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Belgium 2010 - Race highlights // Lap by lap coverage of the all the F1 action at Spa-Francorchamps

Published by Christine

One wet Sunday afternoon in Belgium.
Credit: McLaren.com

From the very second the lights went out at Spa, we knew we were in for a treat. Pole sitter Mark Webber went nowhere, cars streamed past him, and then, the rain started to fall. We saw cars spinning off all over the place, and although there were only four retirements by the end, it could have been an awful lot more.

The championship has been shaken up considerably, and this may be the turning point for the rest of the season to play out as a two horse race. Hamilton, Webber and Kubica made it to the podium, but see how they got there lap by lap.

As it happened: 2010 Belgium - The Race

  • 12:30

    Hello to one and all. Ready for Spa?

  • 12:31

    There were about a million penalties after qualifying yesterday. I recommend viewing the order, but not taking it as gospel!

  • 12:31

    So far, we've heard of a shower of rain already at the circuit, but things have brightened up a little now.

  • 12:31

    TweetTweet from @MikeGascoyne: The FIA have just put the 'change in climatic conditions' message up. You can say that again

  • 12:32

    The pit lane is open and cars are heading towards the grid.

  • 12:33

    Have your say on who will win today's race, by voting on our poll: https://sidepodcast.com/2010/08/29/live-belgium-2010-the-race/

  • 12:34

    You can also live comment there, and at https://sidepodcast.com/livecommenting

  • 12:37

    Trulli gets strapped in before heading to the grid.

  • 12:43

    Interview with Vettel: "The first lap should be quite exciting, going up the hill. On Friday, no one had the opportunity to try it on full tanks. Ideally, I'll try to go flat."

  • 12:44

    Weather

    15°C

    Track20°C
    Humidity65%
    Wind Speed2.5mps
  • 12:44

    Interview with Webber: "Feels good, track looks in good shape, very dry. Pockets of rain can come from absolutely nowhere. These cars don't get easier when it starts to spit with rain."

  • 12:46

    Definitely a contingent of Ferrari fans in the grandstand.

  • 12:46

    TweetTweet from @sarahholtf1: Button senior, Dad John has just done some sort of rain dance. He knows son Jenson is good in the wet. JB starts from 5th.

  • 12:49

    Official radar suggests no rain within the next 30 minutes.

  • 12:51

    Interview with Mike Gascoyne. "By mistake, I walked to the back of the grid because I'm so used to it."

  • 12:52

    The poll is closed and your race winner looks to be Mark Webber - with Lewis Hamilton a close second. Not many thing Kub or Vet can win it.

  • 12:53

    Interview with Martin Whitmarsh: "The key to today's race is right tyres. It's going to rain at some point and if you're out on track on the wrong tyres, you've had it."

  • 12:58

    Alonso lines up tenth on the grid. He's got some work to do today.

  • 12:58

    TweetTweet from @tonyfernandes: From the grid.Petronas mercedes behind us. Hehehehehe.Won't be like that in the race but nice for a few seconds. Go boys.

  • 12:59

    The grid is clearing of bodies, formation lap about to begin.

  • 13:00

    They're off on their formation lap.

  • 13:01

    RadioTeam radio to Kubica: "We expect some rain at 2:08, and it's going to be reasonably heavy. It's going to last five minutes."

  • 13:03

    Martin Brundle reckons Massa has overshot his grid slot by about two metres.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Green flagRace started.

  • 13:04 Lap 1

    Webber lost a huge amount of places on the start, back in 7th right now.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Yellow flag An early yellow flag.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    Buemi is miles off the pace, about four corners behind everyone else.

  • 13:05 Lap 1

    CrashAccident between Alonso and Barrichello. And a Mercedes as well?

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Everyone appeared to miss the corner, and Button was trying to get past Kubica at the front.

  • 13:06 Lap 2

    Alonso, Glock, Kovalainen and De la Rosa all have been to the pits.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    They have likely taken on intermediate tyres. Alonso definitely has.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    SC BoardSafety car deployed.

  • 13:07 Lap 2

    Barrichello is out of the race. Poor showing for his 300th Grand Prix.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Kobayashi and Alguersuari have dived into the pitlane.

  • 13:08 Lap 3

    Kobayashi having a terribly slow stop - tyres weren't even ready. He's got slick tyres going on.

  • 13:09 Lap 3

    Ted reports Glock put on full wet tyres and has come back to take them off again.

  • 13:10 Lap 3

    Replays show Webber's car went into anti-stall on the grid, hence going nowhere at the start.

