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Belgium 2011 - Qualifying // The fight for the first pole position of the second half of the season

Published by Christine Blachford

The flags are waving around the Spa-Francorchamps
The flags are waving around the Spa-FrancorchampsCredit: Team Lotus

All three Free Practice sessions were affected by some inclement weather conditions, and all saw mixed up results because of it. Michael Schumacher even topped the timesheets during FP1, on his 20th anniversary of becoming an F1 driver.

Qualifying today should be a fascinating watch, although it could quite easily tip over into the other side - of drivers watching and waiting and not risking going out too soon. We'll have to see how the weather holds up, who is brave enough to make a dash for it, and who'll be fastest up Eau Rouge.

The action begins at 1pm GMT+1 with the Factbyte Factbox opening half an hour beforehand for some fabulous build up.

Statistics

rain

Spa Francorchamps, Saturday

13℃

  • Low 11℃
  • Humidity 76%

Heavy rain showers

2010 Session Results
PosDriverTeamTimeLaps
1M WebberRed Bull1:45.77821
2L HamiltonMcLaren1:45.86318
3R KubicaRenault1:46.10019
4S VettelRed Bull1:46.12723
5J ButtonMcLaren1:46.20618

One to Watch

I'm afraid to say it, but it has to be Bruno Senna. The Brazilian has stolen all of the spotlight this weekend, and all eyes will be on him as he tries out his first qualifying of the year - in difficult conditions, no doubt.

The man himself said yesterday, after practice:

I'm making up for all these sessions that I've missed in the past by getting more miles on the clock. One thing's for sure, I’m excited about getting back in the car tomorrow.

- Bruno Senna




  • Hey, hey, hey

    Eggs and toast before qualy. Perfect start

  • @VoxVocis: Team say that there will be no more rain before qualifying - but there will be a good chance of it falling during qualifying. #F1 #BelgianGP

  • @VoxVocis: Team say that there will be no more rain before qualifying - but there will be a good chance of it falling during qualifying. #F1 #BelgianGP

    Big names out of position? Great

  • All ready for this, got my bacon sarnie so bring on quali :)

  • @VoxVocis: Team say that there will be no more rain before qualifying - but there will be a good chance of it falling during qualifying. #F1 #BelgianGP

    Should be fun! I missed FP3 but saw a few comments/tweets and it seemed just as bad as yesterday. Remember last year when they treated qualifying like a race, they were so short of time?

    All ready for this, got my bacon sarnie so bring on quali :)

    I left my bacon in the fridge at work.. Maybe I'll go and get it after Quals.

  • I have decided to watch this instead of rugby #fickle

  • New BBC team member to add to the twitter F1 media list: Anna Woolhouse @Woolyanna

  • New BBC team member to add to the twitter F1 media list: Anna Woolhouse @Woolyanna

    who is this (too lazy to google)? morning all. hope you're doing well :)

  • who is this (too lazy to google)? morning all. hope you're doing well :)

    Hi Scott, I think she's part of the web team. Seems to be replacing Sarah Holt who is staying in Manchester this weekend. Pinky announced her as legit

  • It's Tom Cruise tim!

  • err, time!

  • ah they had to play the Top Gun music :)

  • Hi Scott, I think she's part of the web team. Seems to be replacing Sarah Holt who is staying in Manchester this weekend. Pinky announced her as legit

    Thanks. I can't always keep up with the british media....too busy preparing for a hurricane ;)

  • Is it me or is the camera facing the trio slightly misty?

  • @Bassano, thanks - I thought I needed to clean the TV.

  • CHIPS

  • CHIPS

    Mayo with some chips on the side :)

  • I sincerely hope Burb is utilising his economic abilities this weekend

  • CHIPS

    No, Frites.

  • I sincerely hope Burb is utilising his economic abilities this weekend

    I really hope he's coping without our business. I also hope he has a new van.

  • I really hope he's coping without our business. I also hope he has a new van.

    I hope he doesn't have a new van so everyone else can get the authentic Burb experience :D

  • I hope he doesn't have a new van so everyone else can get the authentic Burb experience :D

    "....why is there mud on the ceiling"

  • Nick really was fired after that :)

  • I forgot about Ambrosia's epic pitlane slide.

  • "....why is there mud on the ceiling"

    The laws of physics don't exist when Beurb's behind the wheel of that beast

  • I don't think EliGP's predicition of Heidfeld for champion is going to pay off

  • Aww, a main heawing in thwee weeks. #sorrynick

  • how is that marshal anyway? I never heard at the time how his leg is/was?

  • Yaaaaay Bruno

  • Bruno: "This has nothing to do with a commercial pont of view"

    ...I just bought eric a new suitcase that happened to be filled with money. Its a complete coincidence

  • I think he was inspired by our hug at Goodwood

  • Hello again fbfb!

