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Nick Heidfeld, Sauber, Singapore, 2010

Nick Heidfeld: The F1 Fanatic Quiz

Nick Heidfeld, Sauber, Singapore, 2010
Nick Heidfeld, Sauber, Singapore, 2010

Following his ejection from Renault last year, Nick Heidfeld’s F1 career seems to have reached an end.

He made 183 starts for a range of different teams but never quite made it as far as the top step of the podium.

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Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Monaco, 2011

Farewell to Renault name after poor season

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Monaco, 2011
Renault faded rapidly in 2011

Having finished on the podium in the first two races, Renault scored just one point in the final four rounds.

How did their 2011 campaign go so disastrously wrong?

And would they have done better had Robert Kubica not been injured before the season started?

It’s tempting to look at the results of that last test session in Valencia, when Kubica was quickest in the R31, and conclude that great things would have come Renault’s way had he not been severely injured in a rally accident three days later.

But we should not read that much into the results of a test session. As the 2011 season unfolded, it was the car as much as the drivers that let the team down.

Once the grave extent of Kubica’s injuries was learned, team principal Eric Boullier ran Nick Heidfeld and Bruno Senna in the next test and initially gave Kubica’s seat to Heidfeld.

Renault team stats 2011

Best race result (number) 3rd (2)
Best grid position (number) 6th (3)
Non-finishes (mechanical/other) 6 (1/5)
Laps completed (% of total) 2,025 (89.36%)
Laps led (% of total) 0 (0%)
Championship position (2010) 5th (5th)
Championship points (2010) 73 (163)
Pit stop performance ranking 6th

It was something of a fairytale result for the team when Vitaly Petrov brought the car home on the podium in the first race at Melbourne. Heidfeld repeated the feat in the following round at Sepang.

But their season went downhill after that.

Heidfeld’s indifferent qualifying performances frustrated Boullier, who urged his driver to raise his game. He did so in Canada, only to crash out while racing for position with Kamui Kobayashi.

After the European Grand Prix Boullier again said the team hadn’t done well enough as both Heidfeld and Petrov slipped back from their starting positions during the race.

The team struggled to develop the R31, with its radical front exit exhausts, as the season went on. A more conventional system was briefly tried but rejected.

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Hungaroring, 2011
Hungary was Heidfeld's last appearance

Boullier’s patience with Heidfeld eventually ran out and he put Senna in the car from Spa onwards. Senna out-qualified Petrov first time out and kept his team mate honest over the remaining races. But by now the team were scrapping in the lower reaches of the top ten.

Their season reached its nadir in Singapore. The R31s arrived home 15th and 17th – Petrov behind a Lotus – in a result Boullier described as “painful”.

Senna was displeased by Petrov’s aggressive tactics at the start in Suzuka – much as Heidfeld had been when the pair disputed the same piece of track in Turkey.

Petrov’s second F1 season was mixed at best. Following his strong start in Melbourne he crashed badly in Monaco, fortunately escaping injury. He was ragged in India and seemed to have a magnetic attraction to Michael Schumacher’s Mercedes: he was blameless in their collisions in Turkey and Valencia, but not so in Singapore where he ploughed into the Mercedes, earning a penalty.

In the final race it was Senna who collided with Schumacher, also receiving a penalty.

This almost compromised Renault’s chances of holding onto fifth in the constructors’ championship. Had it not been for Toro Rosso’s late-season resurgence, taking points off Force India in Korea and India, it’s very likely Renault would have fallen to sixth.

Romain Grosjean, Renault, Abu Dhabi, 2009
Grosjean drove in practice ahead of his 2012 return

The team have opted for wholesale change in its driver line-up for 2012, bringing in Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean while cutting Petrov’s contract short by a year.

But the driver line-up wasn’t the sole source of the team’s problems in 2011. The R31′s reliability was as much a cause for concern as its performance.

Heidfeld suffered two major fires in the exhaust system, including one that ended his final race. Senna had KERS failures in consecutive races and Petrov’s DRS malfunctioned in Abu Dhabi.

The team will be hoping for a change in from to accompany its new identity – Lotus – in 2012. However the name ‘Renault’ will remain as an engine supplier, in which role it has enjoyed conspicuously greater success in powering Red Bull to their world championships.

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Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Nurburgring, 2011

Button edging Hamilton, Alonso thrashing Massa: team mates so far

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Nurburgring, 2011
Hamilton hasn't beaten Button since the Nurburgring

With half-a-dozen races left in 2011, which drivers hold the upper hand in their team?

And which are glancing enviously at the other side of the garage?

Here’s how the team mates stack up with the end of the season in sight.

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were quite closely matched in 2010 but that hasn’t been the case this year.

Webber started the year some way off Vettel’s pace. But as he has improved his performance on the new tyres the gap has reduced. When we compared the performances of team mates earlier this year Webber was often making an extra pit stop per race compared to Vettel – that is no longer the case.