  • 13:10 Lap 3

    Safety car in at the end of this lap.

  • 13:11 Lap 3
    Driver Positions
    1HamiltonMcLaren
    2ButtonMcLaren
    3KubicaRenault
    4VettelRed Bull
    5WebberRed Bull
  • 13:11 Lap 4

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 13:11 Lap 4

    Vettel has passed Kubica on the restart.

  • 13:12 Lap 5

    After such a great qualifying position, Kovalainen is now way down the order - as is Glock.

  • 13:13 Lap 5

    Hamilton has stretched out a bit of a gap at the front.

  • 13:13 Lap 5

    Alonso and Alguersuari have pitted.

  • 13:13 Lap 5

    RadioTeam radio to Button: "Minor damage to the front wing."

  • 13:14 Lap 5

    Vettel and Kubica are under investigation... not sure why yet.

  • 13:14 Lap 5

    Replays show Barrichello just couldn't slow down his car and barrelled straight into the side of Alonso.

  • 13:14 Lap 6

    Interview with Mike Gascoyne: "Our radar say there's no rain for the next 30 minutes, but also that it could shower at any time."

    Helpful!

  • 13:15 Lap 6

    Hamilton puts in the fastest lap so far - 1:53.065.

  • 13:15 Lap 6

    QuoteComment from Spikey: I think Vettel and Kubica are under investigation because on the first lap then passed Jenson at the bus stop (Jenson got back on the track and made the corner.)

  • 13:16 Lap 6

    Senna has spun it, but continues onwards.

  • 13:16 Lap 6

    Senna pits, it's not looking hopeful.

  • 13:16 Lap 6

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: Update: Adrian is now 7th. He has overtaken Hulkenberg who is ahead of Tonio in P9.

  • 13:19 Lap 8

    Senna is definitely out of the race now. Just the two retirees so far.

  • 13:20 Lap 8

    Hamilton has stretched out a good lead, whilst Vettel is closing up on Button, but can't quite make it work.

  • 13:21 Lap 9

    Alonso passed Buemi, and has now easily passed De La Rosa. Jarno Trulli is next.

  • 13:22 Lap 10

    Trulli essentially allowed Alonso through, but de la Rosa also closed up on the Lotus.

  • 13:24 Lap 10

    Alonso's next target is Kobayashi, and he's 16 seconds-ish behind him. Watch him close that gap.

  • 13:24 Lap 11

    Liuzzi has come into the pits.

  • 13:25 Lap 11

    Petrov has passed Rosberg, nice and cleanly. Schumacher also passed his teammate... not so cleanly.

  • 13:25 Lap 11

    Rosberg has to pit for a new front wing. Hmm.

  • 13:26 Lap 12

    The incident between Alonso and Barrichello will be investigated after the race.

  • 13:27 Lap 12

    Stewards have decided no further action on the Vettel/Kubica incident. Still not sure what it was about.

  • 13:27 Lap 12

    Interview with Barrichello: "As soon as I touched the brakes, even though I touched it very early, it was not enough to stop the car."

  • 13:28 Lap 13
    One to Watch
    Buttonvs.Vettel
    2nd+0.2s3rd
  • 13:30 Lap 14

    Alonso is chasing Liuzzi, attempted a pass but couldn't make it. The Force India holds 13th for now.

  • 13:30 Lap 14

    Rosberg never did pit for his front wing, the team decided to let him stay out and see how it goes.

  • 13:31 Lap 14

    Interview with Mike Gascoyne: "Jarno reporting a lot of degradation on the rear tyre, the options, but a lot of people want to hang on and see if this shower comes in."

  • 13:32 Lap 15

    I wasn't expecting many lapped cars, but hey presto, Hamilton is closing up on Yamamoto. Shouldn't be long now.

  • 13:34 Lap 16

    Alonso passed Liuzzi, now chasing Kobayashi again.

  • 13:35 Lap 17

    CrashAccident between Vettel and Button!!

  • 13:36 Lap 17

    Good place to do it, right outside the pit entrance. Vettel makes it to the garage, but where's Button?

  • 13:36 Lap 17

    Vettel took on a new front wing and is back out on track.

  • 13:37 Lap 18

    Replays show Vettel just lost control and rammed into the side of Button.

  • 13:37 Lap 18

    QuoteComment from Kai: My neighbors must know there is a race on today. There have been several yelps so far today.

  • 13:38 Lap 18

    Ah ha, we have located Button, he is out of the race.

