, you have a few regrets -- I would do.

0:31:510:31:58

Maybe I should regret to go for an attack on David after he spoilt my

0:31:580:32:03

race in Spa again, actually! Michael Schumacher is out! He is

0:32:030:32:08

going to have it out with David Coulthard! Thankfully, at a couple

0:32:080:32:12

of big guys from McLaren stepped into separators so I did not have

0:32:120:32:16

to unleash my ninja warriors style on Michael! In life you have to

0:32:160:32:21

make mistakes to learn from them and the most important thing is to

0:32:210:32:27

do that. Michael Schumacher starts 16th on the bread and superbly wins

0:32:270:32:33

the Belgian Grand Prix! -- on the grid! Fire no way I can say aye can

0:32:330:32:37

one have a very prestigious number seven Championship here in Spa --

0:32:370:32:44

finally. In my career, he is a reference point, the best driver I

0:32:440:32:49

have ever seen. Michael Schumacher, and still believe will be

0:32:490:32:54

remembered as the greatest driver in history of Formula One -- I

0:32:540:33:02

still believe. Everybody has his own opinion about any person. I

0:33:020:33:06

think I just want to be treated fairly, that is the only thing that

0:33:060:33:13

I look for and to likes Me All loves me I am happy about, who does

0:33:130:33:17

not I understand me -- I understand because she cannot be loved by

0:33:170:33:23

everybody. -- and he likes me all who loves me.

0:33:230:33:29

And what a wonderful career for this man, 20 years, 91 winners, and

0:33:290:33:34

Michael Schumacher in his forties making his way out of the garage to

0:33:340:33:38

prepare for today's Grand Prix. And we have a real Michael Schumacher

0:33:380:33:46

fan here. I always knew it! Is your true hero, -- is he your true hero,

0:33:460:33:53

David? Is there a golden dragon on the back? This is Eddie Jordan's

0:33:530:34:00

style! I am disappointed he did not put one on his chin, it might have

0:34:000:34:06

straightened it up a bit! Michael in his press conference yesterday,

0:34:060:34:11

he stars and 24th place today, he said, I have experience and Spa

0:34:110:34:15

driving on three wheels so he will never forget the fact you created

0:34:150:34:19

that problem here. And Eddie might be can tell -- might be compelled

0:34:190:34:27

to tell us about that when! Sir Martin is on the grid, how is it?

0:34:270:34:32

It is wonderful and welcome to the most important 200 metres of. In

0:34:320:34:40

the world for the next 20 metres. We are back in 13th place. Looking

0:34:400:34:45

here at Jenson Button talking to his engineer having done his long

0:34:450:34:50

reconnaissance lap to get to the grid here. And we will hang around

0:34:500:34:55

and get a word from Jenson, disappointed with that

0:34:550:34:58

misunderstanding in qualifying where he had -- where he thought he

0:34:580:35:03

had another lap but he did not have the time or the fuel and had to

0:35:030:35:08

abandon the lap, but he had to stay hard on the throttle pedal. And the

0:35:080:35:13

penalty he has got. If he looks at the people on the grid, incredible,

0:35:130:35:18

hundreds here to work and hundreds more to profile and to soak up the

0:35:180:35:23

energy and try to understand what it feels like down here. And it is

0:35:230:35:29

pretty electric as it always is at Spa. Jenson, behind you is the

0:35:290:35:35

podium, can you see it, is it enticing? Very. We had a very

0:35:350:35:40

frustrating day yesterday, the place has been great all weekend.

0:35:400:35:44

When you are in 13th place and you have a good car and good pace, it

0:35:440:35:49

is not so bad, we can still have a good race. At least you can have

0:35:490:35:54

brand new tyres. And the story of today is blistered tyres, what is

0:35:540:35:58

your understanding? The poor were getting blisters in qualifying so

0:35:580:36:04

it is a problem -- people were getting. It is a problem with the

0:36:040:36:08

dirty track, at the tyres get too hot and I think it is from sliding

0:36:080:36:13

more than anything else. It should be better today but it is unknown

0:36:130:36:20

from here. Can you not maybe go more Conservative? They have done

0:36:200:36:26

four laps on their tyres, the top 10. That is great and we need that.

0:36:260:36:30

But I do not know if they have been allowed to change them.

0:36:300:36:35

understanding is they have not and Ferrari and others were upset, they

0:36:350:36:38

said, you have too much clean-up on the front wheel and that is your

0:36:380:36:43

problem. It is their problem. It is not the best position but we have a

0:36:430:36:50

good car and will have a lot of fun today. We look forward to it. And

0:36:500:36:57

at the front, Kamui Kobayashi is getting out. They are like jockeys,

0:36:570:37:04

these drivers, they are so small. Apart from people like Mark Webber.

0:37:040:37:11

Two Toro Rossos in the top 11. They can run any tyre they want to start

0:37:110:37:15

the Grand Prix but the top 10 are committed to running for tyres they

0:37:150:37:22

set their fastest lap on. We have Vitaly Petrov here. A quick word?

0:37:220:37:27

How was the track on a reconnaissance lap? It looks very

0:37:270:37:33

good at everything. We are confident but we expect the rain

0:37:330:37:37

about one away after the start of the race so it will be interesting.

0:37:370:37:43

Others think it will not rain. is coming next March that sounds

0:37:430:37:50

very confident, see you later. rain is coming, that is the first

0:37:500:37:55

time I have heard that and I have been asking around. Sergio Perez

0:37:550:37:59

has done extremely well. And we are getting in the way of tyres that

0:37:590:38:03

they used to come to the grid in case they get a puncture so they

0:38:030:38:09

are not risking a set for the race. And let's see if Sergio Perez is

0:38:090:38:19

around. I do not think he is. Rubens Barrichello, it is a long

0:38:190:38:24

walk from their! If you do not come to interview me, it is a long walk

0:38:240:38:30

for you! I will try to do better next time. What is happening? A

0:38:300:38:34

difficult weekend, any light at the end of the tunnel? Yesterday was a

0:38:340:38:40

lovely time to perform better. But there is a limitation for the part

0:38:400:38:45

on the dry and we have to work for -- wait for better weather.

0:38:450:38:52

stay out of trouble in turn one. Absolutely, you know that! Fernando

0:38:520:38:55

Alonso in eighth place and he is not talking to media this weekend,

0:38:560:39:02

I was strictly informed. We can look at his beautiful Ferrari. And

0:39:020:39:09

he has a busy time ahead of him. But it does seem, as he heads off

0:39:090:39:12

to the grid, a quick word, Fernando? I already knew the answer

0:39:120:39:20

to that! And so they are talking... Because it is difficult to warm up

0:39:200:39:25

the tyres in qualifying, it gives them an advantage if the tyres are

0:39:250:39:30

under pressure so they are saying, a you are not changing your tyres

0:39:300:39:35

because we have a car that can handle the situation. And Eric

0:39:360:39:42

Clapton, let's have a word with him. How are you? You are looking well!

0:39:430:39:48

Good to see you, we have not seen you for ages. I am working too much

0:39:480:39:53

at the moment. Have you watched a bit this year, what do you reckon?

0:39:530:40:00

I have watched every race. You like that rain, I do not like it. I

0:40:000:40:03

cannot stand for all that indecision, the tyres and all this,

0:40:030:40:09

it is a nightmare. You are a proper petrolhead, what do you think of

0:40:090:40:17

this gear wing and this DRS? It is all in here, isn't it? All the

0:40:170:40:22

boxes on the floor with the Qatar, it doesn't matter, it is in here,

0:40:220:40:29

isn't it? You know that. Are you are absolutely right, I have only a

0:40:290:40:36

minute left, I have to move on. He is a legend, Eric Clapton! We spoke

0:40:360:40:44

to Jaime Alguersuari before so we will keep going past. Nico Rosberg,

0:40:440:40:50

in the Mercedes in the top 10. Michael at the back of the field. I

0:40:500:40:57

want to get a feel for, let me show you if I can, if there is a we all

0:40:570:41:00

like this Ferrari of Felipe Massa who has a qualified his team-mate

0:41:000:41:05

for the second time this year. When you lean the top of the wheel

0:41:050:41:10

towards the chassis, that generate extra grip and they have 4.5

0:41:100:41:14

degrees allowed. There is talk some things have gone beyond what

0:41:140:41:19

Pirelli is recommending and that... As the car goes through the corner,

0:41:190:41:24

it tracks the tyre and overheat the inside shoulder and gets blisters

0:41:240:41:29

and Pirelli are very nervous about that. And it is on that almost all

0:41:290:41:35

the front-running cars. So that is a concern. They say, if you want to

0:41:350:41:39

change it can make you have to start from the pit lane, we will

0:41:390:41:46

not let you change the tyres or change and it is all about leaning

0:41:460:41:51

back front tyre. It warms up your tyres better in qualifying

0:41:510:41:56

especially on a damp track. We have a three-way engineer discussion and

0:41:560:42:02

it is quite unusual. 14 minutes before the race and we have heavy,

0:42:020:42:09

heavy conversations going on stale. And I am hearing that Christiane

0:42:090:42:15

horny -- Christian Horner, and want to understand a final decision on

0:42:150:42:24

these tyres. -- I want to. Sorry, can I just interrupt? Can we have a

0:42:240:42:28

definitive answer on whether you have been a land to change these

0:42:280:42:33

tyres? We have not been allowed and so are starting with the tyres we

0:42:330:42:37

qualified on yesterday's. With so little dry mileage, it gives the

0:42:370:42:45

tyres a hard time. Most of the guys near the front, at we are going to

0:42:450:42:49

have to keep a close eye on it. a scale of 10, how will read are

0:42:490:42:55

you described tales -- these front tyres might let you down? We have

0:42:550:42:59

spoken to the guys at Aurelio and we are happy or they would not be

0:42:590:43:04

on the car. It is the same for everybody but one session was dry

0:43:040:43:08

yesterday so that was the only chance we got to look at the tyres.

0:43:080:43:14

Back to you. Interesting decision-making process

0:43:140:43:18

by Eric Clapton, he does not like wet races so he chooses to come to

0:43:180:43:24

Spa or! The big discussion was the blistering on these front tyres and

0:43:240:43:28

we saw an in-depth conversation with Mark Webber. This is yesterday

0:43:280:43:33

after qualifying and the information we have got is that the

0:43:330:43:37

camber of the car is be on the specified limits Upper Arley and

0:43:370:43:42

both front tyres are blistered for Sebastian Vettel. Christian Horner

0:43:420:43:46

said, we are not too concerned about this. But if we look at a

0:43:460:43:50

conversation Sebastian Vettel was having before the race, he is

0:43:500:43:55

talking to a Bolelli representative and looks not particularly happy. -

0:43:550:44:01

- a pair rarely representative. And Mario not smiling, so how affected

0:44:010:44:06

could read all be by this situation? That is as animated as

0:44:060:44:10

Sebastian Vettel will get, that body language is severe and he is

0:44:100:44:15

telling him what he thinks. This gives you another side of what

0:44:150:44:20

racing drivers are like. There is an aggression and arrogance inside.

0:44:200:44:24

But he qualified and load -- on those tyres and the rule is he must

0:44:240:44:29

run on them. He blistered them, nobody else, and he got the benefit.

0:44:290:44:33

How can you go back and get another set of tyres because something

0:44:330:44:43
0:44:430:44:47

before they were worried about the tyres. If they were blistered, it

0:44:470:44:55

didn't affect Sebastian Vettel. Here is the pole lap. Sebastian

0:44:550:45:00

Vettel is on pole position. And this is one very brave lap. Let's

0:45:000:45:07

enjoy it together. 170mph down the pit straight, towards the La Source

0:45:070:45:11

hairpin. You can see there is still water on the track. They have been

0:45:120:45:15

going through qualifying on a drying track. This is the first

0:45:150:45:24

time on slick tyres, down to Eau Rouge at 180mph. Barely a hint of

0:45:240:45:31

lift on the throttle. Over 200 MP, spray coming off the left front

0:45:310:45:41
0:45:410:45:43

tyre as he heads to the braking zone for Les Combs. That turn taken

0:45:430:45:48

at 100mph. Very confident on the curves. Rivage corner, 80mph. The

0:45:480:45:53

front reluctant to go through. Picks up the throttle nicely. The

0:45:530:46:01

corn we are no name, a tricky off camber down towards Pouhon. You

0:46:010:46:08

turn at 18mph, like threading the eye of a needle trying to keep the

0:46:080:46:15

car on the track. Then the chicane at 120mph. Total confidence to nail

0:46:150:46:23

the throttle pedal, flick left for the next turn. Now let the cargo,

0:46:230:46:27

full throttle through second part as he keeps the car on the dry part

0:46:270:46:36

of the track. There is a long left hander, he has the DRS wide-open

0:46:360:46:44

and still confident enough to go on the curve. That ends a tricky and

0:46:440:46:51

difficult final chicane. Just 65mph. A short run to the checkered flag.

0:46:510:46:55

The 4th pole position for Sebastian Vettel and that was -- 24th pole

0:46:550:47:02

position for Sebastian Vettel and that was very well earned. JAKE

0:47:020:47:07

HUMPHREY: What a guy, what a lap. It would be good to discuss how he

0:47:070:47:11

is always the last man over the line. His aim would be to run and

0:47:110:47:16

hide, get out of the one second zone where drivers can open their

0:47:160:47:22

DRS and overtake. The zone starts at Raidillon and people think we

0:47:220:47:27

could have a turkey -- Turkey situation where it is too easy to

0:47:270:47:33

overtake. He has an advantage. It is a short run-up to the first

0:47:330:47:39

corner. The pole position is at its best. Don't see anyone touching him.

0:47:390:47:44

Thiss what is happening -- this is what is happening on the grid. Here

0:47:450:47:49

is Paul di Resta. I know you didn't qualify where you wanted to, what

0:47:500:47:57

can you do from that position? Hopefully here our can is strong.

0:47:570:48:03

It has been strong in the wet or dry. It was an unfortunate day for

0:48:030:48:07

both cars. I believe we can move forward. The unknown is how long

0:48:070:48:15

tyre will last, given we have only got five laps worth of data.

0:48:150:48:20

will this pan out, last time Lewis Hamilton was signature second and

0:48:200:48:25

won. Can he do it again? Of course he can. The weather could have a

0:48:260:48:31

huge effect. But I have a suspicion this will be a dry race and I would

0:48:310:48:35

watch out for Fernando Alonso. I didn't think say he would win, but

0:48:350:48:40

watch out for him. Keep your eyes on the start. And of course we're

0:48:400:48:44

also live on BBC1 HDF you miss anything, you can find it on the

0:48:440:48:50

iPlayer. But I suggest you go no wr. With Martin Brundle is David

0:48:500:48:56

Coulthard. They're gearing up for a race that always deliver it is time

0:48:570:49:03

for the 2011 Spa Grand Prix live from this place, Spa-Francorchamps.