  • I think he was inspired by our hug at Goodwood

    I think that was the clincher.

    Good morning.

  • I think that was the clincher.

    That mad chase after you pointing him out was worth it clearly! :)

    Hiya Kai

  • Hey Kai

  • That mad chase after you pointing him out was worth it clearly! :)

    Spidey sense went off. Just look for packs of the same color shirts.

    #Goodwoodtips

  • Epic failure! Ouch

  • Epic failure! Ouch

    haha

  • VJ looks more like a darts player than a team owner :)

  • Vijay amuses me so much

  • He has spent far too much time neatly trimming that beard

  • Tracksuit bottoms with a belt!

  • He looks different, is that really him?

    I just want to hear him say "THE KING OF GOOD TIMES"

  • Weird angle makes it look like Vijay is in front of a green screen.

  • He looks just like a lecturer I used to have at uni, its really wierd

    Wonder if he knows about C++

  • "i don't think money can buy performance" - mallya

    what's he gonna do then, grow some pace?

  • what's he gonna do then, grow some pace?

    Sitting at the top of midfield might be more cost effective than pushing for the front?

    Publicity to cash equation could be interesting

  • B's for everyone it seems.

  • B's for everyone it seems.

    Except Merc

  • Except Merc

    At least they didn't get Epic Failure!

  • Oh shut up, Horner.

  • "The BBC are here, fire up the engines and let's rev"

  • what's he gonna do then, grow some pace?

    Brew it probably

  • All the team bosses are all having major bromances

  • "The BBC are here, fire up the engines and let's rev"

    I thought the same thing. :)

  • Blabbermarsh is looking a bit leathery

  • The mist makes this look like the dream sequence quali show.

  • So Stefano was "busy" again? ;)

  • Wow, EJ really has been tango'd

  • "Hello racing driver" :)

  • The mist makes this look like the dream sequence quali show.

    Camera glaucoma :)

  • we were there!

  • Sutil wanted to be a stuntman, actor or racing driver. Maybe he got confused in China, then, with the glass in hand?

  • _no _way! rain at spa?

  • we were there!

    How was the weather?

  • Time to fit in a cup of tea with a Jaffa Cake Mini Roll before the action begins

  • jaffa cakes...

  • How was the weather?

    Have you read about Noah, he learnt everything at Spa

  • Can they do qualifying on a wet track, or will the session by suspended for a couple of hours?

  • How was the weather?

    Feww showers here and there

    You know, the biblical showers

  • You know, the biblical showers

    I recall you saying 'it rained with rain on top'

  • Feww showers here and there

    :-)

  • give us a smile, lads! it's spa!

  • I recall you saying 'it rained with rain on top'

    horizontal rain? Rain that comes up from the ground?

  • Predicitions?

    Rubens for pole #definitely

    (I'll go for Lewis really)

  • "19 adventures per lap"

    Er, ok Martin :)

  • Predicitions?

    Webber then Lewis

  • Predicitions?

    Given that Webber loves this track and has been doing well in FP, I hope he'll do well.

  • thats a cool camera shot

  • Looks like FOM are putting together a package for the local tourist board

  • Di Resta on pole. there, i said it.

  • Random thought - Was it Kubica who the crazy polish fans were shouting at last year after the race?

  • Looks like FOM are putting together a package for the local tourist board

    #NeedsMoreBeer

  • Random thought - Was it Kubica who the crazy polish fans were shouting at last year after the race?

    si

  • Random thought - Was it Kubica who the crazy polish fans were shouting at last year after the race?

    On the track invasion?

  • Did I just see new flaps/vents on the leading edge of the ferarri sidepod?

  • si

    well, shouting for rather than shouting at

  • On the track invasion?

    yeah, when there was that huge crowd just shouting at the paddock chanting stuff. The thought randomly came to my mind there

  • well, shouting for rather than shouting at

    thats what i mean, im not trying to make them sound like hooligans :)

  • thats what i mean, im not trying to make them sound like hooligans :)

    hehehe :D

  • Oh dear, more Pirelli advert comments and tweets to come tomorrow :(

  • Well schumi out

  • Happy 20 years!

  • BWAAAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Did not expect MS to crash here

  • It was only going to go badly for Darth. Anniversaries are always terrible [except for JB]

  • I am sure that that is a lost rear right tire.

  • He flew up off the ground and everything for a moment, wow.. soemthing broke on the car?

  • I am sure that that is a lost rear right tire.

    He only need 3 here're right?

  • 'boys I dont know what happened there but something...unexpected'

  • Did the wheel come off in it's own?

  • I am sure that that is a lost rear right tire.

    Ouch

  • 'who's the old dude waving at us? Is he a driver?'

  • That quote in the FBFB makes it sound like Michael's on Dragon's Den

  • Did the wheel come off in it's own?

    yes, it seem he lost the wheel and then spun

    hi all!