  • 13:38 Lap 18

    QuoteComment from RG: So they were saying Vettel can't overtake. Might be true.

  • 13:39 Lap 19

    Stewards are investigating that incident. Good job too!

  • 13:40 Lap 19
    Driver Positions
    1HamiltonMcLaren
    2KubicaRenault
    3WebberRed Bull
    4Massa
    Ferrari
    5SutilForce India
  • 13:40 Lap 19

    Button has made it six retirements out of nine starts at Spa. They're not missing him out on track, though, as the speeds have increased and the gap to Lewis will close now.

  • 13:41 Lap 20

    I was watching it intensely, waiting for the moment, then Vettel distracted me, but people, important news: Yamamoto has been lapped!

  • 13:41 Lap 20

    Sebastian Vettel handed a drive through penalty.

  • 13:43 Lap 21

    Liuzzi gets past Vettel, just as he gets the news over the radio of his penalty.

  • 13:44 Lap 21

    Vettel serves his penalty.

  • 13:45 Lap 22

    Sutil has pitted, slick tyres go on.

  • 13:47 Lap 23

    Webber pits from 4th.

  • 13:48 Lap 23

    TweetTweet from @rf1paddockpass: Halfway through the race now , have to say one of the most exciting races in the calendar...

  • 13:49 Lap 23

    Kubica and Massa pit from 2nd and 3rd, Kubica comes out and remains ahead of the Ferrari.

  • 13:49 Lap 24

    Kubica also just hangs on to second ahead of Webber, but Mark isn't giving up easily.

  • 13:50 Lap 24

    Button is out of the car, ready to face the press, and clearly not at all happy about it.

  • 13:51 Lap 25

    Hamilton pits from P1, clean stop, and returns to the track in the lead.

  • 13:51 Lap 25

    TweetTweet from @VirginRacing: blue flag hell starts here...

  • 13:51 Lap 25

    Sutil slides past Schumacher for 5th place. Easy peasy.

  • 13:54 Lap 26

    Interview with Button: "It was looking really good, good start, good fight in the wet conditions. Running in second with a damaged front wing, made the rear twitchy. It was tricky to keep him behind. I don't know what happened, all I felt was a big bang on the sidepod, ripped the radiator out, I lost drive completely. I don't know what he was doing really. It's a massive blow for the championship. It hurts quite a bit really."

  • 13:54 Lap 26
    Live Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1Hamilton182
    2Webber176
    3Vettel151
    4Button147
    5Alonso143
  • 13:54 Lap 27

    Vettel swiped Liuzzi, and now has a wicked puncture. He's trying to make his way back to the pitlane.

  • 13:55 Lap 27

    Liuzzi went straight in the pits for a new nose. Vettel has it in for everyone today, including himself!

  • 13:56 Lap 28

    RadioTeam radio to Massa (that means Rob!): "Next threat of rain should be in about ten laps. Twenty minutes time."

  • 13:57 Lap 28

    Vettel has made it back to the pitlane, has a new tyre, and is out again in..... 19th. Only Kovalainen and Yamamoto are behind him.

  • 13:58 Lap 29

    TweetTweet from @lookingspiffy: Bet Vettel's wishing he hadn't bothered turning up this weekend.

  • 13:59 Lap 29

    Massa lost a load of time there, held up by back markers who were attempting to let him by, but he was stuck under yellow flags (which have now cleared).

  • 14:00 Lap 30

    TweetTweet from @clubforce: Tonio pits for a new nose, no further damage to the car found and he rejoins in 14th position

  • 14:01 Lap 30
    Top Speed
    Sector 1Liuzzi323kph
    Sector 2Webber201kph
    Sector 3Hamilton215kph
    Speed TrapSutil304kph
  • 14:02 Lap 31

    Backmarker watch: Trulli, Di Grassi, Glock, Kovi, Vettel and Yamamoto all one lap down.

  • 14:03 Lap 31
    One to Watch
    Kobayashivs.Alonso
    8th+0.2s9th
  • 14:04 Lap 32

    Another fastest lap for Hamilton - 1:49.218

  • 14:05 Lap 32

    TweetTweet from @KataHyde: People in the grandstand have put on their raincoats...

  • 14:05 Lap 32

    Never mind radar, it's the umbrellas and ponchos that are the tell-tale signs.

  • 14:08 Lap 32

    Webber's radio confirms it could be light rain, getting heavier, for twenty minutes!

  • 14:08 Lap 34

    Glock pits.