0:49:030:49:09

It is the most impressive track that we have around. Long, quick,

0:49:090:49:19
0:49:190:49:19

wet... It is massively fast. like being on the edge. You make a

0:49:190:49:25

mistake, you're going to hurt yourself. They go through Eau Rouge

0:49:250:49:28

flat out. There is always that challenge whether you're good

0:49:280:49:38
0:49:380:49:45

enough. I can't wait to get on it. MARTIN BRUNDLE: It is round 12 of

0:49:450:49:53

19 in this year's Formula One. The 44th Grand Prix here at the Spa

0:49:530:49:58

circuit in Belgium and it is a 44 lap race. Rain has played a key

0:49:580:50:04

part and qualifying was a thriller. And gave us a very interesting grid

0:50:040:50:09

to say the least. Driving on the track was challenging at the end,

0:50:090:50:17

but we saw some sensational efforts and bravery too as they committed

0:50:170:50:21

to 180mph corners when the track was still damp. The three sectors

0:50:210:50:26

that we will watch through the Grand Prix. 23 degree out there.

0:50:260:50:29

Not much humidity at the moment. Of course, we heard from Vitaly Petrov

0:50:290:50:33

on the grid, he is convinced there will be rain within the hour. Cloud

0:50:330:50:38

is bubbling up as we often see hee. But at the moment although it did

0:50:380:50:43

spit a bit of rain while I was on the grid. So there is moisture on

0:50:430:50:47

the air, but nothing to challenge the drivers at this time. So a

0:50:470:50:51

fascinating grid line up. What can Michael Schumacher do from 24th and

0:50:510:50:55

last on the grid after losing that wheel in qualifying? Jenson Button

0:50:550:50:59

and Paul di Resta also out of position after their communication

0:50:590:51:05

problems. But David, tyres had dominated the paddock conversation

0:51:050:51:10

this morning haven't they? And how would you feel there there was --

0:51:100:51:17

if there was talk of blistering front tyres? I would be nervous. I

0:51:170:51:23

am used to talking about blistering rear tyres. That is what we saw

0:51:230:51:27

during the tyre war between Michelin and bridge ston. You could

0:51:270:51:33

run around with blisters on your tyre. Provide it didn't delaminate,

0:51:330:51:38

it was safe. But front tyre blistering, I don't recall

0:51:380:51:44

experiencing that. I don't if you did. Only on qualifying tyres.

0:51:440:51:52

Eau Rouge, Blanchmont, Pouhon, this is not the track to commit your

0:51:520:52:00

front axle to the turn. I would be nervous. It is as if the tyres have

0:52:000:52:06

been dragged across the track and overheating. And the rears, yes,

0:52:060:52:12

you putting 750 horsepower through the rear tyres, blistering is not

0:52:120:52:17

unusual. If you're committing to Eau Rouge at 185mph and chunking

0:52:170:52:21

bits of rubber off, it will be nerve racking. That is a point.

0:52:220:52:26

They have not experienced this. No one has seen the front blistering

0:52:260:52:31

so far. So we don't know what to expect. The fact that all the cars

0:52:310:52:35

have taken their grid slots, then this is going to be a journey into

0:52:350:52:40

the unknown. What is Lewis Hamilton doing with his left hand? Taking

0:52:400:52:44

some air? Cooling it and giving him a nice cool down. I wouldn't

0:52:440:52:49

thought he would need too much o' that with an air temperature of 16

0:52:490:52:55

degrees. Maybe he is a bit... always muggy in four layers of

0:52:550:53:05
0:53:050:53:22

this race. Adrian Sutil crashed the car yesterday. Paul di Resta came

0:53:220:53:30

in listen they told him to, but shouldn't have. Naughty boy, Pastor

0:53:300:53:38

Maldonado in 21st with that penalty. Michael Schumacher... Right at the

0:53:380:53:42

back of the field. Some were saying, do you think he will start from the

0:53:420:53:46

pit lane. I can't see any point. He doesn't need, it won't help him

0:53:460:53:51

with fresh tyres. He will be guaranteed to be last in the first

0:53:510:53:56

corner. So will it just help him stay out of trouble? RADIO:

0:53:560:54:04

Obviously a bit of braking at turn one. Give your brakes a good wallop

0:54:040:54:10

on the first lap. A nice reminder. They will have a light in the

0:54:100:54:14

cockpit to tell him he is above a threshold where his brakes are at

0:54:140:54:20

the correct temperature. There is nothing wrong with Bruno Senna's

0:54:200:54:25

car, it is the bite point find that he was doing. But that is a good

0:54:250:54:29

point he engineer made, it is a light brake into turn one and then

0:54:290:54:37

you will be at 90 % throttle into Les Combs. Then you will need your

0:54:370:54:43

brakes. But it is a light braking into Les Combs, I wouldn't be as

0:54:430:54:47

concerned as if he was making his debut at Monza, where you go

0:54:470:54:53

through the first chicane and go around into the second chicane and

0:54:530:54:58

find your brake temperature is below 500 degrees. Talking to

0:54:580:55:02

Jenson Button, I said I thought he may try something different. He is

0:55:020:55:09

on hard tyres. As is Michael Schumacher. RADIO: Everyone on hot

0:55:090:55:13

tyres. Michael is on option. That is not the information we have. It

0:55:130:55:17

is the harder tyres, it is the medium,pound marked in white.

0:55:180:55:23

Michael trying to find out what the opposition has. I'm getting told

0:55:230:55:28

that Jenson Button is also on the same tyres. So we will have to wait

0:55:280:55:33

and see if that is correct. But everyone else on the softer tyre.

0:55:330:55:37

Of course Sebastian Vettel is, because he has got to start the

0:55:370:55:42

race on the tyres he set his fastest lap on. Is that a sign,

0:55:420:55:47

that is what the blistering looks like. You can cannot tell if that

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is pick up on the front left. But once they're running at speed, look

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at that front left, you see it is unloading. It is probably pick up.

0:55:570:56:02

The confirmation I'm getting is that not what they told Michael

0:56:030:56:07

Schumacher that, Jenson Button is definitely on the white marked

0:56:070:56:12

medium compound tyre, the slower of the two tyres. So he should be able

0:56:120:56:15

to g further. One thing on the blistering, the fact they have had

0:56:150:56:23

the chance to put the tyres through a heat cycle. Jenson Button has

0:56:230:56:28

decided not to take any risks on that option tyre from new. He could

0:56:280:56:32

have run a scrub set. But that will affect his overall lap time, but

0:56:320:56:39

may allow him to go further in his race strategy -- strategy. It may

0:56:390:56:45

cost him a metre or two off the grid. Butless bargaining that the

0:56:450:56:50

McLaren start system will cover any deficiency in the tyres. A long

0:56:500:56:53

formation lap. Anything you do differently to prepare for the

0:56:530:56:58

start? It gives you more time the get heat into the brakes. You must

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get as much heat in the carbon heat that. Radiates out to the wheel and

0:57:030:57:10

warms up the tyres and maintains your tyre precious. What are you

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expecting as this race unfolds? stops is the faster option, but I

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think that we will see most of top ten go for three stops. They have

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done four or five tracks in the tyres. So with Pirelli saying you

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can only get ten laps to 15 laps out of options, they are already

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well into that. Plenty of burn oupts going on. They have put on a

0:57:400:57:44

different engine mapping to spin the rear wheels up and get maximum

0:57:450:57:52

attempt into the rear tyres and ready to launch their 640 kilogram

0:57:520:58:01

car, plus fuel, towards and we have a lot of smoke. It is the Mercedes.

0:58:010:58:06

The drivers have made their way through. It is narrow and short,

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five lights and then the La Source hairpin awaits. It is under way.

0:58:130:58:18

Sebastian Vettel gets away, Rosberg flying, Mark Webber didn't get

0:58:180:58:24

going and Massa is in second place. Sebastian Vettel goes wide, contact

0:58:240:58:29

behind and that is a Toro Rosso there, the two Lotuss got together.

0:58:300:58:34

The second Ferrari of lance -- Fernando Alonso coming back.

0:58:340:58:38

Ferrari into fourth. Sebastian Vettel leads from the very fast

0:58:380:58:42

starting Nico Rosberg and then it is Lewis Hamilton. A lot of contact

0:58:420:58:49

at the first corner. We will need to see the replay. We have that is

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Rosberg outside Vettel into turn one. Nico Rosberg takes the lead in

0:58:560:59:00

the Grand Prix with tremendous straight line speed. What bravery

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from him on the first few corners. Look at the lead he is pulling out.

0:59:050:59:12

Jenson Button is up to 12th. Mark Webber is back between the saubers

0:59:120:59:18

and in eighth. Mark Webber as he did last year, from pole position,

0:59:180:59:28
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after the first corner and ABBA give you a run down. Rosberg,

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Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa, Alonso. Petrov is in 10th place.

0:59:430:59:49

Alguersuari on the first corner. And it's very broken front wing.

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Michael Schumacher in 15th place already from the 24th slot on the

0:59:551:00:00

grid, so he stays clear of the trouble. Paul di Resta up into 13th

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place so a very good start. Bruno Senna in 14th. Hamilton is

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defending from Fernando Alonso. He was already ahead of him. So,

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Fernando Alonso on the attack. Rosberg leads by 0.4 seconds.

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Button still tough. Schumacher now 14th, he passed Barrichello.

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Maldonado in 17th. Look at the wrong he has got. Fernando Alonso

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is so much faster down Raidillon. Hamilton looks back. Fernando

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Alonso defends well, no DRS at this point in the Grand Prix. And the

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speed he had over the top of Eau Rouge, it looked like the car was

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going at about 15 mph faster. He has had contacted the first corner

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and his new nose has been fitted so after a great qualifying, not a

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great start to this grand prix. much contact. Lotus, Kovaleinen has

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pitted. Timo Glock, Bruno Senna and Bruno Senna... Look how well Felipe

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Massa is hanging on as well. That bodes very well. Fernando Alonso

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has passed Lewis Hamilton soul into 4th place. Hamilton in 5th place.

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And then Sebastien Buemi. The yellow flags are out. Alguersuari.

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This might not be a bad thing for Sebastian Vettel, he is being held

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to do so were Ps and any fear of overheating as front tyres is

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keeping him. It isn't running as fast as it would normally go so he

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is getting the position and I would expect the DRS will be available

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within the one-second window and he should be able to pass Rosberg.

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we are sliding around in turbulent air, he will understeer or even

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more. Fernando Alonso the fastest man on the track. The cars running

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on the ground with all of that fuel. Rosberg go in Defence 1. -- going

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defensive. And he just takes that lead comfortably. The DRS has been

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enabled. Look at the top four. Covered by under two seconds and

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Hamilton struggling to hang on and Mark Webber, just did not get away.

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Let's look at the action in the first corner. Both found a car's...

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Bruno Senna has gone end and they tapped Alonso. Bruno Senna went

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into deep on the brakes and hit the Toro Rosso of Alguersuari and he

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almost collected Fernando Alonso and that looks like Bruno triggered

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that one. He went down to stall. That is there to stop the engine

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dying but he would have to put in touch again and by that time he was

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swamped as we get this Great Yew of Bruno Senna showing he is rusty. --

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great view. And this view is from Alguersuari. Minding his own

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business in the middle and he is about to get a proper thump. He

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actually broke his suspension. He engaged Fernando Alonso. Jensen

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Button's front wing is damaged, so much so that they are bringing him

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in for a pit-stop to put the new one on. That is affordable for his

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wrist. The -- horrible for his race. Sebastian Vettel is in. We also

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have Button in for that new road -- nose cone. Nearly two seconds

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quicker than Rosberg and the previous lap. Fernando Alonso

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having a look at Felipe Massa. Felipe Massa had DRS because he was

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one second behind so he is getting the benefit of 20 kilometres per

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hour on top of his top speed. It is like a stalemate. Fernando Alonso

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must have walked speed! -- walk. We are on lap four only. So much chaos.

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Absolutely extraordinary. I want a replay of the radio message from

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last year. Fernando is faster than you. It does look at this stage

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that he will have the cushion he might need to keep the lead.

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Bull are in trouble with their tyres, big trouble for Mark Webber

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to comment and put on medium tyres. Jensen is able to run on the soft

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tyre for this stint. Just having a discussion as to whether they need

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to bring Sebastian Vettel end. His pace is good but surely it's only a

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matter of time before he has to comment. Nico Rosberg defending for

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all of his worth against Felipe Massa. The Ferrari are looking

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mighty. I can see the marks on the front tyres at the moment. You can

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only see the front tyres on the slow corners. Fernando Alonso in

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the double slipstream. Can Felipe Massa a brave this out around the

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outside? He will get a better run- up here. He was Hamilton catching

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him and it is a better run into the braking zone. He has gone into deep.

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Can Felipe Massa a comeback? He almost touched the grass to make it

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work. Some smoke coming off the back of Felipe Massa. Challenging

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for second place. He goes down to 5th place in a match of three

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corners. It is certainly open race day at Ferrari. Fernando Alonso

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pushing his team-mate as wide as he possibly dead. That almost ended in

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tears for them. That was a golden opportunity for Lewis Hamilton. It

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did look like he was struggling to keep pace. Here is a replay.

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Fernando Alonso comes hard off the top in to turn No. 6 and down the

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inside. That used to be gravel. Last year he would have been

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bouncing through the gravel. And the situation were Lewis Hamilton

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would have deployed his Kers system. Sebastian Vettel pitch from the

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lead to put on another set of the soft tyres. Interesting. That is

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different to what they did with Mark Webber. We did not really see

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his pit stop. We are pretty sure that they put the median compound

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on a Mark Webber and do they put the soft one on to Sebastian Vettel.

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So, Nico Rosberg will be in the lead. He was looking quick at this

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stage. We have a broken rear wing on the Toro Rosso. They have to

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slow right down and pit. Kobayashi as well. I wondered if

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they had contact? They have to call him in, that is so dangerous. Perez

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

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screen. Sebastian Vettel has petted. It does seem that these tyres we

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have been talking about have really hurt Red Bull at the moment more

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than anybody else, which is why I am sure that McLaren and especially

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fiery are saying, they cannot change their suspension set-up and

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tyres. It is questionable whether any fresh set are less likely to

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blister. Red Bull do not need to win this grand prix to win the

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championship. They should bear on the side of caution and listen to

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the drivers. The tyres for opening up. Fernando Alonso having a look.

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Rosberg is having a great front -- top speed. Even at the Kers system

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and the di Resta double, they're not making much headway into

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Rosberg. We have tried through his for Bruno Senna. And Timo Glock.

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For good measure. Two drivers already having pitted for damage

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and now have to drive through the pits at a cost of around 16 seconds.

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Look at that, Fernando Alonso very fast at the top of Raidillon. He

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has to go the long way round. Once you have that momentum, there is

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nothing the other driver can do. But in driving off the road and

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that isn't an option at 200 plus mph. Only on a seven. Action

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everywhere, I am enjoying this. Tremendous. Remember, Fernando

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Alonso started in eighth place on the grid and he has a very

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comfortable lead. The Red Bull cars have already put it. There is a

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long way to go. -- petted. Jensen Button after that pit-stop... That

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is normally were the robber erupts. It is that the Left Front. It looks

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like the right as well. He will be feeling that. Rosberg driving a

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fantastic defensive race. I don't think the expected to lead this

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grand prix, looking at their pace on Saturday and Sunday. They seem

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to have lost some of that. The DRS isn't available here. Hamilton

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having to get out of the throttle. His team-mate, Nico Rosberg, the

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head of 10. I thought he was almost heading for the Pits, he took such

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a tight turn. I have seen worse blisters and that. They are new to

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Formula One, you do not know what they will do. How does he come off

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the top of the hill, Nico Rosberg? The DRS is available now. Surely,

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Lewis Hamilton, without really wide open, can go down the outside and

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it is a clean pass. Into second place. OK, his front tyres will not

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feel quite so bad now. That will be clean air, making his car feel a

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lot better. On the 9.6 seconds off the lead. Sebastien Vettel, in 6th

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place, having made that pit stop. As we watch Sebastian Vettel

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passing Kobayashi. He is up into 5th place and in that case, a so

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what you said is interesting. Red Bull are not under pressure to

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necessarily win everything, they might be taking a more cautious

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approach. But having made that it's a, Sebastian Vettel is looking

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handy, P6, less than 10 seconds away from the battle for the lead.