  • Hi Guille

  • hi all!

    hey guille :)

  • oooook

  • Yellow again?

  • Yellow again?

    gone again

  • Vettel went off at the last corner

  • the replay they're showing here clearly shows the tyre coming off as schumi starts the spin

  • it doesn't look so bad out there...time for slicks ;D

  • "3 -4 laps before rain"

  • Bruno is doing alright

  • hehe HAMILTON-SENNA-ALONSO on top three (just not the right senna... ;-) )

  • hehe HAMILTON-SENNA-ALONSO on top three (just not the right senna... ;-) )

    heh

  • Lots of differing weather opinions

  • McLaren: "it will stay like that"

    Ferrari: "it will rain in 5"

  • Mercedes ; "Eh"

  • ohhh some fancy water bottle holders on that pit wall there. I bet they're chilled and everything

  • williams behind lotus at the moment

  • apparently shumi said on radio something along the lines of "I don't know what happened and I don't even want to know" (and not in a nice mood..)

  • HRT and Virgin outside 107% at the moment.

  • apparently shumi said on radio something along the lines of "I don't know what happened and I don't even want to know" (and not in a nice mood..)

    I wonder how many people out there are as well dressed as you were :D

  • williams behind lotus at the moment

    Trulli 11th!

  • Lotus are doing well in the wet, P11 and P14

  • HRT and Virgin outside 107% at the moment.

    OUCH!

  • HRT and Virgin outside 107% at the moment.

    OUCH!

    Shumacher too :P

  • the replay they're showing here clearly shows the tyre coming off as schumi starts the spin

    *facepalm*

    At least it wasn't his fault.

  • I wonder how many people out there are as well dressed as you were :D

    he he

    this is not rain yet, as lukeh will certainly agree... ;-)

  • Are they putting in hot laps in case Quali is abandoned?

  • this is not rain yet, as lukeh will certainly agree... ;-)

    this was rain!

  • ...going offline to keep those tires cooled

  • nice lap from JB.

  • this is not rain yet, as lukeh will certainly agree... ;-)

    this was rain!

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  • Content not found

    boooo. Also, I linked it wrong :D

  • this was rain!

    definitely

    good memories :)

  • this is not rain yet, as lukeh will certainly agree... ;-)

    this be nothing, i tell ye!

  • Ferrari really sure it will rain.

  • ferarri trying to secure the 'wtf are they doing?' award for the weekend keeping massa in the pits

  • good memories :)

    I was just reminiscing via photos, I had completely forgotten the best sign ever. Oh how time flies :D

  • Mr C, didyou see the suggested addition to the media list

    BBC's @Woolyanna

  • Poor spinny Paul

  • pDir not gonna take pole by spinning, brother. step it up

  • I'm not the only one to remember a force india on pole right?

  • Mr C, didyou see the suggested addition to the media list

    BBC's @Woolyanna

    ahh, cool. 5liveF1 said they were in their car but typed the wrong twitter name. i couldn't find them :)

  • will jerome be allowed to start his home gp?

  • YAAAAY HEIKKI! #sorrypaul

  • Heikki!!

  • di Resta out :(

  • wooooooooooow! :D

  • Poor Di Resta but good stuff for Heikki :)

    He got into q2 last year too, woohoo!

  • Why did Heikki complete the lap and the Virgins and HRTs not? It got Kovi into Q2!

  • *sigh

    This is why I dont do fantasy racing

  • 2 sec faster than trulli...

  • Heikki for pole

  • Why did Heikki complete the lap and the Virgins and HRTs not? It got Kovi into Q2!

    Only Heikki had a hope of making 17th

  • Heikki for pole

    senna for pole...

    very very good showing from bruno up to now

  • Only Heikki had a hope of making 17th

    Or improving, I guess

  • will jerome be allowed to start his home gp?

    When it rains they often let everyone in

  • When it rains they often let everyone in

    That was my thought too

  • Maybe michael spun just to give himself an epic race tomorroq

  • very very good showing from bruno up to now

    agreed!

  • When it rains they often let everyone in

    However if I was Ricciardo I'd be worried, that's a hell of a time gap

  • Overalls by Dynasty :)

  • Or improving, I guess

    mm maybe they lost too much time, they seemed to back off before Blanchimont

  • However if I was Ricciardo I'd be worried, that's a hell of a time gap

    he's being so well against liuzzi until now. damn.

  • very very good showing from bruno up to now

    the wet weather really helps - experience with the tyres seems to be the key to speed, and that is diluted by not having to use the slicks

  • mm maybe they lost too much time, they seemed to back off before Blanchimont

    S1 times are over a second more than diResta's

  • does jake not know about 107%, does he not care? is it meaningless now then?