  • 14:08 Lap 34

    Glock has put on full wet tyres.

  • 14:09 Lap 35

    Weather

    16°C

    Track19°C
    Humidity66%
    Wind Speed4mps
  • 14:09 Lap 35

    FOM has changed the conditions to Wet Track.

  • 14:10 Lap 35

    Lewis runs way wide on his dry tyres, off into the gravel, narrowly misses the barrier and continues.

  • 14:11 Lap 35

    Lots of drivers dive into the pitlane for a tyre change. Ferrari just missed a collision letting their car out in the stream of traffic.

  • 14:11 Lap 36

    Hamilton, Kubica and Webber all come in to the pits at the same time.

  • 14:12 Lap 36

    Hamilton has a clean stop, Kubica overshoots his box and allows Webber to jump him in the pitlane.

  • 14:12 Lap 36

    Massa also pitted from fourth.

  • 14:13 Lap 36

    I can't see any more rain.

  • 14:14 Lap 37

    Oh, there it is! Hulkenberg is on slicks and really struggling.

  • 14:15 Lap 37

    A nice 360 from the Williams there.

  • 14:15 Lap 37

    Stewards are investigating Vettel and Alonso for their almost collision in the pitlane.

  • 14:17 Lap 38

    Vettel has pitted for extreme wits.

  • 14:17 Lap 38

    Or wets. He probably could do with some wit too, though.

  • 14:17 Lap 38

    CrashAlonso has spun it, sitting in the middle of the track, at least a broken wishbone.

  • 14:17 Lap 38

    Alonso has jumped out of the car and run for safety.

  • 14:18 Lap 38

    SC BoardSafety car deployed.

  • 14:18 Lap 38

    Replays show Alonso ran a bit wide, spun right into the barriers, race over.

  • 14:19 Lap 39

    Just five laps remaining.

  • 14:19 Lap 39

    RadioTeam radio to Vettel, after he complains it's not wet enough for extremes: "Cars on inters are crashing left, right and centre."

  • 14:20 Lap 39

    RadioTeam radio from Hamilton: "This Safety Car needs to pick up the pace!"

  • 14:21 Lap 40

    Another lap under the SC. Alonso's car is cleared, so it should be in this lap.

  • 14:23 Lap 40
    Driver Positions
    1HamiltonMcLaren
    2WebberRed Bull
    3KubicaRenault
    4Massa
    Ferrari
    5SutilForce India
  • 14:23 Lap 40

    Safety Car in this lap.

  • 14:24 Lap 41

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 14:24 Lap 41

    Restart is clean, Hamilton leads them away.

  • 14:25 Lap 41

    Rosberg overtakes Schumacher, having already taken Kobayashi. Nico now in 6th.

  • 14:26 Lap 41

    Trulli spins it, lets the pack pass and continues.

  • 14:26 Lap 41

    Jarno loses out on 15th place, now at the back.

  • 14:28 Lap 41

    Liuzzi has closed right up to Alguersuari, looking to get past for 12th place.

  • 14:28 Lap 41

    Ooh, 11th place, actually. So close to the points!

  • 14:28 Lap 42

    Pedro runs off into the gravel, and just keeps it out of the barriers.

  • 14:32 Lap 44

    Chequered flagLewis Hamilton wins the Belgian Grand Prix!!

  • 14:33 Lap 44
    Driver Positions
    1HamiltonMcLaren
    2WebberRed Bull
    3KubicaRenault
    4Massa
    Ferrari
    5SutilForce India
    6RosbergMercedes
    7SchumacherMercedes
    8KobayashiSauber
    9PetrovRenault
    10AlguersuariToro Rosso
  • 14:37

    Lewis Hamilton takes the win and jumps straight to the top of the championship - this will please him after a controversial race last year, when his win was taken away.

  • 14:37

    Webber has done the best he could for his championship, whilst Vettel seemed to do the worst he could for his chances.

  • 14:38

    Renault get a double points finish, with Kub on the podium and Petrov in 9th. So close to a second place, but still really good for the bright yellow team.

  • 14:38

    Four retirees in all - Alonso and Button (both of whom will be bitterly disappointed and will really feel it in the championship battle), Senna and Barrichello.

  • 14:39

    Virgin and Lotus both managed to get both cars to the end of the race, but I imagine they'll be disappointed they couldn't get more out of a chaotic Grand Prix.

  • 14:40

    Thank you for joining us today, what a great race we had to enjoy! We'll be back in two weeks time for the Italian GP. Join us then!

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