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We can expect them to come in in the next two - five laps. It is

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only 44 laps, this grand prix. To get to the end of the usable life

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of those times. -- tyres. They will watch them through here. It is. 60

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mph, this chicane, Fernando Alonso Pits from what was the lead,

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Hamilton leaves the Grand Prix. The same concept as they are using with

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Sebastian Vettel. They have a good supply of brand new tyres available

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as the only used one set and they will qualify with three of each.

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The only use one of each. He comes out in front of Mark Webber. Mark

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Webber fancies a run, they are so close! Fernando Alonso had to lead

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and just as well he did. You can all mighty coming together. Mark

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Webber is 35 and he was not lifting around the outside. Look at this,

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he flicks down the inside and he is not going to give. They nearly

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touch. That is incredible. Fernando Alonso saved them from an all

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mighty accident there. But you have to admire Mark Webber, the throttle

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pedal wasn't coming up, as we see the damaged front wing of Kobayashi.

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Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari stopped and Sebastien Buemi has

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retired. We saw him with his wing hanging off. So both Toro Rossos

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out. Senna is back out, having made his drive through. Fernando Alonso

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is all over the back of Mark Webber, because Mark Webber stopped lap

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three. So he has six laps more on the tyres. Fernando Alonso has to

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make a right in the next lap or two. Lifting out in Blanchmont. A car in

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front of him. That is Kobayashi I think. No, it's Force India.

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almost contact there, Mark Webber makes his way through. It is Adrian

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Sutil. And this is for a position. That is why Adrian Sutil won't

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yield. Adrian Sutil still fighting for all his worth. He is entitled

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to. He is between the Red Bull and the Ferrari. I don't think he will

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be giving Fernando Alonso too much. Fernando Alonso though has the

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speed and Sutil will have to lift off the throttle. What brilliant

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driving, as they head through that at 185mph. Look at the speed hes --

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he has got off Raidillon. Lon Lens takes that position back. --

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Fernando Alonso take there is a position back. Massa has also

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pitted. Mark Webber has gone out on the medium compound tyre. He has a

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different strategy. Remember, if you're now Formula One, hello,

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welcome, they have to use, it was a dry Grand Prix, they have to use

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both types of tyre during this 44- lap race. Hits the DRS zone, opens

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the flap and it will gain him 20kph or the terse -- kilometres an hour.

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Ted? TED KRAVITZ: that DRS zone making overtaking very easy.

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McLaren comes out for Lewis Hamilton. That was good for Lewis

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Hamilton that Fernando Alonso was held up. RADIO: Blistering tyres.

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Nico Rosberg's engine is fine, but his braibs were smoking on the grid.

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As Lewis Hamilton pits. They don't look that bad. There was some

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blistering on the inside-edge. They are not concerned about the

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construction, but they don't know, once you break that surface, will

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it delaminate. It is a long lap. Very high speed over 240 kilometres

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an hour average speed. They all ering on the side of caution.

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Hamilton slots back in. We missed the bravery of Rosberg and

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Sebastian Vettel going through Blanchmont side by side. That is

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not something I would want. There are some reasons why I am not doing

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this any more, I wouldn't want to be side by side with Fernando

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Alonso on Eau Rouge or through Blanchmont. Sebastian Vettel was

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not going to give up. RADIO: Vettel has blistered his new tyres.

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Remember what we talked about, take it easy if you can. Remind us why

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the Red Bull is harder on its front tyres? Apparently they're running a

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higher front camber. It is not highest in the grid, but that puts

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more heat on the shoulders and that could be one of the reasons. It

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could be he is just going faster. Camber, they lean the top of the

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tyre in. Your road cars have it a bit. Lean the top of the tyre and

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when you go around the corner and the tyre tux under through loads,

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you frepbt the face of the tyre -- you present the face of the tyre to

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the track better and you don't put as much camber on the rears.

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don't want that for traction, too much rear camber will affect your

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ability to put the footprint down. But it will help you. We have now

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got Rosberg in the pits. Shuement Michael Schumacher is up there with

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-- Michael Schumacher us up there with Massa and Button. That was a

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slow stop. He has gone again to the soft tyre. Why are they not, if

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they're blistering tyres, why aren't they going to the more

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secure compound? Because of the lap time, the option tyre is over a

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second quicker. The blistering is a concern for the tyres, but not in

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term of lap time. You don't want to give away that performance of the

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running on the harder tyre. There is Mark Webber on the medium

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compound tyre. That was a pass for position. He is now up to fourth

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having passed Kobayashi. Petrov is in sixth, Sutil seventh, Lewis

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Hamilton is eighth. Nico Rosberg has now left the pits. We see Lewis

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Hamilton on Sutil again. The second time he has passed Sutil, having

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made a pit stop in between. Lewis Hamilton then has been told, what

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we talked about, let's work out how the -- to protect the front tyres.

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It is the corner where the tyres are sliding across the track that

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overheats them. Fernando Alonso still piling on the sector times.

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Sebastian Vettel leads on lap 12 from Fernando Alonso. And on board

1:21:311:21:38

with Lewis Hamilton next. The target is Petrov. You can't get on

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the inside at Blanchmont. And passed in a flash. The faster car

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sh better tyres. Fernando Alonso, another new fastest lap. But Mark

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Webber is matching that. Fernando Alonso is over a second faster than

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Sebastian Vettel. So the next four laps will be on him. That is Lewis

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Hamilton taking Kobayashi with that damaged front wing. I imagine his

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car is sliding around and understeering badly. And Lewis

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Hamilton can use the DRS, because he was within a second, when even

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though he passed oh contacted, Lewis Hamilton into the barriers,

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and Kobayashi came back on the outside of him. Lewis wasn't aware

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that he was there. Or chose and into the tyres. Lewis Hamilton out

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of the Grand Prix. He thought he had got the pass done. But

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Kobayashi was coming back at him. It has still got the DRS wide-open.

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Bizarre how Kobayashi had so much top speed, he didn't have his DRS

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open. And he was getting passed by hue wis. Lewis Hamilton will be

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fine after that. No big impact. Slid along the barrier. But the

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safety car is out. That is obviously very bad news for Lewis

1:23:101:23:16

Hamilton. But good news for the runners who are concern about

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blistering tyres. But it is just he doesn't seem to be able to find the

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luck this year. If there is is an incident that is marginal. I don't

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think he was at fault there. He was already, he had made the move.

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Going down the hill. He thinks he has got the move down and he goes

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over to take his normal racing line it is a big initial impact. I agree

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with you, it shouldn't be too serious. And unsurprisingly, Red

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Bull are using the safety car opportunity to make what could be a

1:23:541:23:58

three pit stop, other than losing track position in the crocodile

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that forms behind the safety car. Having seen it again, how do you

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apportion blame in that incident? Well it didn't look like Lewis was

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moving back across to the left. He was still giving him space. You can

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see the Red Bull out there. Jenson Button is in for a stop. It look

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like Kobayashi started to turn in before Lewis Hamilton started to

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turn in. You can't do that. You can't just turn in and hope the guy

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on the inside is going to respond. We need to see a few more camera

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angles. But any way you cut it, not a good afternoon for Lewis Hamilton.

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It seemed to me as if Lewis Hamilton hadn't recognised that

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Kobayashi was coming back at him. I think he thought he had got the

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pass done. I don't think I understand why Kobayashi thought he

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could go around the outside. He would have to filter in. When he

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reflects on it, he will think that is a missed opportunity. So your

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point is why was Kobayashi putting his car there and not falling into

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line? You lose less time. When you're being overtaken, you accept

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that and you try and minimise the time loss. Because if you cannot

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lose an extra amount, that might be crucial to help you re-pass the guy,

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or later. Look at that, the barrier's separated where the front

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of that car has made impact. Here we go. I think Lewis Hamilton, he

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is looking right, he looking at the apex and not at his left hand

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mirror. He thinks he is ahead. he wasn't moving to left. Kobayashi

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started to turn in. We need to see that again. If we get the chance

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while the safety car it out. Here we go. Let's see the direction of

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travel Lewis Hamilton has gone relative to the inside of the track.

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That is why those noses are so heavily crash tested. It did what

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it should to absorb the energy. Lewis Hamilton was on the full left

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hand side of the track and then moved to the middle. Almost as if

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he felt he needed to defend again. Ted is at McLaren. TED KRAVITZ: the

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team say that Lewis Hamilton is fine. They believe his favure to

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move was because he was winded. But it was frustration. He was going so

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well. He was looking after the tyres and had Red Bull under

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control, McLaren feel, and would have been close with Fernando

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Alonso for the lead and perhaps the victory. So they feel it was Lewis

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Hamilton being ultraannoyed and frustrated. He has been taken out

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of a race he could have won. Indeed. As we see the HRT of Daniel

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Ricciardo. Is he going on the -- to be the fourth driver to retire?

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Kobayashi is in the pits, new tyres and new front wing. Here is a run

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down of the order after all those stops and crashes. Fernando Alonso

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leads the Grand Prix. From Mark Webber. Sebastian Vettel is third.

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Felipe Massa fourth, Nico Rosberg fifth, Kobayashi was sixth but

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pitted. Then its Adrian Sutil and then Sergio Perez, Petrov, Michael

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Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Jenson Button pitted as well. We

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will have to see when they all form up behind the safety car what the

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line up is. Sebastian Vettel has got a free pit stop out of this. He

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has done two stops sh put another set of option tyres on in third.

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Because when Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber go for their second

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stops, we know that will cost them at least 20 seconds on the track.

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They're unlikely to be able to break away from Sebastian Vettel.

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Don't forget the restart. So the big question is how far can you go

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on that second set, or that third set of option tyres? Third and

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final set of option tyres. And he is forced to use the white-marked

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medium tyre. Team boss Christian Horner. He will be thinking, here

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is one driver we haven't got to beat this afternoon, which is Lewis

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Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton was a serious contender to win this race.

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Ferrari have looked good from the start. And despite everything, Red

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Bull, despite tyre changes and different strategies, Red Bull are

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very much in the action. Nico Rosberg staying in there too. So we

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will get, as they come out of the second part, we will gate full run

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down soon. When the line goes through this point I will give you

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a full run down of exactly what the order is. We're on lap 15, Fernando

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Alonso from Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa, Kobayashi,

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still showing sixth, I don't know in if that is right. Adrian Sutil,

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Paul di Resta, Sergio Perez, Vitaly Petrov. And then Michael Schumacher

1:29:221:29:32
1:29:321:29:49

Timo Glock. Out of the Grand Prix. Alguersuari, Sebastien Buemi. No

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sign of the safety car coming in, they are the men who will make that

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decision. As to win they are satisfied that the area has been

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cleaned up. When they be concerned about that barrier looking at that

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second hand? By I think they will be. The chances of having another

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car hitting that in exactly the same players are slim but can you

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take the risk? They might take the view that it still falls under FAI

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regulations. It did look a more open than I would have felt

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comfortable with if I was barrelling towards it. What are the

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chances of any car doing that again? Personally, I would not stop

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the Grand Prix for it to repair the barrier. We have all been up there,

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with punctures and failed suspension and brakes but we tend

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to go straight on. Once the car actually stop on the left-hand side,

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along the wrong and they continued racing and we all agreed afterwards

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we should not have a stationary car on the track and it was in an area

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where they could not recover the car without the safety car. It is

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obviously not the situation we are looking at you. They are taking

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their time and getting that he churchy out of the way. Another

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line on strategy, Sebastian Vettel, the winner of this safety car

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period by coming in and changing tyres, and he will take the lead

1:31:381:31:43

when Fernando Alonso needs to pit. His tyres are nine abseiled down

1:31:431:31:51

but he could have given them a rest at some point under this system.

1:31:511:31:54

Whoever is running that conscious strategy, he will be faster towards

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the end of the race. This is the 10th Belgian Grand Prix. That has

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been affected by safety cars. They are a relatively recent thing and

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the high-speed nature means if you do have an excellent, it is high

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speed. They have bolted. You can overtake as an issue have got over

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that line and it will then be a drag race down to the first corner.

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And it is Sebastian Vettel going up the inside of Mark Webber. Webber

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maintain his position as we see Perez on the inside of petrol. No

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contact this time around. And Fernando Alonso confidently leading

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from the two squabbling Red Bull cars. Felipe Massa, reinvigorated.

1:32:511:32:56

Adrian Sutil behind him, Rosberg did keep his position. Rosberg

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might go down the outside of Felipe Massa and he takes possession.

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Fairly close to the living Ferrari, as well. -- leading Ferrari. Past

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Rubens Barrichello. A long way to go this afternoon yet. Fernando

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Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber is third, he has made his

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way past his team-mate and Rosberg is behind him. Sebastian Vettel

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making fresh use of those tyres. He is getting lined up to pass

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Fernando Alonso on this lap. There is Michael Schumacher, up into 9th

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

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his way through and staying out of trouble. He has pitted twice.

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Sebastian Vettel also. So has Jensen Button, actually. If we look

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at the pace of that Red Bull, chasing down the Ferrari. Will he

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be having a go up the inside? They clashed badly with Jensen Button

1:34:111:34:16

last year. There is Button on the outside of petrol. He will try to

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run in on the outside. Button should get a better exit. Very good

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on the brakes. Going down the outside of Vitaly Petrov, he has to

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get out of the way because Sergio Perez is so tight on the brakes. He

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goes left and wide. Gets could drive and he takes two places but

1:34:411:34:45

Button crucially gains two places. What a tremendous race going on

1:34:451:34:50

there and now a Sebastian Vettel is around the outside of Fernando

1:34:501:34:55

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

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Fernando Alonso being very kind, there, I would have thought.

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get diminishing returns with the Kers system at high speed. Full

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defence mode from Fernando Alonso and full attack from Sebastian

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Vettel. Lewis Hamilton Sandler becomes a spectator. I wonder how

1:35:161:35:24

he sees that? What about this? Sebastian Vettel off the top of the

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home, he is so happy with the grip of these tyres, the perfect tyres,

1:35:291:35:35

absolute wheel to wheel action. He left Fernando Alonso a little bit

1:35:351:35:39

have run in case he was thinking of coming back up the inside. Both

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Williams cars in the 11th and Twelfth. Barrichello and Maldonado.

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Paul di Resta and Kobayashi behind them. Kovaleinen in 18th place.