  • does jake not know about 107%, does he not care? is it meaningless now then?

    been pretty meaningless all season really

  • does jake not know about 107%, does he not care? is it meaningless now then?

    is it negated by the weather?

  • Go Team Loftus!

  • ooh jeremy, look at all the people in the back of the lotus garage :D

  • Go Team Loftus!

    :)

  • Hehehe Natalie, Wight wear wheel :D

  • like the new INTER graphic.

  • Go Team Loftus!

    Queens Park Racing indeed

  • ooh jeremy, look at all the people in the back of the lotus garage :D

    soon my pretty, soon :)

  • slippery Anando

  • soon my pretty, soon :)

    i hope you can sleep tonight :D

  • Queens Park Racing indeed

    queens park caterham air asia malasya racing

  • i hope you can sleep tonight :D

    ?

  • oooooh dear force india fail by the sounds of things... they told Di Resta to pit saying he was safe in Q2

  • ?

    hes replacement pamela!

  • i hope you can sleep tonight :D

    I expect Jeremy will be doing secret iPhone filming in the garage?

  • ?

    i'm going to korea with Amy!!!!!!!!!!

  • hes replacement pamela!

    For Korea? Wow

  • hes replacement pamela!

    Ah, i was wondering if something was going on there!

  • I demand Jeremy will be doing secret iPhone filming in the garage?

    Fixed :)

  • i'm going to korea with Amy!!!!!!!!!!

    I think you need to buy Zoe something nice and pretty and big on my behalf (with your money though, heh) to say thankyou because not all girls would say 'sure' if their boyfriend asked to go overseas with another woman :D

  • Fixed :)

    Ha! :-)

  • I expect Jeremy will be doing secret iPhone filming in the garage?

    i learnt some lessons about 'classy' behaviour last time. I will behave :)

  • i learnt some lessons about 'classy' behaviour last time. I will behave :)

    step one. don't ask any interviewers if they've heard of sidepodcast.com

    I will have F1 minute stickers though :D

  • I think you need to buy Zoe something nice and pretty and big on my behalf (with your money though, heh) to say thankyou because not all girls would say 'sure' if their boyfriend asked to go overseas with another woman :D

    ssshhhhhh!

  • i learnt some lessons about 'classy' behaviour last time. I will behave :)

    Nooooooooo!

  • like the new INTER graphic.

    theyve been using it for a couple races already. noticed it back a few weeks ago

  • Sutil being a stuntman

  • bye sutil...

  • Not a good day for Force India...

  • I hate the Legard legacy of Vettel from Button, etc :(

  • corner worker lunging over the barrier

  • step one. don't ask any interviewers if they've heard of sidepodcast.com

    You should ask mike gascoyne...

    a lot!

  • There's a great photo spot at that fence!

  • He didn't get to run out the car :(

  • red flagged session

  • Sutil P5 at the moment.

    He could get into Q3 and qualify 10th.

  • red flag.time for pancakes

  • He didn't get to run out the car :(

    We wuz robbed

  • red flag.time for pancakes

    boo. that's mucked up my schedule. so selfish

  • More rain and Alonso could be out in 11th

  • boo. that's mucked up my schedule. so selfish

    I'm actually digging the time for this one. It's only 6:30a for me so after this I get to go mountainbiking, and I'll be back home in time for lunch

  • waffle waffle waffle http://yfrog.com/mepa4aj

  • There's a great photo spot at that fence!

    a bit farther from there, below the next threes #secretspots :)

  • Bugger, it's started raining here too :(

    I was gonna go into town to buy some coffee

  • The sign above the LRGP garage is wrong

    it says Lotus Renault F1 Team... are they now LRF1T?

  • I was gonna go into town to buy some coffee

    isnt there an app for that?

  • a bit farther from there, below the next threes #secretspots :)

    Sutil stacked it in the spot where I was standing during practice 3 last year

  • isnt there an app for that?

    yep but you still have to pick it up. usually...

  • weeeeeeeee, going for a ride

  • booo my folks went camping and took the espresso machine with them. :/

  • isnt there an app for that?

    *checks*

  • isnt there an app for that?

    Yes. Nespresso

  • weeeeeeeee, going for a ride

    i'm not wishing bad things on the marshal but if he fell off, the health insurance claim would read quite funny.

  • Sutil stacked it in the spot where I was standing during practice 3 last year

    true!

  • Sutil stacked it in the spot where I was standing during practice 3 last year

    we should write "the secret guide to spa photography" ;-)

  • Yes. Nespresso

    No Nestlé for me, freshly ground beans from Monmouth Coffee, Covent Garden. Will have to wait now, thunder & lightning has arrived with the deluge

  • we should write "the secret guide to spa photography" ;-)

    :)

    Shower caps are a cheap waterproof alternative

  • we should write "the secret guide to spa photography" ;-)

    step one, when you get home steal all of lou and guilles photos and claim them as your own.

    the end.

