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Belgium 2008 - The race // Time for two hours of hectic action deep in the Belgian forests

Published by Christine

I'll be honest and say that qualifying didn't exactly live up to my expectations yesterday. There were only two notable incidents, one was Bourdais leading a session, and the other was Hamilton being amazingly fast. With the weather maps saying that rain is unlikely today, it looks like it's going to be a normal race.

Having said that, I'm still hoping for good things. Räikkönen starts fourth and needs to really work hard to get on the podium and continue his championship campaign. Massa lines up next to Hamilton on the grid, and if we're really lucky, he could do an Alonso and fight Hamilton all the way through Eau Rouge for first place.

Heidfeld is also going to be a factor, finally placing well in qualifying. As a consistent racer, starting in fifth will see him end there or higher, most probably, but he might get in some of the top runners way. Alonso may also do the same, starting from sixth.

The chances of seeing a safety car are higher than at some circuits, and with the lap being so long, this can be really costly in terms of strategies. Expect McLaren to play it safe, and some of the lower teams to run risks to try and rise up the ranks.

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I'll be honest and say that qualifying didn't exactly live up to my expectations yesterday. There were only two notable incidents, one was Bourdais leading a session, and the other was Hamilton being amazingly fast.

Event start

13:00GMT +01:00

7 September 2008