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Timo Glock, 20th. Schumacher is back up into 7th place. Button must

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be eighth place? Schumacher and Button, two former world champions,

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making their way through the field very nicely indeed. On lap 18. We

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have just gone into the 19th lap. And that Looks Like Trouble, to me!

1:36:201:36:28

The camera angle isn't doing this just as, the cars look quick coming

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into the braking son. Barrichello down the inside of Sergio Perez.

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Gets himself on the inside. That is where they had contact with Lewis

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Hamilton. He thinks better of it this time. Through Eau Rouge. They

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will get the activation this time. Sergio Perez thinks he has to brake

1:36:531:36:56

and then count to three before he finds the right breaking-point.

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Look at that, he just steams past Williams, it easily. At the top of

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the hill. And retakes that position. Kobayashi on the back of Paul di

1:37:111:37:17

Resta. That was extraordinary. looks like Williams have got a huge

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amount of rear wing, as it sits in the dirty air of the air box but

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compared to the skinny wing of the Sauber in front, it looks like

1:37:291:37:36

they're trying to drag more downforce out of this car. They are

1:37:361:37:40

sitting ducks on the back straight. Michael Schumacher has polled one

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of the fastest first sectors of the entire Grand Prix. We know it isn't

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a problem for this, it isn't a disastrous strategy. Meaning the

1:37:531:38:02
1:38:031:38:03

safety car, presumably? Or the fact that these are fresher tyres.

1:38:031:38:07

Reminding Fernando to stay calm and stick with it. Take those tyres as

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far as you can. Sebastian Vettel one second faster than Fernando

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Alonso on that lap. He has been told that Sebastian Vettel ahead of

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you isn't a big problem for us. is only one second per lap faster

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at the moment but do not panic! DRS is enabled, disabled when the

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safety car comes out. That means they have to do another to complete

1:38:411:38:47

laps before it is enabled another time and this is Felipe Massa.

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Chasing down Nico Rosberg in 4th place. They are about 1.5 seconds

1:38:521:38:58

behind Fernando Alonso. Sergio Perez, Barrichello, Maldonado, Paul

1:38:581:39:05

di Resta. 10, 11, 12. Kobayashi is in there as well and Bruno Senna is

1:39:051:39:11

holding station in 15. A bit of a roller-coaster ride for his first

1:39:111:39:17

grand prix with the team. Still no were... That was a horrible amount

1:39:171:39:23

of understeer from Felipe Massa. The cars will still be reasonably

1:39:231:39:30

happy with fuel. 80 kilos or slightly less at the stage. We will

1:39:301:39:34

stay on this tyre and then one more option at the end, that is the

1:39:341:39:41

quickest race. They must hate having to say that over the radio

1:39:411:39:45

so that everyone can hear. This is shaping up with Button against

1:39:451:39:51

Schumacher. Schumacher in 7th at the moment. But in his really

1:39:511:39:56

finding some speed. And he is in a good position. If Mike believes in

1:39:561:40:00

any space? Michael is laid on the brakes, he can still get into the

1:40:001:40:08

corner. So, Michael, having none of that whatsoever. Very good traction

1:40:081:40:15

coming out of this last chicane. On the Run down to the source. I think

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he will deploy his Kers system On the Run down to Eau Rouge and look

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to get that duress activation. -- DRS. He will have to sell him a

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dummy because Michael pretty much knows how to defend the line.

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Better than anyone else he has left the inside open. Incredible top

1:40:421:40:46

speed from that Mercedes car. they don't have an performance in

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the corners, they have for the race. Huge top speed. That is an

1:40:521:40:58

impressive performance from Rosberg. Great comeback from 21st, Surrey,

1:40:581:41:03

24th, for Schumacher. No further action will be taken, interests and

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the, on the incident between Hamilton and Kobayashi. At the top

1:41:071:41:13

of the hill. That will not be investigated after the race. --

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interesting way. I am surprised by that. -- interestingly. Nothing to

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do with Nigel Mansell being up there, he can only advise. They

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will have to open up the rule book and advise. We have also got under

1:41:401:41:48

investigation, Sergio Perez and Sebastien Buemi. The scenario with

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Ferrari is they believe they can make at least one less stop and

1:41:531:41:55

Sebastian Vettel and that is reflected in the fact that Fernando

1:41:551:41:58

Alonso seems to be doing pretty well on these tyres, which are

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getting fairly old by now and his lap times are pretty good. 52.9,

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comparable to Sebastian Vettel and the other advantage is that when

1:42:091:42:14

Sebastian Vettel runs out, Fernando Alonso will have an extra set of

1:42:141:42:19

soft tyres. Sebastian Vettel will have to go on to the median tyre

1:42:191:42:27

earlier. That would explain that radio message. And Button was super

1:42:271:42:37
1:42:371:42:40

late on the brakes. Nico Rosberg still fighting off Felipe Massa.

1:42:401:42:44

Sergio Perez has a drive-through for causing a collision. I don't

1:42:441:42:50

think we saw that on the screen. We saw the damage and we saw Sebastien

1:42:501:42:54

Buemi without his rear wing but we did not see the contact. He is

1:42:541:42:59

currently running 10. Just outside the points position. And he has a

1:42:591:43:04

drive-through penalty. You cannot stop for any work or tyres. Just

1:43:041:43:11

keep going through their at 100 kilometres, around 60 mph. You have

1:43:111:43:18

to serve that within three laps. is like passing goal in Monopoly

1:43:181:43:28
1:43:281:43:31

and not picking up �200. It is a pointless pit stop. We are just

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through the have distance. And Sebastian Vettel leads by 3.9

1:43:361:43:41

seconds over Fernando Alonso. He is two seconds ahead of Mark Webber,

1:43:411:43:46

3.7 clear of Rosberg and could this be...? But under standing outside

1:43:461:43:50

this time but Adrian Sutil having none of that, he braked as late as

1:43:501:43:55

he needed to. Just to fend off the McLaren. But it is only a matter of

1:43:551:44:01

time, surely. The kind of confidence bottom has got. He is

1:44:011:44:07

marching through the pack. The car looks fantastic and the brakes. Not

1:44:071:44:12

quite so good on the attraction. His commitment on the braking was

1:44:121:44:21

brave stuff. We heard about the incident between Hamilton and

1:44:211:44:31
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Kobayashi not been investigated and to be honest. I remember sitting on

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the wall and hit the wall hard. The team were in a good position. As

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far as I was concerned, I was ahead of whoever it was I was racing and

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I got hit and that was my race over. There has been a lot of races we

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haven't finished and that is just another one. How kid you -- did you

1:45:011:45:08

this you were faering? I think we were struggling. For whatever

1:45:081:45:13

reason we were massively slow on the straight. I guess that is what

1:45:131:45:18

got us in that position. Everyone was just pulling away from me on

1:45:181:45:23

the straights. I was probably having too much down force. We were

1:45:231:45:28

in a good position still and still able to challenge. We got past one

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of the Ferraris. Maybe now we got a podium. I'm hearing that the

1:45:341:45:38

stewards are not taking any further action, do you think that is the

1:45:381:45:48
1:45:481:45:49

rigt decision? -- Right decision? dejected Lewis Hamilton. We saw

1:45:491:45:56

Jenson Button sailing past Sutil as well. He is quickly catching Felipe

1:45:561:46:02

Massa, who has dropped from Nico Rosberg. We saw on board a very

1:46:021:46:06

dark patch on the inside of Sebastian Vettel's front tyres as

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the rubber starts to erupts. It overheats and blisters and bursts

1:46:111:46:16

open. Then they're worried about the integrity of the carcass of the

1:46:161:46:20

tyre. He was radioing in saying, I'm seeing those marks you told

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know look out for. This is Jenson Button on the back of Felipe Massa.

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Jenson Button in sixth place at the moment. Button could be looking

1:46:301:46:34

good for fourth place. Mark Webber's only five and a half

1:46:341:46:41

seconds ahead of Rosberg in fourth. Massa is getting wide there. Jenson

1:46:411:46:46

Button getting himself in position. Could he deploy KERS in the run

1:46:461:46:51

down to Blanchmont? Too far back. But you wouldn't bet against him

1:46:511:46:56

having a look down into the chicane. It was quite slow down there. It

1:46:561:47:01

needed an extra down shift on the way in, such is the lack of grip.

1:47:011:47:08

They in the 1 minute 52 and 53s, but Jenson Button is looking strong,

1:47:081:47:13

there is no markings on his front tyres No markings on the inside.

1:47:131:47:18

You can see the darker grey patches. When you slow down into a slow

1:47:181:47:25

corner you can look at them and get a better picture. Or even your own

1:47:251:47:30

rear tyres through mirrors. Look how close Jenson Button is to Massa,

1:47:301:47:37

he tries down the outside. Massa, will he let him turn in? Oh he has

1:47:371:47:41

got through. Another brave and sensational move from Jenson Button

1:47:411:47:48

to take over fifth place from Felipe Massa. Felipe Massa, good

1:47:481:47:51

sportsmanship there. Jenson Button put total trust in Felipe Massa

1:47:511:47:56

there. He wasn't going to tag him around into a spin. That is the

1:47:561:48:01

respect between the drivers. Jenson Button did well on the brakes, got

1:48:011:48:06

himself on the outsaid, trusted Massa. And if I was wearing a hat,

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I would take it off the both of them. That was great racing.

1:48:111:48:16

must not discount Mark Webber. 7.4 seconds off the lead. But he has

1:48:161:48:24

the harder compound tyre out of the way. He could be fast attend.

1:48:241:48:29

others haven't. It is such a long track. There is a certain amount of

1:48:291:48:36

evolution of the track. We will keep an eye on that. We're on lap

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256789 Ted. TED KRAVITZ: did David want to say something else. In a

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minute. I will try to say something. To say is what going on in tyres,

1:48:471:48:53

you saw the team radio message, Fernando Alonso is said we're

1:48:531:48:59

reaching phase two the the tyres. He has now down 17 lapse on the

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tyres. Ferrari will think about a stop. I wonder if they can only two

1:49:081:49:11

two stops. We're thinking Three stops for Fernando Alonso and four

1:49:111:49:14

for Sebastian Vettel. The radio message from Sebastian Vettel is my

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front left is starting to blister again. You can see it clearly there

1:49:181:49:23

in that replay. It doesn't, sometimes we see them looking

1:49:231:49:27

uglier than that. Look at this. Jenson Button taking a lot of

1:49:271:49:33

chances. Please don't take one too many, because you're on for a great

1:49:331:49:39

result. Nico Rosberg is in fourth and only just by 0.1 of a second as

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they cross the line. Nico Rosberg takes up his position to drive into

1:49:441:49:54

La Source hair Ben. Rosberg must have made a police take, he did

1:49:541:50:04
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1.55.and button did 53.2. -- mistake. Jenson Button has got the

1:50:041:50:09

rear wing open and job done. Nico Rosberg's tyres are fading I think.

1:50:091:50:14

Look at the distance he pulled out. That is the sort of distance that

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Lewis thought he had gone over Kobayashi. Or as he said, whoever I

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was racing. He also thought he hadn't finished a lot of races.

1:50:281:50:37

This is actually only his second non-finish. Now let's look at one

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of the easier passes that Jenson Button has made today. He thinks

1:50:411:50:45

about going up the inside. Rosberg covers it and he said, I don't care.

1:50:451:50:53

That is one we will look at after. You see how Hu pulled out of the

1:50:531:50:59

slip stream at Eau Rouge, dropped speed and then made sure he didn't

1:50:591:51:06

catch him too early. RADIO: How far are we in front. Cars in front are

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eight seconds ahead. They're suffering from blistering. Music to

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his ears. Are you following with what I was saying. You have a blank

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expression. I am with you. But more blisters, but Fernando Alonso said

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they're OK. There's blisters, but can I cope wit. But that was a

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rally call from Button. How far Ahed are they. His next Mark Webber

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would be -- victim would be Mark Webber. They're on about the same

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speed as Sebastian Vettel. But they're all suffering from

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blistered tyres. So Jenson Button could bring himself nicely into the

1:51:541:52:00

action. Ted? TED KRAVITZ: Jenson Button has got the slower harder

1:52:001:52:04

tyre phase out of the way. He started on those tyres. And changed

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when he had to pit for his broken nose. I'm not betting man, but do

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Wau want to put on a fiver for charity that Jenson Button might

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win this race? Well, I will... Give you a fiver to charity and take

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your bet. I think he has got a lot of work to do to win. But he has

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got to... He has got to beat this man. Mark Webber has also got his

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hard tyre out of way. It could be Mark Webber versus Jenson Button.

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Mark Webber hear -- has been holding on nicely. We have Rosberg

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falling back into the grass. Massa there, fifth and sixth they're

1:52:521:52:59

fighting over. Michael Schumacher is struggling. Sebastian Vettel

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from Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Adrian

1:53:031:53:11

Sutil. Force India going well. Michael Schumacher is eighth. Mald

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is up into tenth. Williams only have four points this year. Paul di

1:53:171:53:24

Resta is 12th. And out of points, Kobayashi, 13th. There is the man

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on the move, Jenson Button. About a third of a second faster than the

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men he is trying to catch. That is not a lot. It is not enough at this

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point. He is still 7.8 seconds behind Mark Webber in third and 16

1:53:381:53:42

seconds off the leader. On board with Michael Schumacher. Adrian

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Sutil I in front. They're lapping like for like. 1.54.7. That is 1.8

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seconds off the leader. There is a yellow out there. In sector 12.

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Something's going on. I will have a look in a moment. We will gate slot

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of why we have got yellow -- get a shot of why we have yellow flags.

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As Felipe Massa then falls down, cascades down the hill, towards the

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Pouhon corner. We have got car 17 has left the road. That is why we

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have got yellow flags. That is Sergio Perez, continuing his

1:54:381:54:48
1:54:481:54:48

difficult afternoon. Michael Schumacher then is ahead of Petrov.

1:54:481:54:56

Who is ninth. Senna with his drive- through penalty and his pit stops.

1:54:561:54:59

Down to 16th now. Ahead of Jerome D'Ambrosio, Glock, Vitantonio

1:54:591:55:05

Liuzzi is just leaving the pits in 19th. Sergio Perez at the tail of

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the faeld now. Here is a replay. -- tail of the field. That looks like

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a broken suspension. Broken right rear. We saw him coming into the

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pits. I think the car will be retiring. Indeed. On update on the

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battle between Mark Webber and Jenson Button. 53.6 from Mark

1:55:311:55:38

Webber. The gap is down to just 6.8 seconds. Peter Sauber looking down

1:55:381:55:44

the pit lane, because Sergio Perez becomes the fifth retirement of

1:55:441:55:50

this Grand Prix. And well we saw Sebastian Vettel leap off pole

1:55:501:55:55

position. Mark Webber had a poor start. Went into anti-stall and

1:55:551:56:02

went nowhere. Both Ferraris flying off the grid. Raid ray you the

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quickest car on the circuit, this is brilliant. He has got a broken

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rear wing as well. I don't know if that is, is that the trailing edge

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of the rear wing? It won't be load- bearing I don't think. But it looks

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like a movable device. It took a knock didn't it? With the Senna,

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Jaime Alguersuari incident in the first corner. Down in the first

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corner, multiple contacts, both Lotuss getting together. Senna

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taking out Jaime Alguersuari wholike took out Fernando Alonso.