    :D

  • Silly alonso..

  • step one, when you get home steal all of lou and guilles photos and claim them as your own.

    the end.

    :lol:

  • step one, when you get home steal all of lou and guilles photos and claim them as your own.

    *makes a note for future*

  • No Nestlé for me, freshly ground beans from Monmouth Coffee, Covent Garden. Will have to wait now, thunder & lightning has arrived with the deluge

    I saw a can of coffee in the petrol last night that claimed it was self heating.

    I think it came from the future

  • step one, when you get home steal all of lou and guilles photos and claim them as your own.

    he he :D

    problem with mine is that you'll be waiting a year form them... :P

  • 250 kmh through eau rouge, in the wet. WOW.

  • Buemi!

  • rubens and senna 13th and 14th, best row on the grid there ;)

  • I saw a can of coffee in the petrol last night that claimed it was self heating.

    ooh, I've seen those with soup. They scare me.

  • heikki train!

  • ooh, I've seen those with soup. They scare me.

    I wouldnt mind buying a food that did that, Lazy but convenient :P

  • will LH get traffik?

  • Baaahhhh..

  • Well that was a bit of a disaster for everyone in that!

  • will LH get traffik?

    Or a penalty

  • o0o0 thats gonna hurt for soeone's quali position

  • some wing nudging there

  • mmmmmmm..... hamilton will be penalized for that...

  • Alonso 11th. Not a lucky circuit for him

  • mmmmmmm..... hamilton will be penalized for that...

    why?

  • Alonso 11th. Not a lucky circuit for him

    he's still on lap

  • mmmmmmm..... hamilton will be penalized for that...

    why? he was being 'blocked' by slower traffic

  • Alonso 11th. Not a lucky circuit for him

    not over yet

  • mmmmmmm..... hamilton will be penalized for that...

    Maldonado should be peanalized

  • he's still on lap

    Oh yes, thanks

  • oooh come on bruno!!

  • why? he was being 'blocked' by slower traffic

    maldonado was on a lap, he crashed into him

  • :o

    BUTTON!!

  • Button out!

  • ooooh jenson

  • Oh my goodness, bruno knocked button out of Q3...

    Suddenly think Lou being out for lunch may have been a good idea.

  • Button out!

    Oh dear

  • BUTTON!!

    how did they mess that up?

  • what were the yellows for?

  • I think both STRs and Senna jumped Button at the last there

  • maldonado was on a lap, he crashed into him

    uhh, yeah, but lewis was on a flyer too

  • What on earth?!!

  • ooooh pastor!

  • Lewis and maldanardo!

  • h wow maldo is gonna get reamed for that one

  • Pastor should be Disqualified from the race.

  • Lewis says Maldy done it deliberately

  • uhh, yeah, but lewis was on a flyer too

    but he was behind

  • Naughty

  • Crazy! He should be out for that

  • OMG!

  • Crazy! He should be out for that

    Ban him for the race

  • Maldonado thinks he's in IndyCar

  • Poor rubens :(

  • Maldonado better get a penalty for that, not on

  • 'unsporting behaviour' is nice words for that sort of behaviour at that speed

  • Props to Senna

  • Well done Bruno by the way! Awesome!!!

  • yet another session where all the deciding action will be...in the FIA motorhome

  • I'd DQ Pastor for that...

  • Well done Bruno by the way! Awesome!!!

    yeah!

  • of course its his first Q2, he used to drive an HRT :D

  • I'd DQ Pastor for that...

    if only there were some spare drivers floating around...

  • I'd DQ Pastor for that...

    Surely they have to ban him from the next race too? You cant let that go lightly

  • of course its his first Q2, he used to drive an HRT :D

    good call.

  • if only there were some spare drivers floating around...

    hehe

  • Stoopid pastor. #bringbacknico

  • WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO JENSON! :'(

  • Maldonado psyching himself up for the Stewards

  • oh, hey, that was this year?

  • the cloud is coming! get your umbrellas out! ;-)

  • Maldonado thinks he's in IndyCar

    NASCAR more like, they do that every race

  • when was Monaco? seems like forever ago

  • WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO JENSON! :'(

    Ummm, ask Lukeh. If you can find him

  • WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO JENSON! :'(

    Team told him to box... they got it horribly wrong

  • WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO JENSON! :'(

    there you have the radio to explain it...

  • WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO JENSON! :'(

    they told him to box

  • Jenson looked very annoyed in the garage too.

  • EJ can even make me disagree with him when it's a clear cut case and I don't disagree! I really don't like when he talks, and talks, and talks.

  • so thats both Di Resta and Button eliminated today thanks to poor team decisions, niiiiice...

