Kimi Raikkonen ended a 26-race losing streak by winning the Belgian Grand Prix for the fourth time in his career. Surprisingly Raikkonen’s closest contender wasn’t in a Brawn or a Red Bull or even a McLaren – he was chased around every lap of Spa by Giancarlo Fisichella. The Italian, now tipped to join Raikkonen … Continue reading Kimi Raikkonen edges Giancarlo Fisichella for win (Belgian Grand Prix review)
Drivers’ championship Driver Points 1 Jenson Button 72 2 Rubens Barrichello 56 3 Sebastian Vettel 53 4 Mark Webber 51.5 5 Kimi Raikkonen 34 6 Nico Rosberg 30.5 7 Lewis Hamilton 27 8 Jarno Trulli 22.5 9 Felipe Massa 22 10 Heikki Kovalainen 17 11 Timo Glock 16 12 Fernando Alonso 16 13 Nick Heidfeld … Continue reading F1 championship points after Belgium
1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 2. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes 3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault 4. Robert Kubica, BMW 5. Nick Heidfeld, BMW 6. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 7. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 8. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 9. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 10. Timo Glock, Toyota 11. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes 12. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso-Ferrari 13. Kazuki … Continue reading Belgian Grand Prix race result
We didn’t get any more rain at Spa-Francorchamps today but we got a thrilling and unpredictable qualifying session anyway. Here’s a look back at today’s action with over 80 pictures from qualifying.
Giancarlo Fisichella’s light fuel load could leave him vulnerable to attack from Jarno Trulli and Nick Heidfeld in tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix. Trulli is carrying 8.6kg more fuel than his fellow Italian who he shares the front row of the grid with. Here’s the fuel weight in full and a look ahead to tomorrow’s race:
Giancarlo Fisichella’s morning got off to a bad start when he hit a rabbit during practice and had to replace his front wing. But he seized his opportunity in an unpredictable qualifying session to grab his first pole posiiton in three years – and Force India’s first ever.
1. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes – 1’46.308 2. Jarno Trulli, Toyota – 1’46.395 3. Nick Heidfeld, BMW – 1’46.500 4. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes – 1’46.513 5. Robert Kubica, BMW – 1’46.586 6. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari – 1’46.633 7. Timo Glock, Toyota – 1’46.677 8. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault – 1’46.761 9. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault … Continue reading Belgian Grand Prix grid
Practice got started for the Belgian Grand Prix today in mixed conditions. We had a rain-lashed session in the morning, and sunny skies in the afternoon. Spa is holding true to form. Have any teams brought upgrades so soon after the last race? Get a close look at the cars with this selection of pictures.
In the last three races McLaren and Ferrari, the slumbering giants of F1 in 2009, have re-awoken and returned to the sharp end of the field. They might not be likely to win either of the titles this year, but how their drivers fare in the last six rounds of the championship could well decide … Continue reading McLaren and Ferrari join the title battle
Here’s what the teams had to say after the European Grand Prix: McLaren Lewis made a good start from pole position, and drove a strong first stint to lead the opening laps, stretching his advantage over Heikki and Rubens Barrichello in so doing. Pitting for the first time on lap 16, Lewis resumed in fourth … Continue reading European Grand Prix teams’ quotes
The streets of Valencia may not quite be a match for Monte-Carlo, but there was definitely a splash more colour about the place this year. Here’s a look back at the race in pictures, including Sebastien Buemi aand Timo Glock’s coming-together, Sebastian Vettel’s retirement – and a very happy Rubens Barrichello.
Rubens Barrichello ended his F1 victory drought of nearly five years with a classy win on the streets of Valencia. A crucial mistake by McLaren on Lewis Hamilton’s final pit stop gave Barrichello the opportunity to snatch victory – but his 35-second lead over team mate Jenson Button showed how well the Brazilian had driven.
Drivers’ championship Driver Points 1 Jenson Button 72 2 Rubens Barrichello 54 3 Mark Webber 51.5 4 Sebastian Vettel 47 5 Nico Rosberg 29.5 6 Lewis Hamilton 27 7 Kimi Raikkonen 24 8 Jarno Trulli 22.5 9 Felipe Massa 22 10 Timo Glock 16 11 Fernando Alonso 16 12 Heikki Kovalainen 14 13 Nick Heidfeld … Continue reading Championship standings after Valencia
1. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 2. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 4. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 5. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 6. Fernando Alonso, Renault 7. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes 8. Robert Kubica, BMW 9. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 10. Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes 11. Nick Heidfeld, BMW 12. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India-Mercedes 13. Jarno Trulli, Toyota … Continue reading European Grand Prix result
After a wretchedly dull race last year, Valencia isn’t the most popular stop on the F1 calendar with fans. But one a sunny day with some interesting scenery there’s a lot to like about the place. Have a look at these colourful pictures from today’s qualifying action.
Rubens Barrichello is fuelled to pit three laps later than the two McLarens in front of him – but will it be enough to overcome the silver cars’ performance advantage? Jenson Button also has three more laps’ worth of fuel than Sebastian Vettel, giving him a strong chance of increasing his advantage in the championship … Continue reading Strategy could hand Barrichello an advantage (European GP fuel weights)
McLaren locked out the front row of the grid for the European Grand Prix at Valencia with Lewis Hamilton leading Heikki Kovalainen. But it could have been the other way around if Kovalainen hadn’t blown his final shot at a lap. And it was bad news for Ferrari’s Luca Badoer, who starts tomorrow’s race from … Continue reading Hamilton leads McLaren one-two (European Grand Prix qualifying)
1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes – 1’39.498 2. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes – 1’39.532 3. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes – 1’39.563 4. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault – 1’39.789 5. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes – 1’39.821 6. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari – 1’40.144 7. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota – 1’40.185 8. Fernando Alonso, Renault – 1’40.236 9. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault – … Continue reading European Grand Prix grid
The summer break is the traditional mid-point of the season, and a good time to take stock of who’s doing well and who’s struggling so far this year. Here’s part one of my rankings of the F1 drivers so far this year including some of your observations from the forum:
1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 2. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 3. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault 4. Nico Rosberg, Williams-Toyota 5. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren-Mercedes 6. Timo Glock, Toyota 7. Jenson Button, Brawn-Mercedes 8. Jarno Trulli, Toyota 9. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams-Toyota 10. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn-Mercedes 11. Nick Heidfeld, BMW 12. Nelson Piquet Jnr, Renault 13. Robert Kubica, BMW 14. … Continue reading Hungarian Grand Prix result