1:56:451:56:52

Then finding amazing speed, Nico Rosberg took the lead. But

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relatively short-lived as Sebastian Vettel came back him. Since then it

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has been the story of needing to come into the pits to change tyres.

1:57:011:57:04

This is Fernando Alonso's second stop of the afternoon. Chose a

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different strategy to some. And it is the medium compound, the harder

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of the two compounds they have got to run. And he will be hoping that

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he will get to the end of Grand Prix. He can do it on tyre wear. He

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will be slower than a new set of options of course. But let's see

1:57:251:57:30

how his basis as he rejoins the track. Nicely in front of Nico

1:57:301:57:34

Rosberg. Puts him into nice clear air. So Fernando Alonso back on the

1:57:341:57:38

track and up to speed. Ahead of Nico Rosberg. Felipe Massa and

1:57:381:57:44

Adrian Sutil. Here is Ted. KRAVITZ: at Red Bull they say

1:57:441:57:48

although Sebastian Vettel has the blister problems, his basis OK and

1:57:481:57:55

he has been told to go on. Is Sebastian Vettel going back to a

1:57:551:57:58

three stop and Ferrari realising they have to put Fernando Alonsoen

1:57:581:58:04

a two stop and go to the end of the race. We will see if that works and

1:58:041:58:10

what his basis with these tyres. But Jenson Button's flying. He is a

1:58:101:58:16

second a lap quicker than the leader what that time as the track

1:58:161:58:26
1:58:261:58:27

resolving rg, they are aiming at moving goalposts. Button only 15

1:58:271:58:32

seconds off the lead and still motoring nicely indeed. Sebastian

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Vettel leads. From Mark Webber, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button,

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Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa. And Sebastian Vettel then comes in the

1:58:401:58:48

pits, and will go on to the medium compound tyre. This time and his

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boys are ready for him. A nice straight approach. You don't have

1:58:541:58:58

to duck around anyone's air guns. And launch out of there straight

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into the pit limiter, which you only switch off as you cross the

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white line at the end. His car will be feeling better and better. That

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was a reasonable pit stop, 2.8 seconds. Button just going through

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in front of Sebastian. A new set of tyres, getting into the light fuel

1:59:211:59:30

zone. The tyres and the track evolving. Rosberg, Massa and Petrov

1:59:301:59:40
1:59:401:59:56

all pitting. We see Paul di Resta Barrichello defending against Nico

1:59:562:00:05

Rosberg he has come out of the pits. Nico Rosberg takes that position

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back. And Rubens Barrichello in the middle of that action. He obviously

2:00:152:00:21

had a moment because he was over a blind -- over the line as he came

2:00:212:00:31
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over the hill, we will have to see if there was a reason for that.

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are great friends now heading down together. And Felipe Massa need to

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get past urgently. He is six seconds in front of us, if you need

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comedian soft, he is very ambitious -- you need and medium, a soft.

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Webber pits and Jenson Button moves into the lead of the Grand Prix.

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thought he would have put the option on -- I thought. Fernando

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Alonso setting the fastest lap of the race on the harder tyres. So

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maybe there is not such a big of set. This is Sebastian Vettel

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taking the lead back from Jenson Button having taken the pit stop

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and that will concern Jenson a lot that he does not have the pace up

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against drivers on much fresher tyres. And that is an alarm call

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for McLaren that if they are struggling that much compared to

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those on new tyres... For you will see a replay of this. -- and we

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will see. Timed to perfection across the DRS the zone -- the

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Diarra sown. And we get on board with Felipe Massa And this is him

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passing Nico Rosberg. And that is why it is so critical not to lose

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one-tenth of a second on any lap because if you pick and come out,

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that is what she could be faced with. -- picked. Michael Schumacher

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were shaping up and right behind him is the Renault -- was shaping

2:02:302:02:36

up. Sebastian Vettel leads again, what will McLaren it do? They will

2:02:362:02:43

have to pit him. And you have Fernando Alonso doing the fastest

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lap on the harder tyre. If they can push those to the end, we have 26

2:02:512:02:57

degrees track temperature. They are putting soft tyres on him. Because

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of the different strategy, he had those, because he did not get

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through to qualifying three, he has new soft tyres. But will that bring

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him into contention? He is behind Sebastian Vettel. He will be at

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least 20 seconds behind Sebastien but he is in there for a podium

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place. It is a question of how much time he can find on these and will

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they stay with it? Will they give him 11 laps out of life pushing

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like crazy? And we watch Felipe Massa picked for the final time and

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he is going the same way as most of them. -- pit. Webber is flying out

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now. We are seeing sector time after sector time better and better.

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It is the third stop for tyres for Felipe Massa as he heads down. Did

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he not just picked before that? was a couple of laps before that.

2:04:082:04:13

And he is trying to defend here. We are getting the news Felipe Massa

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had a puncture so he has had to come back in again. And that is

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down in 12th. And that is putting him 40 seconds down the road.

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pitted on 30 and 32 with that puncture and that has taken him out

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of the action. Be will be interesting to know if that is to

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do with the blistering -- it will be. It was a new set of tyres and

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it seemed he picked up a punk show. Felipe Massa pitted on lap 30. --

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picked up a pub showers. Mark Webber is harder than a map -- then

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Sebastian Vettel on the tyres and they are fragile and sensitive so

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it guarantees Webber will go to the end. It is ambitious for Sebastian

2:05:052:05:13

Vettel to do the next few laps on one set of tyres but it is possible

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because he went so long on that middle section.

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Now we will watch a lap times because the top four have shuffled

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out with pit stops now and we will see how they are doing and how

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their cars are working on this track on these tyres. Webber is the

2:05:372:05:45

man with the speed. And quite cautious for Vettel, he might want

2:05:452:05:54

to conserve those a bit. 11 laps to go including this. That is Fernando

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Alonso in second, Webber inferred, still catching him behind Fernando

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Alonso. If you get Alonso, you are a second

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wicket in the middle sector. -- quicker. Red Bull is mighty in

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that middle part, etc. It is very much two different types of track.

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-- in that middle part of the track. Mercedes are in fifth and sixth

2:06:332:06:43
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place now. This is Michael Schumacher, but he still has enough

2:06:432:06:53
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speed to clear Force India. And having a good day on the grid today.

2:06:572:07:03

And Vettel's lead is seven seconds now and he is going faster, but not

2:07:032:07:10

as fast as Webber in third, 2.5 seconds behind them, much quicker

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than a one so. Jenson Button is 6.6 clear in fourth place. 16 seconds

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covers the top four and they have left the Mercedes behind now. It is

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a four horse race for the three steps of the podium. And that is

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Felipe Massa making his way back after that pit stop now.

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Unfortunately, that seems to happen a lot for Felipe Massa, and that

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has taken him out of contention. Red Bull, Ferrari, and Red Bull,

2:07:512:07:57

McLaren, Mercedes, Mercedes, the top six. Michael Schumacher is

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going very well, isn't he? A good race, over 20 years since his debut.

2:08:052:08:10

Looking back at Mark Webber catching Fernando Alonso, six

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seconds quicker on the last lap and I do not see how Fernando will

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maintain his position. Fernando Alonso is locking up in this lap.

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If he goes to pit, he will lose his position and if he does not, he

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will lose his position as I see it. Fernando Alonso could finish in

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fourth place here. I talked to Jenson about standing on that

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podium and he has got a chance, no doubt about it. Webber and Jenson

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Button catching Fernando Alonso very quickly. 14.7 seconds covers

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the top four, so really under pressure at the front. Probably

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saving pace until later, he needs to win a Grand Prix, Sebastian

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Vettel. Last time he won was back at the European Grand Prix, he did

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not win at Silverstone and in Valencia, did not win the Hungarian

2:09:202:09:27

Grand Prix. Vettel wanting to get that winning streak back in action.

2:09:272:09:31

Look how close Webber is now. Ferrari seems to have lost its pace

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on this harder tyre, they work much better with the soft option tyre.

2:09:392:09:45

Less energy required in the corner but they are not making this tyre

2:09:452:09:50

work. What does that tell us? That is why they struggled to qualify

2:09:502:09:55

because they cannot heat up their tyres, they are kinder to the

2:09:552:09:59

softer compounds so they look strong early on, and are not

2:09:592:10:04

generating heat they need. These tyres are wearing four times less

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than the yellow marks of tyres we saw before. There is a big

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

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

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after the Grand Prix and ask them that. Fastest lap, Martin? -- will

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he passed this lap, Martin? He has a chance. He has already passed him

2:10:422:10:47

earlier in the Grand Prix. And you are right, opens the gear wing, I

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do not think Fernando Alonso will fight that too hard -- will be a

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wing. He has not had the gripped estate with a Red Bull. A new

2:10:582:11:04

second place man in Mark Webber, one and two 4 Red Bull. Sebastian

2:11:042:11:14
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Vettel leads over this man, Webber. Webber much, much quicker. And

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Fernando Alonso dips back into the slipstream. The Red Bull boys fully

2:11:262:11:30

appreciating that and it is a question of, will we see, as we did

2:11:302:11:34

at Silverstone, Mark Webber are starting to catch Sebastian Vettel

2:11:342:11:40

again and closing him down in the final stages -- Mark Webber are

2:11:402:11:46

starting. A lot of black dust coming off that Renault, he is

2:11:462:11:52

munching through his brakes. They may have taken a gamble on smaller

2:11:522:12:00

break ducks expecting cooler conditions -- brake. And they throw

2:12:002:12:05

out carbon dust. They evaporate in front of your eyes and the brake

2:12:052:12:10

pad goes through the desk and you go through whatever piece of

2:12:102:12:16

scenery you I mean that at the time -- the disc. The benefit of running

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a smaller duct is you have less breakage of air so aerodynamically

2:12:232:12:30

it is more efficient. We just need a good clean race. That was from

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Nico Rosberg. Michael Schumacher is coming to get your! That is the

2:12:362:12:46

message. Was that jaws? I do not know, I am getting excited! These

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two are told, enjoy it and go for it but do not run into each other.

2:12:542:13:01

Ted has news. Red Bull, you might see that gap close but you will not

2:13:012:13:05

see overtaking because Red Bull want to protect this lead and this

2:13:052:13:11

position, they have not had a want, two for a while. And Fernando

2:13:112:13:15

Alonso, he had no choice. If you wanted to go for the soft tyre

2:13:152:13:20

again, he would have had to make another stop according to the

2:13:202:13:24

regulations. So he has not made that stop and is low on the hard

2:13:252:13:31

tyres, so not a lot of choice. Round four in Turkey was the last

2:13:312:13:38

one, two for Red Bull. So some time ago. Webber is catching Sebastian

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Vettel on the second lap as he did in Silverstone, although Fernando

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Alonso won at that race. Where has he pulled that at best sector out

2:13:512:13:57

of? He has found some performance, could be the rubber dumbing-down on

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the racetrack. And we can see Felipe Massa here. And that is

2:14:062:14:13

Pastor Maldonado. The cars are so low, but downforce pushes them hard

2:14:132:14:19

into their suspension and Roberts - - and robbers and different devices

2:14:192:14:24

they use, so they get very stiff at the end of the straight and start

2:14:242:14:29

bouncing around. This is what I wanted to see, both on similar

2:14:292:14:35

tyres and a couple of laps between them. Is he on the auction? Both on

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the same tyres so we have a real race here, it two be called cars

2:14:432:14:53
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and two different generations of Michael is on the faster of these

2:15:002:15:09

tyres. Nico Rosberg was Supreme at defending earlier against faster

2:15:092:15:14

cars. As Michael is that this time. Last year these two are connected

2:15:142:15:17

twice at this grand prix. We know that Michael is very strong round

2:15:172:15:25

their Indeed. He has just done the fastest first sector. He has

2:15:252:15:35
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rediscovered his no-show. -- his form. G one... Does that mean

2:15:442:15:51

giving up? More fuel. Everybody has fresh engines. Button is 3.8

2:15:512:15:56

seconds behind Alonso and five seconds to go, catching him

2:15:562:16:02

relentlessly. This is the story of the Grand Prix. Can but income from

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13th on the grid and get himself onto the podium. Fernando Alonso

2:16:062:16:11

has third place at the moment and Rosberg and Schumacher are still

2:16:112:16:17

fighting over a 5th and 6th place. Michael Schumacher, at the six

2:16:172:16:26

times winner of this grand prix, 92, 95, 96, 97, 2001 and 2002. He knows

2:16:272:16:33

this very well. We know how good he is here, I certainly did when he

2:16:332:16:42

was my team-mate. And there is Button. He has driven a very fine

2:16:422:16:51

race. He will be satisfied with his work. He was maybe in the hunt for

2:16:512:16:55

a slightly better position. Damaged front wing but the podium is

2:16:552:17:00

definitely on the cars. He is one- tenth quicker than Alonso in that

2:17:002:17:05

first sector. He can see him in his sights. I am sure that Fernando

2:17:052:17:09

Alonso would not be able to do much defending against Jenson Button,

2:17:092:17:15

his passing has been fantastic. Those yellow markings on his tyres,

2:17:152:17:20

Fernando Alonso on the harder compound. The sector times... He

2:17:202:17:25

has gained seven tenths on hen just on the downhill section alone. He

2:17:262:17:31

will be just a little over one second behind as they start the

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41st lap. Vettel's lead is 6.4. We have Jarno Trulli and Kovaleinen,

2:17:412:17:46

Lotus run and 15 and 16 and d'Ambrosio, the 23rd Belgian Grand

2:17:462:17:52

Prix Formula One driver. I am sure you did not know that. And he is

2:17:522:17:56

apparently ahead of Timo Glock. He had a drive-through penalty for

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2:18:062:18:07

causing an accident. Bruno Senna it up to 14th place now. We need you

2:18:072:18:12

to see have some fuel with higher Ikea's and earlier left... -- saved

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some fuel. Is that a code to let him go? It could be, there is no

2:18:212:18:27

real reason why there should be any difference in terms of the fuel.

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Perhaps he has been running in a slightly higher mode at the start

2:18:312:18:37

of the race. He certainly has a faster pace. On top of Raidillon,

2:18:372:18:43

Nico Rosberg would have to lift heavily through their. Michael is

2:18:442:18:53
2:18:542:18:55

right up behind him again. And he thinks better of a desperate lunge.

2:18:552:19:00

Nicol was running a much faster pace with the safety car. For

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Michael to make up that deficit, he is maybe unleashing some extra

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engine note. Barrichello, Kobayashi. That is the second contact with

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Kobayashi this afternoon. Barrichello goes straight back in

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for a new wing. That was over 12 days. I wonder why Rubens

2:19:222:19:25

Barrichello thought, if I have damaged my front wing, I might as

2:19:252:19:32

well take the new one whilst I am very near the entry to the pits.

2:19:322:19:36

Despite the early stop by Sebastian Vettel, it looked like he was in

2:19:362:19:46

the most trouble they're currently first and second. On lap 13 my son

2:19:462:19:51

Lewis Hamilton and many Kobayashi touching at the top of the hill.