  • they told him to box

    And here I thought Ferarri might be the ones to make the big mistake today

  • JB says on 5 live it was just a misunderstanding, he was cooling down his tyres not expecting another lap

  • EJ can even make me disagree with him when it's a clear cut case and I don't disagree! I really don't like when he talks, and talks, and talks.

    :)

  • Tank tape to the rescue

  • Damage on the mclaren side pod

  • And here I thought Ferarri might be the ones to make the big mistake today

    There's still time.

  • Damage on the mclaren side pod

    grrrrrr

  • perez on softs

  • nononononono

  • JB says on 5 live it was just a misunderstanding, he was cooling down his tyres not expecting another lap

    a big misunderstanding :/

  • they told him to box

    I hate mclaren :(

  • If LH gets knocked out from that pod clash imma be upset

  • There we go, there goes massa

  • I hate mclaren :(

    bbc tv just reported the same. they told him to pit and ted news reports JB said "are you sure?"

  • Our Nige' should have a bit of a sit down with BOTH drivers. HAM went looking for a fight, MAL gave it to him.

  • There we go, there goes massa

    wrecking the softs on his outlap for the 100th time this year.

  • bbc tv just reported the same. they told him to pit and ted news reports JB said "are you sure?"

    5 live played the radio, he did indeed say that

  • I think Felipe is secretly collecting gravel to pebbledash his house on the cheap

  • 5 live played the radio, he did indeed say that

    that's obviously where TED gets his news from.

  • wrecking the softs on his outlap for the 100th time this year.

    hehe

    Aw. It's a gift, to be able to do that consistently.

  • I think Felipe is secretly collecting gravel to pebbledash his house on the cheap

    :)

  • wrecking the softs on his outlap for the 100th time this year.

    Someone needs to update the Ferarri instruction booklet for 'heating up tires on the outlap' :

    It is ESSENTIAL to avoid all non-tarmac driving and off-road excursions...

  • 5 live played the radio, he did indeed say that

    i heard it on the world feed because my tv mysteriously didn't take an ad break and now im wondering when aliens started running the network.

  • DRS back in use then.

  • Crofty: Bruno for pole, anyone?

    YES.

  • i heard it on the world feed because my tv mysteriously didn't take an ad break and now im wondering when aliens started running the network.

    I remember when that would happen when I was in Oz. I sometimes thought that the TV controller had fallen asleep

  • lewiss car held together by tape :D

  • I think Felipe is secretly collecting gravel to pebbledash his house on the cheap

    hehe

    I'm picturing Shawshank, with the sand in his pant cuffs being brought out into the yard on the sly. :)

  • it looks like the ferrari can't take the full blanchimont with the DRS activated

  • Massa ahead of Alonso. again,

  • Lewis fastest in s1

  • I think Felipe is secretly collecting gravel to pebbledash his house on the cheap

    maybe his engineers under-loaded the car and he's got to pick up weight. At every race.

  • Those are some very Spa-y clouds

  • Massa ahead of Alonso. again,

    just save, copy and paste that comment.

  • Those are some very Spa-y clouds

    run to a high place...

  • Lewis fastest in s1

    now they'll all want gaffer taped sidepods

  • Wow, webber!

  • Perez on pole!

  • Lewis fastest in s1

    now they'll all want gaffer taped sidepods

    :)

  • Perez on pole!

    nevermind ;)

  • yellows

  • yellows

    and gone

  • *sigh

    webber throwing down

  • Ohh I totally forgot about Rosberg...

  • I had managed to ofrget about RBR for about .0001 seconds. It was delightful

  • oh webber, if you get pole you'll only waste it, you know that.

  • alonso is very slow in the middle sector

  • webber=awesome....

  • Boooo vettel

  • Alonso is rubbish at Spa.... I can say that right? ;)

  • oh webber, if you get pole you'll only waste it, you know that.

    oh, the truth hurts. :(

  • oh webber, if you get pole you'll only waste it, you know that.

    more than a bit of thruth to that

  • Gah! Vettel

  • webber=awesome....

    woo hoo

  • alguersauri 4th!!

  • Sennas doing well

  • Purple S2 Webber

  • alguersauri 4th!!

    might change my Spanish allegiance ;)

  • Alonso P10 and not very quick

  • Awww webber

  • Alonso P10 and not very quick

    dry setup, i reckon.

  • Lewis!!

  • Nooo!!

  • Wow

  • gah, vettel!

  • Looooooois !!

  • Algeursauri gets 5th!! mental..

  • alguersauri ahead of alonso! :O

  • BRUNO 6TH!!!

    yaaaay!!!

  • Looooooois !!

    nope ;) but wow.

  • Oh bool.

  • Fun. :)

  • Lewis a lot slower in S1

    I got the teams right

  • Aww 7th

  • That was awesome

    ...(stoopid vettel)

  • I got the teams right

    Gold star from my desk for you.

