Belgium Review: Red Bull Back in it to Win it

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ABOVE: Vettel continued his 2011 domination to Belgium where he overhauled  his total points total from 2010 with still seven rounds left to go.

 

The 2011 Shell Belgian GP was filled with drama with huge accidents, first corner melee, and another win in the bag for Sebastian Vettel and a one-two sweep for Red Bull. But Webber could have won the race if it hadn't been for yet another horrible start.

 

Speaking of starts, this one was a crazy one as Nico Rosberg leapt to the lead back from row 3. Webber dropped back to eighth, but the drama was farther back in the field. Bruno Senna, who took the place of Nick Heidfeld, who had been dropped by Renault, got into a collision with Jaime Alguersuari, who had made a great qualifying effort to start sixth. The Spanish driver was out, however, and Senna would need to pit for repairs and dropped down the field.

 

Then, even farther down the pack, the "Junior" teams got into battle and it wasn't pretty. Sutil hit Glock who ran into Heikki Kovalainen who hit his teammate, Trulli. The two Lotus drivers were stranded at the end of the field but continued to race.

 

Vettel got Rosberg on the second lap to take the lead with the help of DRS. Vettel then took of into the distance. But the tires that Pirelli offered for the race blistered really quickly so both Red Bull drivers came in to pit early on.

 

Buemi retired on Lap 6 with damage to his rear wing after contact with Perez. But Hamilton had the biggest shunt of all, colliding with Kobayashi and hitting the wall hard enough to knock himself out for a moment.

 

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SEQUENCE: Hamilton had a huge crash at Les Combes.

 

Vettel went on to win a very exciting Belgian Grand Prix and continued to stretch his championship lead. Webber was second, Button third.

 

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Here are the full results.

 

2011 Belgian Grand Prix by Shell

 

Place 
No Driver Team Laps 
Elapsed Time 
Grid 
Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 44 1:26:44.893 1 25
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 44 +3.7 secs 3 18
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 44 +9.6 secs 13 15
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 44 +13.0 secs 8 12
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 44 +47.4 secs 24 10
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 44 +48.6 secs 5 8
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 44 +59.7 secs 15 6
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 44 +66.0 secs 4 4
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 44 +71.9 secs 10 2
10 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 44 +77.6 secs 21 1
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 44 +83.9 secs 17
12 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 44 +91.9 secs 12
13 9 Bruno Senna Renault 44 +92.9 secs 7
14 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 43 +1 Lap 18
15 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 43 +1 Lap 16
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 14
17 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 20
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 19
19 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 22
DNF 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 27 Rear axle 9
DNF 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 13 Mechanical 23
DNF 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 12 Crash 2
DNF 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 6 Damage 11
DNF 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 0 Damage 6

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schumacherfan55 09/01/2011 15:49


schumi did awesomely he made it 2 fifth