2:19:512:19:55

And that but Hamilton out of the race and the safety car followed,

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which allowed Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel to pit without

2:19:592:20:06

much cost. Rosberg still defends hard against Schumacher. This is

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bottom right on top of Alonso. Fernando Alonso again let's in

2:20:102:20:16

easily around the outside so Button is onto the podium. Jensen Button,

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third, Fernando Alonso 4th and he has the pace to confident we pull

2:20:212:20:27

away. Dejected, I am sure, Fernando Alonso, there. Look how far back he

2:20:272:20:35

came from. But an, with so much more speed, just helps himself to a

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little bit of slipstream and that isn't aggressive, that is

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submissive from Fernando Alonso as Schumacher also gets a run on his

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team-mate around the outside, the DRS will be available and

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Schumacher are surely takes 5th place? He does indeed. Schumacher

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is down ahead. Key race changes, this is Sebastian Vettel, the

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leader, on lap 42. From Webber and Now Button. When we looked at the

2:21:082:21:18
2:21:182:21:19

podium, we stood on the grid. He has come from 13th place. Somehow,

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Red Bull have managed their tyre problems as we watched what and

2:21:242:21:30

steaming through the pack with some brutal overtaking. Inside, outside,

2:21:302:21:40
2:21:402:21:42

any were teachers. -- anyway he chose. This will push Webber

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towards Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull cannot relax now that Button

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has made that move. Vettel in the traffic, behind Jarno Trulli. He is

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coming up to lap 10. Will he be able to put the two Red Bull cars

2:21:582:22:08
2:22:082:22:08

under pressure and stop their glory? Jensen Button has some

2:22:082:22:18
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traffic ahead of him. That also his progress down. Interesting. Webber

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has the five-second advantage, 1.5 laps, just over six miles left. So,

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it would surely see Button flecking into the picture in the background.

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Webber's engineer went on to the radio after that overtake to tell

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Mark Webber to keep the pace up and that Button was a threat. I'm

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thinking about Silverstone, he was told to hold station and the team

2:22:502:22:56

bus explained by saying he would never do that again. Pastor

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Maldonado, 10th Test, seen by many as a bit of a hooligan yesterday

2:23:002:23:06

afternoon after qualifying but he has driven very well today, 21st on

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2:23:162:23:16

the grid and 10th place now. Fernando Alonso out braking himself.

2:23:162:23:24

Into the final lap. Fernando Alonso and then the lap runners,

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Kovaleinen, 15th, and Barrichello, 16. There is a race going on there.

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Barrichello with this fresher tyres. We are watching Bruno Senna and

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maybe Kobayashi struggling towards the end of the Grand Prix. The

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temperature up to 26 degrees. We have not seen any rain, Schumacher

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maintains position ahead of Nico Rosberg as he enters a last lap.

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Everybody up until Bruno Senna in 13th has been lapped. That is quite

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unusual plus the safety car shunted them back together again after lap

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13. Michael Schumacher, P5, very good driving from last on the grid.

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He kept his tyres intact. Driver of the day? It looks like blistering

2:24:212:24:29

on the rear tyre of his option tyres. In terms of the gains of the

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day, you have to give Michael Schumacher that, his 200 grand prix.

2:24:342:24:40

Jensen Button, also has not made it quite so many places but he has

2:24:402:24:43

been the master and passing. A mixture of Jensen Button and

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Michael Schumacher. Good stuff. And great driving from Sebastian Vettel.

2:24:502:24:54

The World Championship leader, the reigning world champion. Taking

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victory here at the Belgian Grand Prix. Whatever they threw at him,

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he could handle it. The tyres, safety car has, Mark Webber comes

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home in a very strong second and what a brilliant try from Jensen

2:25:082:25:14

Button, on the podium, from 13th on the grid, all sorts of drama, he

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steered clear. Some brilliant overtaking. Fernando Alonso would

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not give up and brought the car home in 4th place. It will be

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Michael Schumacher or who is top dog at Mercedes Benz today. He

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beats the young charger, Nico Rosberg. It is when number 17 for

2:25:332:25:38

Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull had uncovered yet again. He would love

2:25:382:25:42

to have seen Lewis Hamilton. To see what he could have done this

2:25:422:25:46

afternoon without doubt contact at the top of the hill. And Schumacher

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is 5th, then Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, yet more points for forced India.

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Vitaly Petrov. Felipe Massa in 9th place and Maldonado. 10th place for

2:26:012:26:07

Williams. Providing they get over the line. Felipe Massa has passed

2:26:072:26:16

him, he doesn't to get to us. Were his Vitaly Petrov? -- he now gets

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2:26:262:26:26

9th place. Maldonado, Paul di Resta, just outside the points. Kobayashi

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in Twelfth place. And Bruno Senna, 13. Red Bulls celebrate another

2:26:372:26:47
2:26:472:26:47

victory. It is an emotional victory, there was a lot of pressure on them

2:26:472:26:53

before this. What was the right thing to do regarding the tyres?

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Obviously they could not change them with the geometry of the car.

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Vitaly Petrov parks outside the pit lane. He has either run out of fuel

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or brakes. Sebastian Vettel. Leads the World Championship, the 259

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2:27:222:27:35

points to Mark Webber with 167. Amazingly, it remained with five

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2:27:452:27:59

Alguersuari, getting tagged in the first corner by Sergio Perez. After

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that stunning qualifying for Toro Rosso. No reward, sadly. How were

2:28:062:28:13

they feel about that? He will be frustrated. He will believe he was

2:28:132:28:18

able to put that back into second place. The second happiest man on

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the podium. Sebastian Vettel. Some frustration before the grand prix.

2:28:232:28:33
2:28:332:28:36

He picked it up on the grid. That was interesting. I am relieved to

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see you boys! I hope Adrian Sutil knew he was the most stressed about

2:28:452:28:50

the inability to put those tyres on a the start of the race. He put a

2:28:502:28:54

lot of emotion into this. We did not see any tyres blowing up, they

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do? But that I was looking for many. You hear lots about it but we did

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been particularly successful for Sebastian Vettel, third place is

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his best result here. He ran into Jenson Button badly here last gear

2:29:482:29:58
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 142 seconds

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and he is enjoying that top step. - next week, David --! -- that will

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be. And David Hines sadly lost his battle against cancer this morning.

2:32:122:32:20

That will be in his honour. that is a beautiful trophy,

2:32:202:32:25

beautiful race track, impressive drive. Everybody on the podium can

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be satisfied with that. And he is the most relieved man, he was

2:32:302:32:40
2:32:402:32:50

missed angry this morning and now is Mr successful! -- Mr Angry! And

2:32:502:32:53

Mark Webber having to defer to Sebastian Vettel but I think he

2:32:532:32:57

will be relieved to be second in the race after that start, although

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he will not be thrilled. After the mistake yesterday between Jenson

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and his team, where he backed off, he certainly made up for it today!

2:33:092:33:16

And Jessica, his girlfriend, celebrates with him. And the

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champagne is flowing. Red Bull are first and second again. Jenson

2:33:212:33:24

Button came through the field to give them the best challenge that

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he could. But on the day, they had too much pace as the Ferraris faded

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away and we did not get to find out just what Lewis Hamilton could have

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done it at the front of the field. We have had a thoroughly

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fascinating Belgian Grand Prix and I enjoyed it very much, I hope you

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did. We look forward to talking to you in the after a show.

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You got your money's worth during the podium celebrations, VAT was a

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long national anthem. It was incredible from start to finish,

2:34:042:34:09

Eddie, once again, Spa does not disappoint, does it?

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I tried to figure out who was driver of the day and there were

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seven or eight who fit into that category and it would be well

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deserved by each of them. It was fabulous, a shame we did not see

2:34:222:34:25

Lewis get in among everybody because he would have made it much

2:34:252:34:32

more interesting. A fabulous place and they enjoyed or have it. -- I

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enjoyed. That man with his hands in the air, Sebastian Vettel, it will

2:34:372:34:42

be refreshed after not having a race for a month. But she could

2:34:422:34:47

argue Jenson Button is the in form driver in Formula One -- you could

2:34:472:34:52

argue. The way Jenson was able to move the

2:34:522:34:57

car around, his passing moves for a staggering. I thought he could not

2:34:572:35:01

get away with it and each time he would squeeze out something. So

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full marks to him and probably just Another bad start at for Webber and

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if he had sorted that out, he could have one of the race. A you could

2:35:232:35:27

have said Sebastian Vettel had an average race but he won it and the

2:35:272:35:32

best way to win it is in the slowest possible way. Mark Webber,

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when he got it together, was again superb. We have already talked

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about it today, but Webber could have been that as easy five Jenson.

2:35:442:35:48

We were in the McLaren motor home and it was so exciting particularly

2:35:482:35:55

after what had happened to Lewis. So it was be bittersweet situation

2:35:552:36:00

for McLaren. Martin joins us from the team. We have said this a few

2:36:002:36:05

times this season, if one of your drivers does brilliantly, the other

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struggles. We have seen Lewis do well and Jenson struggle, and it

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was the other way or -- the other way around. Frustration for Lewis.

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Jenson was the driver of the day. Bad qualifying and if he was close

2:36:232:36:27

to the front, he would have been a contender. Fantastic, losing the

2:36:272:36:32

front wing, getting back to 19th place, hunting down the driver's.

2:36:322:36:37

It seems to be his speciality this season. He was doing it in the dry

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and people say he cannot do that, but he did it today, so fantastic.

2:36:422:36:45

A bit of disappointment of what might have been but we should

2:36:452:36:50

really enjoyed that drive, it was a great show and fantastic day.

2:36:502:36:57

Perhaps the secret, we could ask, maybe it is better that Jenson

2:36:572:37:00

Button qualifies outside the top 10 then he has better tyres and can

2:37:002:37:06

get on with it. That is one strategy but week would rather he

2:37:062:37:10

was at the front. He has struggled all season in qualifying but

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brilliant during the race. There is plenty of racing left this season

2:37:162:37:23

and you have got to congratulate servicemen -- asked -- Adrian and

2:37:232:37:27

the others, it was a great Championship. It is mathematically

2:37:272:37:31

possible and we have got to carry on, but at least with Jenson we

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could generate the pace. Lewis was a muddy today but we will keep

2:37:362:37:41

pushing as we always will. Initially at the beginning of the

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race we fought, the Ferraris, look at this, they could be a serious

2:37:472:37:50

possibility to win, but you steam rolled past them, what is the

2:37:502:37:56

connection? I wish I knew the answer! At the beginning, we

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struggled to get the tyres and the track was a bit greener. It came

2:38:012:38:09

towards us today and we were very strong. Jenson on the second two

2:38:092:38:15

set of tyres was very quick. I think if we had been up there, we

2:38:162:38:21

could have done a better job. It was tough and Lewis today and tough

2:38:212:38:25

we had to get Jenson from 19th place up onto the podium, but it

2:38:252:38:32

has been a great show. And to do it in the dry it demonstrates he does

2:38:322:38:36

not need it to be wet. It was a brilliant race, I am perplexed by

2:38:362:38:44

the fans are cheering Eddie's name! Not half as perplexed as meet!

2:38:442:38:49

Let's chat about Lewis Hamilton. If we can watch through this and you

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can give us your take on whose responsibility it was and how it

2:38:522:39:02
2:39:022:39:05

across to the racing line and he was hit hard from behind and it was

2:39:052:39:11

a big impact. The stewards have said it is a racing incident, and

2:39:112:39:17

would not see it quite that way. How would you see it? I would see

2:39:172:39:21

it as Kamui Kobayashi needs to be looked at to hit someone so hard in

2:39:212:39:25

that situation, but it does not matter what I think. But at no

2:39:252:39:31

stage is he behind him. He was and he came alongside him. I think you

2:39:312:39:36

need to look at that again because I see it differently to hip -- to

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use. I think Lewis moved to his left. That is what you do it at

2:39:412:39:46

that part of the track. Only if no- one is beside you. No driver is

2:39:462:39:50

there and if you are behind, you have the responsibility to miss the

2:39:502:39:55

car in front. You see it one way and I see it another! Please look

2:39:552:40:04

at it again. He hit the gear wheel quite hard. That means he can see a

2:40:042:40:09

car in front and the onus is on you to avoid hitting the back wheel.

2:40:092:40:14

But he was on the grass, how can it driver go on the grass to damage

2:40:142:40:21

his own possible wife? When you are trying to overtake someone, you

2:40:212:40:25

make a judgment call and if you see they are on a racing line and a

2:40:252:40:30

mushy back out you on the grass, you are back out, that is what

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racing drivers do, Eddie. I do not see it as clear cut as you. I could

2:40:372:40:44

enjoy it all afternoon. You two will agree to disagree. Unlucky on

2:40:442:40:49

Lewis and well done it with Jenson who is in a press conference. Let's

2:40:492:40:53

get away from the Eddie Jordan fans and see what the drivers of

2:40:532:41:01

thinking after a compelling Grand Congratulations on your first

2:41:012:41:06

Belgian Grand Prix victory, a comfortable victory, but how much

2:41:062:41:10

of a concern was that how long you could make the soft tyre last?

2:41:112:41:15

lot of concerns going into the race after the damage on the tyres from

2:41:152:41:19

qualifying so we were not quite sure and we took a lot of risk. We

2:41:192:41:23

had reason to be confident it should be all right but you never

2:41:232:41:27

really know and there is no-one of walking up and down giving you a

2:41:272:41:32

guarantee. So we did not feel too comfortable and both of us stopped

2:41:322:41:38

fairly early right at the beginning of the race. And the main target

2:41:382:41:44

obviously was to see how the tyres feel after a couple of laps and to

2:41:442:41:49

go from there, really. Not thinking too much about the outcome. But

2:41:492:41:52

surprisingly, the pace was very good in the race and I was feeling

2:41:522:41:56

very comfortable and without too much effort in the beginning, I was

2:41:562:42:01

able to keep up with the guys and get back in the lead. And after the

2:42:012:42:08

safety car, it was crucial to get back with Fernando and pass him and

2:42:082:42:12

build a gap, which made it more comfortable towards the end of the

2:42:122:42:17

race. But it was more management than usual. But I have to say the

2:42:172:42:22

car worked brilliantly and I think compared to previous years, we were

2:42:222:42:27

very competitive. So I am very, very happy with the result. And

2:42:272:42:32

very happy with the race. How we managed the tyres in particular, so

2:42:322:42:37

we need to learn from that. And head down to the next race.

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Mark, congratulations, a second place. Great recovery after a slow

2:42:422:42:50

getaway from the start. The start was shocking. Sebastian also had a

2:42:502:42:56

close call so that was very disappointing, a disappointing way

2:42:572:43:04

of starting the Grand Prix. The tyres were pretty badly damaged

2:43:042:43:09

after qualifying so we needed to get rid of those quite early. When

2:43:092:43:15

I was back in the pack, I saw Sergio Perez -- I saw Bruno Senna

2:43:152:43:19

smashing each other up and so it was important to get away from that

2:43:192:43:27

with everything intact. So we made a stop, I had to stay with Fernando

2:43:272:43:34

and had a very long stint, and the tyre was completely finished at the

2:43:342:43:40

end. That gave us track position back. We had a mess up on the radio,

2:43:402:43:47

I was supposed to pit when Sebastian did. I kept asking, do

2:43:472:43:51

you want me to stop? I heard nothing on the radio. I stayed out

2:43:512:43:57

and so did Fernando, so a bit of confusion. But overall, the way the

2:43:572:44:01

team handled problems yesterday and today, a credit to Adrian and

2:44:012:44:11
2:44:112:44:11

everybody on the floor, it was not an easy grand prix for those guys.