  • AH FOR ________ SAKE!

    Can we have a race this season without red bull mucking it up for everybody else? JUST ONE?

  • nope ;) but wow.

    Grrrrr!

  • how many pole positions for vettel this year?

  • Can we have a race this season without red bull mucking it up for everybody else? JUST ONE?

    Not if they can help it. :D

  • blimey, petrov just got his arse handed to him by a rookie.

  • what is it with Alonso, Spa, and Ferrari? Grr.

  • blimey, petrov just got his arse handed to him by a rookie.

    didnt get to hug petrov at goodwood, see.

  • very good qualy from jaime and bruno :D

  • Hey Vettel, what are you talking about?

    Oh, is that what you're talking about?

    Give us a finger then, ah, there ya go.

  • "That's the answer"

    So that's what he was talking about!

  • Happy Birthday Mark :(

  • Wow, Bruno proving the naysayers very wrong

  • Go Jaime

  • what is it with Alonso, Spa, and Ferrari? Grr.

    alonso was very slow in the middle sector, I wouldn't discard a more "dry" setup for him

  • what is it with Alonso, Spa, and Ferrari? Grr.

    Too much time in the pub, we've seen the proof :)

  • blimey, petrov just got his arse handed to him by a rookie.

    and we thought bruno was in the wars yesterday.

    looks like eric made the right decision to get back to the pineapple of the sport.

  • Give us a finger then, ah, there ya go.

    oh, yes please, it'sonly been a month or so since the last time we saw it...

  • Too many replays at the end there, with cars finishing laps

  • looking at 13th and 14th reminds me of 2008

  • Wow, Bruno proving the naysayers very wrong

    Yup!

  • Happy Birthday Mark :(

    :(

    But...starting from 3rd is better for him...?

    I can try.

  • looking at 13th and 14th reminds me of 2008

    although in 2008 13th and 14th wouldve been a great result for honda

  • Wow, Bruno proving the naysayers very wrong

    Indeed, nuff respek

  • we have the consolation that the pole guy doesn't win very often here...

  • Wow, Bruno proving the naysayers very wrong

    my yaysaying worked!

  • my yaysaying worked!

    :D

  • we have the consolation that the pole guy doesn't win very often here...

    I'd feel better if RBR were forced to start at the back of the grid...

  • 1st McLaren overalls I've liked on a Saturday this year

  • we have the consolation that the pole guy doesn't win very often here...

    true, but at the same time, you know it's just waiting for a chance to average out.

  • Joe's take on the Maldonado action:

    "There was also an incident when Pastor Maldonado ran into Lewis Hamilton in what appeared to be a payback for a brush in the busy final minutes. Hamilton’s car was damaged but Maldonado may end up being thrown out of the meeting if the Stewards take a dim view of this kind of hooliganism.""

  • 1st McLaren overalls I've liked on a Saturday this year

    agreed, the black suits them.

  • button sounding a bit sad

  • agreed, the black suits them.

    I like them, too.

  • button sounding a bit sad

    his eyes look red.

  • I qualified 18th....but nothing went wrong. really.

  • button sounding a bit sad

    poor guy :(

  • 1st McLaren overalls I've liked on a Saturday this year

    I want to make them some orange ones

  • pDIr making a case for imself there

  • Can't throw money at bad calls either eh Mallya?

  • I qualified 18th....but nothing went wrong. really.

    so he's saying wrong call rather than anything wrong with the car

  • his eyes look red.

    werewolf? i saw some of Teen Wolf last night....

  • alguersuari, senna, perez and petrov in the top ten. that's a lot of rookies and almost rookies :)

  • If anyone should get a penalty it should be #Maldonado. Pastor kept pushing #Hamilton to the grass. http://www.twitpic.com/6c00gn

    - @Mattzel89

  • I want to make them some orange ones

    The GT team look so much better than the F1 team

    www.facebook.com/…2738.371554081716

  • werewolf? i saw some of Teen Wolf last night....

    maybe we wouldn't like him when he's angry. Oh, but he didn't look very green.

  • when maldonado goes to overtake on the right, lewis does shake right a little.

  • It's ridiculously unsubtle if you're going to turn left at someone if a track turns right

  • EJ giving up a chance to prognosticate for the first time ever!

  • I want to make them some orange ones

    McLaren Orange!

  • well turns out that my 'camping' family also took my pancake mix AND the skillet. So it's off to doughnuts and coffee for me. assuming that my day doesn't turn debaucherous, I'll be back tomorrow morning.

  • ooh mr crofty

  • see you all tomorrow. i'm off to get ready for a storm heading my way.

  • oh my the pattern on those mclaren overalls is unfortunately placed when the drivers sit down

  • see you all tomorrow. i'm off to get ready for a storm heading my way.

    Hope things won't be too bad for you. See you.