2:44:112:44:15

And it was reasonably sensitive for them. We got a good result in the

2:44:152:44:20

end. We would have loved to have won the Grand Prix, but still

2:44:202:44:30
2:44:302:44:30

enjoyed the race and got a good Talk us through your dramatic end,

2:44:302:44:35

Jensen Button? If I said in 13th place, it would have been easier to

2:44:352:44:41

challenge these guys at it was mayhem, turn one was caused by the

2:44:412:44:46

cars in front having a poor start and after turn No. 1, Paul di Resta

2:44:462:44:55

hit my rear wing, we made contact. Half of that was gone. Then driving

2:44:552:45:00

into Eau Rouge, somebody's front wing came off and went through mind.

2:45:002:45:06

And took the winger off, which was scary and then I was struggling

2:45:062:45:10

with the guys, the front wing was damaged and they said keep going.

2:45:102:45:15

We went to that number five and change it. Put on the option tyres

2:45:152:45:19

and did the rest of the race on the option. Lots of good overtaking and

2:45:192:45:25

I enjoyed that to do. But you are always going to say, what could

2:45:252:45:34

have been? But all in all, it's a good finish to be on the podium.

2:45:342:45:40

Last year we did not finish. problems driving into anyone. Mark

2:45:402:45:48

touched on what a difficult race was to make the strategy. Did the

2:45:482:45:56

safety car, out for you at the right time? If yes and No.

2:45:562:46:00

Obviously, we could stop and not lose too much but it was seven

2:46:002:46:05

seconds in the lead so we lost that lead. We lost that gap. I don't

2:46:052:46:12

think it made a big difference in the end. Fortunately, with the new

2:46:122:46:15

regulations, there are very few possibilities that someone gets a

2:46:152:46:21

big advantage at all in all, I agree with Jensen, it is good to

2:46:212:46:27

finish the race and not to crash this year. When I came close to him,

2:46:272:46:34

I was going to pass them on the long straight, so just to make sure.

2:46:342:46:38

But all in all it was very fond. Plenty of overtaking due to the

2:46:392:46:47

strategies we both had. But the car was fantastic and the pace was good.

2:46:472:46:53

That is when you're setting up here. Congratulations to Sebastian Vettel,

2:46:532:46:57

back to the front for the first time since June. Winning the

2:46:572:47:00

Belgian Grand Prix and his team- mate, after that dreadful start,

2:47:002:47:10
2:47:102:47:12

place and finished in 5th, that was a great drive. Vitaly Petrov and

2:47:122:47:18

Pastor Maldonado. Paul di Resta had to make some stops, finishing in 11.

2:47:182:47:22

Just outside the points. We will look at the collision with Bruno

2:47:222:47:30

Senna. He finished in 13. The you're about to see the name of

2:47:302:47:34

Lewis Hamilton on your screen, huge frustration. We will look at that

2:47:342:47:40

incident again. Along with Sebastien Buemi and Alguersuari,

2:47:402:47:44

they did not finish. Real frustration for Toro Rosso, they

2:47:442:47:48

were set for no very good race today. This is what it means for

2:47:482:47:55

the championship. 175 points left this season. The gap from Sebastian

2:47:552:48:00

Vettel is 92. The boy is in command and you can see who has been rising

2:48:002:48:05

and falling. It was Hamilton in 5th place, behind Fernando Alonso and

2:48:052:48:08

Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher leaping up a couple of

2:48:082:48:12

places but as for the constructors... Pretty much it's a

2:48:122:48:18

foregone conclusion. 131 points, McLaren behind Red Bull and they

2:48:182:48:26

would love to defend the driving championship as well, back to back.

2:48:262:48:30

David, it was a different race for the men at the front, Mark and

2:48:302:48:35

Jensen fighting with various issues and Sebastian, just that cool head?

2:48:352:48:39

Not getting involved in any of the silly games on the track? Great

2:48:392:48:44

driving from all three? There was so much uncertainty as to what this

2:48:442:48:47

tyre blistering would mean, running out on the racetrack, we saw

2:48:472:48:52

Sebastian, quite animated before the start, taking the decision with

2:48:522:48:57

Mark to bring him in earlier, and after that, they could manage the

2:48:572:49:01

tyre situation and everyone was struggling with the district. But

2:49:012:49:05

the different fortunes of the teams, swings and roundabouts, early doors

2:49:052:49:09

off when the lap times were being traded and in the end, Sebastian

2:49:092:49:14

Vettel once again reigned supreme. The interesting thing is Sebastian

2:49:142:49:19

Vettel took full advantage of the safety car. He made that tyre

2:49:192:49:23

choice and it be that looks so easy, it was a very cool, calculating

2:49:232:49:26

thing and he put himself in a position that they all had to catch

2:49:262:49:35

him. When you hold that position and its kind of a daunting prospect.

2:49:352:49:42

Cool-headed this. He did brilliant. It was an incredible race for

2:49:422:49:45

Sebastien, it is so difficult to pick the driver of the day. It was

2:49:452:49:49

hard to predict what would happen, you guys were shocked that

2:49:492:49:53

Sebastien was putting on the softer tyres but at the very start,

2:49:532:49:57

there's always something that's happening at the front corner. Ask

2:49:572:50:03

David from 25 years ago, but what an awful start from Mark Webber and

2:50:032:50:07

great from the Nico Rosberg? Yes, Mercedes getting that start nicely.

2:50:072:50:14

And the bigger surprise, the end of the next street, after Eau Rouge,

2:50:142:50:18

Nico Rosberg taking the lead. I'm sure that put a smile on many faces

2:50:182:50:26

back and stood guard. -- in Stuttgart. He was looking in

2:50:262:50:31

command at the stage. What is happening at the moment that

2:50:312:50:36

Mercedes and Ferrari get halfway through and speed seems to

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evaporate? It is just not there. Do you know anything? You can see Mark

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Webber, stalling, by the time he correct and that, he was swamped.

2:50:502:50:59

They're going off the grid at 160 kilos of fuel. In contrast to

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qualifying, four-tenths of a second for every 10 kilos and at this

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stage, for Eric could look strong and as a fuel burns off, you expect

2:51:072:51:12

the performance to improve. Is that drivers being caught out by the

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weight of the cars? Yes. That and also on board, you can hear it all

2:51:192:51:23

kicking in. This is the first time they have gone with full tax on a

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dry track into turnover one. And we can see Bruno Senna, there...

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qualifying yesterday, qualifying in second place, the first time he has

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been full of the season. How easy that -- how easy is it? In the end

2:51:452:51:51

he gets caught out, it is easy to do. It looks like he has not been

2:51:512:51:57

pricking at all! He had his engineer reminding him to try to be

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careful in touch her number one and also down into here. Jensen Button,

2:52:022:52:07

threading his way through. True in the conference, he said that

2:52:072:52:09

someone's front wing came off and he was driving around with the

2:52:092:52:18

broken car. And there it goes. lucky it was just his wing mirror.

2:52:182:52:22

We can look at that in slow-motion. He was lucky that did not go

2:52:232:52:27

straight into the cockpit. That when -- that is what happens when

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people get over-excited. One man who avoided too many problems was

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Paul di Resta. It has been a difficult weekend. Yesterday,

2:52:352:52:38

slipping up because of misinformation from the team and

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then topping that off, one place away from picking up points, which

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would have cheered you up. How do you assess the weekend? Quite

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frustrated to come here with ambitions and to score a good

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points. The pack is normally very strong here but unfortunately when

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you qualify that far back, you're into the next and then to turn

2:52:592:53:05

number one, Timo Glock was very ambitious, he damaged my rear

2:53:052:53:08

suspension, the sidepod and the front wing. And from there on it

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was just a very long race with lots of understeer. The team said it was

2:53:132:53:17

a decision to change the front nose or just carry on. There was not

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much you could do. Car and you describe how different the car

2:53:212:53:26

feels when you are going off the grid with a full tank verses the

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colt braking effect? There are only about 500 degrees when you hit the

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brake. How much of a margin do you leave? You have to leave a

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reasonable margin, but the thing is nobody has driven with high fuel,

2:53:422:53:47

no dry runs, so on Friday you would normally have an IDF but it does

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depend on the Kers system, how much that pulls you back but as you say,

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it's all about the brake to picture. What you mean about the Kers

2:53:582:54:05

charge? It is charging. If teams choose to have it charging under

2:54:052:54:10

the brake into the first corner... We normally run with the charge at

2:54:102:54:15

that point. It's just another thing to put into the equation and the

2:54:152:54:20

talk lapping is set, the locking, so you have to predetermine what

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you want. As of when you leave the start-finish line. Let's find out

2:54:282:54:32

how hard it is, Bruno Senna can join us. You got to know a few of

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the other cars! We were discussing how difficult it is to go in with

2:54:382:54:42

full fuel on the car, you have not driven that in race mode like that

2:54:422:54:49

this season. Is that what courtyard? I did not do the first

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corner with high fuel ever. Unfortunately, I misjudged the

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braking area. That was that. No way to avoid that. I am very sorry

2:55:012:55:11

about that. Fortunately, I could continue racing. But I think now

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that I have it under the belt, I have better reason to look forward

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to. Do you think that because you qualifying was so good, it puts you

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either under more pressure or in a position where you normally would

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not have been and if you qualify further back you might have had a

2:55:272:55:34

better chance into the first corner? I think he was just this

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judgment and a lack of doing this for 11 races. It was hard to do it.

2:55:402:55:44

I should have been more careful. But this is racing and I wanted to

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race. I am here to race. And get position. Can you feel for how

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difficult it must be for Bruno Senna to step into the car mid-

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season and be at the pace? It's like coming into a football match

2:55:592:56:03

at half-time and expecting to be in tune? It's not easy? No, and this

2:56:032:56:09

weekend has not been easy, you can say that it would have been

2:56:092:56:13

different had we more support Chris's, passing each other, and

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has been a very difficult weekend to judge. But the conditions are

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what they are and it's the same for everybody. If it's good fun to

2:56:202:56:24

watch. I would like to ask Paul, there was a moment when you are

2:56:242:56:29

running very strong and you delayed the tyre change and the pit stop.

2:56:292:56:33

Why did you do that? Towards the end of the third stint? If before

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that. You set out to long, in my opinion? The most unfortunate thing

2:56:392:56:43

was we had confirmed to come into the pits just as Lewis Hamilton

2:56:432:56:46

crashed at the top of the hill. Unfortunately, it goes to the

2:56:462:56:50

leading car, they get the decision to take when they want to stop and

2:56:502:56:54

we had to stay out for another lap and the last three places. That is

2:56:552:56:57

clearly what I was talking about because I thought you were looking

2:56:582:57:05

like a top-ten finish. Back racing again. It's what you want to do?

2:57:052:57:09

Absolutely, the pace was pretty good. I had a great experience with

2:57:092:57:14

those tyres. I now know what to do with the team. And I am looking

2:57:142:57:20

forward to driving in Monza. Hopefully with easier conditions.

2:57:202:57:23

Congratulates his Ford getting to drive and better luck next time but

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if you keep qualifying like that, you'll be fine. Yes, you just need

2:57:272:57:31

some luck and you'll be back into the points. Thank you for joining

2:57:312:57:36

us. I guess what will happen is eventually one of the guys will

2:57:362:57:41

manage to give the microphone to Pastor Maldonado. In fact, he is

2:57:412:57:45

just behind me and he had a very dramatic weekend,, together with

2:57:452:57:48

Lewis Hamilton yesterday and he then had a very solid race of the

2:57:482:57:54

back of that today. Well done. It was a mindset going into this. Did

2:57:542:58:00

you feel aggrieved having to start in 21st place? For sure. It was

2:58:002:58:05

more difficult. To start from the back. Especially after starting

2:58:052:58:13

after that first corner, it was so difficult with my front wheels. I

2:58:132:58:17

had a very consistent race. Very intelligent. The Williams guys did

2:58:172:58:22

a very good job and I am happy. I felt the car was very consistent

2:58:222:58:27

during the race, I am very happy for that. I think we are improving,

2:58:272:58:33

we're getting strong. I am happy, even for my country. I am sure

2:58:332:58:39

they're very happy. Let's go back to tomorrow. Talk us through the

2:58:392:58:44

incident with Lewis Hamilton. Did you perhaps both get over-excited

2:58:442:58:50

and did you perhaps deserve some telling off? Maybe we both made

2:58:502:58:55

mistakes yesterday. And that was disappointing because only I got

2:58:552:59:03

the penalty. But him. Anyway, that is racing, we need to look forward.

2:59:032:59:08

That has passed and the only bad thing is he did the same today. I

2:59:082:59:13

think he needs to be more focused on his race and not to do that.

2:59:132:59:17

think is incident today was similar to the incident with you that put

2:59:172:59:27
2:59:272:59:29

him out of the race? Yes. Martin and he discounted it. We

2:59:292:59:35

will have a private chat later. I'm not sure I disagree with you.

2:59:352:59:41

you, you for stepping aside, you make a better door than a window.

2:59:412:59:44

Well done, I was critical of you yesterday. Because it looked that

2:59:442:59:47

you were trying to make some statement to Lewis Hamilton and he

2:59:472:59:52

was trying to make some statement to you. My advice would be you do

2:59:522:59:57

that face to face and not using your car. Do you think there is any

2:59:573:00:03

ce dense in that. It didn't look like you were just driving back?

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think for sure we both slowed down after turn one, but then we lose

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the concentration and you know? We were fighting. It was a bad thing.

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But that is racing. That is racing. That is Formula One. We need to

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look forward and that is past. Happy for the point today. So I

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think Lewis is a talented driver. A very good friend. So we need to be

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more focused and respect more each self. Well done. You deserved the

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point today. Good to see the Williams picking up points, we have

3:00:433:00:48

a lot of Williams fans back in the UK, you know that. For sure. Happy

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for thafrplt He did well to put Eigg from yesterday -- he did well

3:00:543:00:58

to put everything from yesterday. And Michael Schumacher, let's lack

3:00:583:01:08
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at his starts. He has aced starts all season. DAVID COULTHARD: Yes

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nice and steady. Another great start. He was up to 15th by the end

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of the first lap. You can see avoiding the debris in the run down

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to Eau Rouge. Michael Schumacher last night was more mellow. I think

3:01:313:01:35

he is becoming really at ease with himself. He is enjoying his racing.

3:01:353:01:40

Something we haven't, well not saying we haven't seen foirt 20

3:01:403:01:44

years, but we see a different kind of Michael Schumacher. He did a

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first class race. Probably one of his best this season. Well done

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Michael Schumacher. Started at the back. Finished up fifth. He knows

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what it takes to win here. He has won here on six occasions. Did this

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feel as good as that? Let's find out. He is with with Lee.

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should be smiling that was a great drive. Yes at least something

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worked out this weekend. It was an exciting race, a lot of bits and

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pieces flying at the first corner. So lucky I wasn't in the middle of

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that and I was able to avoid it and we had a great strategy, the boys

3:02:223:02:27

did a great job and so, well you know, happy about the result.