  • see you all tomorrow. i'm off to get ready for a storm heading my way.

    stay safe scott.

  • if Maldo didnt come with $$$ in buckets, FW would sack him....

  • "I don't know if that was intentional or not"

    thats not what you said on the radio Lewis. He is learning :)

  • thats not what you said on the radio Lewis. He is learning :)

    Very diplomatic!,

  • "I don't know if that was intentional or not"

    not even a 'frickin' or freakin'? Impressive!

  • "I don't know if that was intentional or not"

    thats not what you said on the radio Lewis. He is learning :)

    If he was really learning, he would learn to be more consistent. ;)

    Then again, I guess the replay does the talking for him.

  • if Maldo didnt come with $$$ in buckets, FW would sack him....

    He wouldn't have even hired him in the first place if he didn't. But he does, and they need it, and they both know it.

  • see you all tomorrow. i'm off to get ready for a storm heading my way.

    Good luck. I've made my preparations, but finishing up today.

  • the sun and clear sky say that I should be skying :)

    bye all, see you later/tomorrow. stay safe those in the hurricane path...

  • tweet from ant:

    Interested to see what the stewards decision is regarding Ham & Mal. Not convinced only one car made a change of direction there

  • Joe remembers an other Maldonado action:

    "Pastor Maldonado’s move on Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at Spa was not the first time that the Veneuzuelan has got into trouble in the course of his career, notably at Monaco in 2005 when he was given a four-race ban from the Renault World Series after ignoring yellow warning flags and hitting and seriously injuring a track marshal."

  • "Interested to see what the stewards decision is regarding Ham & Mal. Not convinced only one car made a change of direction there"

    You will be drummed out for having any thoughts other than it was Pastor's fault... agree lets see what the Marshals say at least they will have the telemetry to help.

  • Interested to see what the stewards decision is regarding Ham & Mal. Not convinced only one car made a change of direction there

    Just saw the video (quali wasn't on the telly, just followed live timing). From what I saw, Lewis tried to move right, not seeing Maldonado. When he did, he swerved back left and gave him room. Given that, Pastor seemed to move more and more to the left of the track and pushed Lewis off.

  • Interested to see what the stewards decision is regarding Ham & Mal. Not convinced only one car made a change of direction there

    Given that it was on a curve hamilton did have to turn right,

    Lewis had a little squiggle as maldonado came by, but it wasnt aimed into his path

  • Just saw the video (quali wasn't on the telly, just followed live timing). From what I saw, Lewis tried to move right, not seeing Maldonado. When he did, he swerved back left and gave him room. Given that, Pastor seemed to move more and more to the left of the track and pushed Lewis off.

    I would agree with that.

    Has pasta done any interviews yet?

  • Has pasta done any interviews yet?

    Methinks not.

  • Greetings and Saluations from Sunny Tundraland, everyone......

    Nick (@Twiger) 27/08/2011 at 14:48:52

    I would agree with that.

    Has pasta done any interviews yet?

    What a strange day to show up back in Sidepodcastland. From experience, the only time pasta talks to me me is when it is too spicy. But just how bad an upset stomach do you need to have before the contents of the said stomach gives out interviews to the press? :P

  • Just saw the video (quali wasn't on the telly, just followed live timing). From what I saw, Lewis tried to move right, not seeing Maldonado. When he did, he swerved back left and gave him room. Given that, Pastor seemed to move more and more to the left of the track and pushed Lewis off.

    That's what I saw too. I agree that it was Maldonardo's fault

  • Just saw the video (quali wasn't on the telly, just followed live timing). From what I saw, Lewis tried to move right, not seeing Maldonado. When he did, he swerved back left and gave him room. Given that, Pastor seemed to move more and more to the left of the track and pushed Lewis off.

    That's what I saw too. I agree that it was Maldonardo's fault

    I think you both are being quite gracious. HAM waited for MAL comming out of la Source. There is NO reason to lift where HAM did. HAM then did a fake-punch swerve and MAL was having none of it.

    Double red-card IMHO.

  • I think you both are being quite gracious. HAM waited for MAL comming out of la Source. There is NO reason to lift where HAM did. HAM then did a fake-punch swerve and MAL was having none of it.

    HAM lifted? Don't see any evidence pointing to that.

    In any case, the stewards have decided. HAM is reprimanded, MAL gets a 5-place penalty - which, given what they gave to Schumi last year at Hungary, is very light, IMO. He should've gotten a 10-place penalty, at least.

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Qualifying today should be a fascinating watch, although it could quite easily tip over into the other side - of drivers watching and waiting and not risking going out too soon. We'll have to see how the weather holds up, who is brave enough to make a dash for it, and who'll be fastest up Eau Rouge. The action begins at 1pm GMT+1 with the Factbyte Factbox opening up half an hour beforehand.
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