3:02:273:02:33

hunting down your team mate at the end. It was a great battle? Yes I

3:02:333:02:38

was on the softer tyres compared to him. That gave me the edge and the

3:02:383:02:41

possibility to overtake. In equal condition, that wouldn't have been

3:02:413:02:49

possible. But we took the risk to take the hard tyres. Drivers aren't

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always the most sentimental, but how are you feeling on this

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anniversary on the Spa circuit that you love? I feel happy. It is a

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special day and a special weekend. Didn't start too well yesterday

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with the qualifying and luckively finished great. I had a great

3:03:093:03:14

feeling this morning. My wife being here and supporting me and she sort

3:03:143:03:17

of mentioned to me already that that is going to be a good race.

3:03:173:03:25

Well, it turned out to be. Thank you. Well done, nice to see Michael

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Schumacher smiling. We see plenty of famous faces around here. We

3:03:323:03:36

have one here. The Chelsea manager. You must be well used to world

3:03:363:03:42

class sport come here, having had Norwich yesterday? I mean it was a

3:03:423:03:47

difficult game for us. Fortunately we managed to turn it around in the

3:03:473:03:51

last couple of minutes. It is seven points out of nine, it could be

3:03:513:03:56

nine, but we had a draw against Stoke that was a bit out of running

3:03:563:04:01

for this first three games sm but looking forward to the season.

3:04:013:04:09

could talk about Norwich. I will interrupt him. He has got a big

3:04:093:04:15

smug face when it came to 1-1, he kept prodding me. The fact is 3-1,

3:04:153:04:19

just cruised by. Well done. Let's not talk about that. But today,

3:04:193:04:25

you're into your motor racing? I love, I'm a big fan. I have been

3:04:253:04:32

to a couple of circuits, I like Monaco a lot and enjoy Eddie's

3:04:323:04:37

hospitality. So it is good to come back. We don't have enough free

3:04:373:04:40

time. We had this international break and we got across for the

3:04:403:04:45

Grand Prix. If I may, because we did speak in Monaco. Now tell me

3:04:453:04:51

the truth. You had signed at that stage? What is that? Had you signed

3:04:523:04:59

in when you were in Monaco, were you telling me pibs? Probably not.

3:04:593:05:07

-- fibs. It is incredible to get the access to the drivers, it like

3:05:073:05:11

someone walking into your dressing room. Yes you feel the emotions

3:05:113:05:16

they go through in the drivers' area. Daifrtd is the example of

3:05:163:05:25

that and the -- faived and the fuss and xiementt -- David is the

3:05:253:05:28

example of that and the fuss and excitement. All of the drivers

3:05:283:05:33

focus in getting the result. Could that happen in football, we could

3:05:333:05:38

have that access before they go on the pitch. I don't know. There have

3:05:383:05:43

been trials in Italy to let the TV crew into the dressing room at the

3:05:433:05:48

start of the game. Just to get a feel of the players. But I mean it

3:05:483:05:52

is... I mean it is like going into a motor home and watching you

3:05:523:05:56

prepare. It is not convenient. Because it is a moment of focus and

3:05:563:06:01

everyone wants to enjoy it. It is time to get ready for racing or

3:06:013:06:09

playing. Thank you for joining us. I am sure it ages Eddie when he

3:06:093:06:18

sees how young managers are. But we will get revenge at car row reed --

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Carrow Road. There was a great overtake by Fernando Alonso on Nico

3:06:223:06:24

Rosberg. Difficult qualifying yesterday by Fernando Alonso and

3:06:243:06:31

Ferrari will be pleased with both their cars today, if it was not for

3:06:313:06:37

double pit stop. David Coulthard they are focusing on next year's

3:06:373:06:41

development. The fact that he was able to come through and take the

3:06:413:06:47

lead and that at that stage. This had you turning from the screen?

3:06:483:06:52

stepped from the TV. I thought they were coming through the screen. But

3:06:523:06:58

that was incredibly brave stuff from both of them. Really

3:06:583:07:04

professional driving at 180mph. two are the biggest pros. You see

3:07:043:07:10

Mark Webber on the edge of circuit. Fernando Alonso just giving him

3:07:103:07:15

enough room. Here is Fernando Alonso. So close to getting on to

3:07:153:07:23

the podium. Yes it was not possible I think in Spa when someone comes

3:07:233:07:30

one second quicker than you. With the DRS, the overtaking is straight

3:07:303:07:35

forward. I knew that before or later maybe the possibility of the

3:07:353:07:39

podium was not a real one. Unfortunately it happened three

3:07:393:07:45

laps from the end. It is a disappointing feeling. But it was a

3:07:453:07:50

fun raiss race. The start was quite good and the first couple of laps

3:07:503:07:55

with a lot of battles and at one point leading and we decided not

3:07:553:08:01

the stop with the safe si -- safety car. We want the podium next time

3:08:013:08:04

stkphr. What about you and Mark Webber side by side. A lot of

3:08:043:08:11

people were hiding behind cushions at that point. Well it was, yeah, a

3:08:113:08:18

good battle. But with Mark it is always quite good to battle. There

3:08:183:08:24

is a lot of respect for everyone and... Fair game and no problems.

3:08:243:08:31

It was good. But Eau Rouge is always a special to battle at.

3:08:313:08:36

you feel you're still in the hunt for Red Bull? Every race is more

3:08:363:08:41

difficult. So one race less, 25 points less available. And more

3:08:413:08:48

distance. Because they keep winning. So until it is possible you need to

3:08:483:08:53

keep fighting. But at the moment they are doing a fantastic job,

3:08:533:09:02

doing I think 12 consecutive pole poss -- positions. So when a team

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or a car can do that, you just need to say well done. JAKE HUMPHREY:

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Another friend has dropped in. Nicky Lauder we have had a lot of

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chat about the Kobayashi/Lewis Hamilton affair. Maybe we would

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have your opinion please? First I think Lewis Hamilton is one of the

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best drivers in Formula One, if he could not take stupid mistakes.

3:09:313:09:35

Today he would have stay on straight after he passed him, he

3:09:353:09:39

would have finished third. Why he moved over, there was no reason.

3:09:393:09:44

This I do not understand. He is so good. Why does he not just stay

3:09:443:09:48

straight? Look at it. At what point does Lewis Hamilton make a mistake?

3:09:483:09:53

He is ahead. So he just stays straight. Why does he move over to

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the left. The other guy was on the edge and he would have been into

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the corner any way. Watch it now. He is ahead. Well ahead. He should

3:10:053:10:09

stay where he should be and turn in. There was no reason to go left. Do

3:10:093:10:16

you agree? You were a driver. Coulthard -- DAVID COULTHARD: He

3:10:173:10:21

has just not checked his mirror and realised that Kobayashi was there.

3:10:213:10:28

Do you think Kobayashi should have wack -- backed out. He is not going

3:10:283:10:32

pass him on the outside. Would he expect him to come to left. You

3:10:323:10:36

just turn to the rate. There was no issue. The stewards decided it was

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a normal accident. There was no one to blame. There was nobody to blame.

3:10:403:10:45

But he made no points. surprised the steward didn't want

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to look further. He was a British guy, he could have helped. Lou you

3:10:503:10:55

expect Kobayashi to go off his line on to the grass. Kobayashi could

3:10:553:11:02

have braibgd earlier, but why -- braked earlier, but why should he?

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This will be debated for a long time. Equally, it is the first time

3:11:073:11:11

I have seen you without branding on your hat. Are you not popular any

3:11:113:11:18

more? No I'm popular, I took off the red hat for Vettel and for

3:11:183:11:22

Michael Schumacher. Don't forget the Germans. I thought you were

3:11:223:11:30

Austrian. Are 0 become German? Bull is an Austrian car. Lou do you

3:11:303:11:36

see the title battle now. Is it all over? It is all over. The question

3:11:363:11:41

is when. I think it could happen in Singapore. It can easy happen in

3:11:413:11:45

Japan. But in Korea for sure. You guys can think what you do after

3:11:453:11:50

when the races are getting boring. You can entertain yourself. We will

3:11:503:11:57

have something to fill the time. Thank you. Let's hear from a German

3:11:573:12:00

driver, Nico Rosberg. He and Michael Schumacher were going toe

3:12:003:12:04

to go. That great message came in, you are free to race and race they

3:12:043:12:10

did. Nico Rosberg not quite managing to stay in fronts.

3:12:103:12:14

strong drive and a lightning start from yourself. Yes it was cool. I

3:12:143:12:21

had a good start. So thanks to my East Anglia engineer -- to my

3:12:223:12:28

England here and -- thanks to my engineer. And with nobody in front

3:12:283:12:32

of me it was a great feeling. to the end I can't imagine that the

3:12:323:12:38

thing you want to hear when you're pushing hard is that to save fuel

3:12:383:12:42

when you have Michael Schumacher breathing down your neck? Yes I had

3:12:423:12:47

seen in the middle I had the push to stay ahead of the group as I was

3:12:473:12:53

struggling with the tyres. You have to save fuel. It is a pity that

3:12:533:12:58

Michael got me. But he was on the soft tyre and I was on the hard

3:12:583:13:02

tyre. Are you leaving happy, is the progression going well? I don't

3:13:023:13:07

know. We have to analyse. Today was a good result for the team. A step

3:13:073:13:12

in the right direction. But still some work to do. But this year will

3:13:123:13:17

be difficult. It is more than we need to see when the point comes to

3:13:173:13:23

concentrate on next year. They have been talking about concentrating on

3:13:233:13:29

next year for a few races. How much thould should they think about 2012.

3:13:293:13:37

It was a good result and good that Michael perform well in the 0th

3:13:373:13:43

celebration, rather than the 2 hundred race. -- 20thslbraigs. It

3:13:433:13:53
3:13:533:13:54

was a genuine lead. But they are still lacking in pace. Nico Rosberg

3:13:543:13:59

as he often gets reminded, he has never won since coming into Formula

3:13:593:14:05

One. First we must ask is the car capable of winning a race. I think

3:14:053:14:10

Ross Brawn says it is not and Michael Schumacher says No so Nico

3:14:103:14:14

Rosberg has done a great job under pressure. The leader in the team is

3:14:143:14:17

Michael Schumacher. This team is for Michael Schumacher. I'm not

3:14:173:14:22

saying that Nico Rosberg isn't getting a good quality of sfts, but

3:14:223:14:27

Nico Rosberg is doing a very strong job. Talking of doing a strong job,

3:14:273:14:33

how great has Jenson Button been? Coming into this Grier, he had

3:14:333:14:43
3:14:433:14:50

managed 39 overtakes and we can outside of the Renault. He is a

3:14:503:14:58

racer. In certain circumstances, he is really well suited. This is with

3:14:583:15:02

Adrian Sutil. Adrian Sutil locking up and that would make me think,

3:15:023:15:08

should I let the Koren white? Not Jenson. Here, he is with Felipe

3:15:083:15:18
3:15:183:15:18

Massa. Wheel to wheel, great driving from both those guys.

3:15:183:15:22

now he is getting past Nico Rosberg and the first thing he said on the

3:15:223:15:27

radio, how far are the guys in front? The message, you can catch

3:15:273:15:31

them. They wanted him to continue with this great form.

3:15:323:15:37

particularly enjoyed this pass. He was catching up Nico Rosberg to

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early I think. So he built the Kop -- pulled the car out of the

3:15:413:15:48

slipstream, but extra drag on it, pulled it back in. Over the top of

3:15:483:15:55

the hill, he pulls out, slows the car down a bit, pulls back into the

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slipstream, employees ers, that is a racer with full knowledge of the

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tools at his disposal. DRS he is driving better than ever, some of

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those moods will go down in the history books -- he is. That was a

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really cool past. And that was clean racing. No banging wheels we

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saw with Pastor Maldonado and Lewis yesterday. And that was another

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great pass outside Fernando Alonso. That is greater round that corner,

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you get it wrong and you lose a lot more than a place. Jenson was clear

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when he joined McLaren that he was probably not as fast as Lewis

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Hamilton but he thought he was a better racer. Arguably, he is as

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close as Lewis Hamilton now -- she is as close to Lewis Hamilton now

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as he was when he joined McLaren. - - he is. He has won a World

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Championship and ticked that barks and knows when it comes to that

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final part of qualifying, Lewis has that bit of pace. -- kicked that

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box. In racing turns, he has been fantastic. For Red Bull built their

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car in 2009, improved it the next two years, but McLaren's that --

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McLaren scrapped the 2009 car, do they have a good enough carnauba to

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work towards 2012? It is not consistent enough, it very quick in

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certain times but it falls a way, and that is the concern. -- very

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quick. Lee McKenzie is with Jenson Button.

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Congratulations, a strong and to your race, but what a lively start!

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A messy start to the race. You hope when you are that far back you have

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a nice easy first lap but it was not the case. I got hit by Adrian

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Sutil in turn won and lost half my gear wing a plate. Coming out of

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turn one, there was mayhem and something went through my front

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wing and took my front wing Gogh. I said I had to get in the front wing

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and they said, you have to wait to make the strategy work. I waited

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until lap five, then I pitted and flat out from after that. There was

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a chunking issue on the front left tyre, so very tricky and hard to

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push, but a very lively race, a lot of fun. We all go out for a win but

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third is reasonable from where we started. A misunderstanding

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yesterday that has cost a lot of points. At which point today did

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you think, it yes, a podium is definitely on today? -- yes. After

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I started overtaking people, I thought, the pace is pretty good

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considering the damage. And we do not have to put Primes on, we have

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got options. So it was exciting. We were passing a Renault and his

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Sauber in to turn one, I got past both of them. And then you have the

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problem with the DRS, both were trying to get past me on the

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straight. A good race and has little mistakes that we have got to

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stop happening. And then we can win more races, because we are quick

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enough. The car is the best it has been all year, I am very confident

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and feel the best I have done it in Formula One. We can get very good

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races from here. He is certainly competitive at the

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moment and you can relive his race on the rest of the Belgian Grand

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Prix earlier than usual and on a different channel, BBC Two tonight.

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And MotoGP action after that at 6:30pm. And the Monza Grand Prix is

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back in a couple of weeks. We return to Italy and are looking

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forward to that, but we are not done from Belgium.

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Law of F1? Yes. -- do you love F1? Then you know what to do. You need

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the F1 forum. F1 a?! -- F1?! one forum for more analysis and

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behind the scenes action, press the red Button -- the F1 forums.

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Amazing, have a look. We will see you then! Marcus marshal you old --

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mark, surely you are with us? I am just disappointed every time

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there is not a swimming-pool and if you were not watching us in Monaco,

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you would not know what I mean. We have got radical, it has got hot

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over here. And we enjoyed that, didn't we? A lot of action and

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different strategies and tyres. Going back to the question about

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the weather, have you ever seen sunshine and Spa? All the different

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weather conditions today. Back to the race, I fought six or seven

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Presenter Jake Humphrey is joined by David Coulthard, Eddie Jordan and Martin Brundle as Formula One returns after a four-week summer break. Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel enjoys an 85-point lead in the drivers' standings but his dominance has been curtailed by a run of three races without victory. Former world champions Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have all won in that time, and the trio can take heart from the fact that McLaren or Ferrari have taken the chequered flag at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in every race since 1999.


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