But Webber is still lagging behind in some areas, particularly starts. He has made a net loss of 20 places on the first lap this year, the worst of any driver.

Telling stat: The two Red Bulls have been on the track together for 729 laps this year, and Vettel has been ahead for 661 of them.

McLaren

Lewis Hamilton has never ended a championship behind his team mate in the standings.

But with six races to go Jenson Button holds a nine-point lead over his team mate. He has been the highest-placed McLaren driver in the last three races.

Will Button sustain his advantage and inflict Hamilton’s first defeat from a team mate over a full season in F1?

Hamilton has generally been the quicker of the two, and if he can cut out the mistakes that have plagued his season over the final half-dozen races he has a solid chance of coming out on top.

Telling stat: Hamilton is 10-3 up in qualifying but his advantage is a much slimmer 5-4 in races where both have finished.

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Montreal, 2011
No contest at Ferrari

Ferrari continue to insist they will honour Felipe Massa’s contract for 2012.

Which is as clear an indication as we are likely to get that the team want nothing more than a seat-filler who will not destabilise Fernando Alonso.

This cost them second place in the constructors’ championship last year and may do the same again this year as Massa has consistently failed to get close to Alonso’s single-lap or stint performance.

Massa’s had some misfortune with slow pit stops but that alone does not explain the huge points gap between him and Alonso.

Telling stat: Alonso has more than double Massa’s points total with 172 to 82.

Mercedes

Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Barcelona, 2011
Schumacher is faring better in his second year back

Nico Rosberg still holds the upper hand at Mercedes, though not as decisively as he did last year.

Michael Schumacher had strong races in both Spa and Monza. Rosberg’s elimination from the latter at the first corner allowed Schumacher to close the gap between them to just four points, setting up an intriguing contest over the final races.

The next race will be a particularly telling indicator of Schumacher’s revival, as he had a tough race in Singapore last year.

Telling stat: Rosberg has reached Q3 in every race but Schumacher has missed out five times (once due to a wheel coming off).

Renault

Renault dropped Nick Heidfeld two races ago and it seems he wasn’t out-performing Vitaly Petrov by the margins they wanted him to.

In particular, Petrov out-qualified him eight times in eleven races. Heidfeld accumulated three points more than Petrov, but that clearly wasn’t enough for a driver who was expected to be a team leader.

Bruno Senna has been with the team for the past two races but it’s rather early in the day to draw comparisons between him and Petrov, especially as both have been involved in first-corner collisions.

Telling stat: Heidfeld finished ahead of Petrov in five of the seven races where both finished.

Williams

Williams have found much of their operation wanting this year and already have new engines and designers in place for 2012. Should they do the same with their drivers?

Pastor Maldonado has acquitted himself well in qualifying but tended to drop back in the races.

It seems as though Rubens Barrichello is not beating his team mate by the kind of margin someone with his experience should be. But in the FW33 Williams have produced their worst car in a long time – perhaps ever – which makes it difficult to judge.

Telling stat: Maldonado’s average starting position is slightly better than Barrichello’s, but Barrichello finishes two places ahead on average.

Force India

Paul di Resta, Force India, Monaco, 2011
Di Resta has spent more laps ahead of Sutil

Adrian Sutil is another driver who had a troubled start to the year but has clearly progressed as he’s become more familiar with the new tyres.

Having taken a battering from rookie team mate Paul di Resta in qualifying earlier on, Sutil has begun to restore the balance. He has brought the car home consistently as well.

But with Nico H???lkenberg waiting in the wings and Force India not taking a decision on their driver line-up until December, how this battle is resolved could decide who gets a drive in 2012.

Telling stat: Di Resta leads 8-5 in qualifying but Sutil has more points.

Sauber

Sergio Perez continues to go from strength to strength and has out-qualified Kamui Kobayashi for the last four races in a row.

But as the competition in the midfield intensifies both are finding it increasingly difficult to bring home points.

Telling stat: Kobayashi scored 25 points in the first seven races but only two since then.

Toro Rosso

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Monza, 2011
Alguersuari has scored points from 18th four times

Like Sutil and Webber, Jaime Alguersuari has been on an upward trajectory this year as he has found his way with the new tyres.

In Alguersuari’s case, this has meant concentrating on race set-up at the expense of qualifying performance. As a result, he’s started 18th and gone on to finish in the points on four occasions this year.

He and Sebastien Buemi have repeatedly swapped places in the drivers’ championship. One of them needs to cement an advantage to ward off the threat from Red Bull Development Drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Telling stat: Buemi has made a net gain of 22 places on the first lap of races in 2011, more than any other driver.

Lotus

Heikki Kovalainen, Lotus, Monza, 2011
Kovalainen holds sway at Lotus

Jarno Trulli’s struggles with his power steering this year have been well-documented. He’s only beaten Heikki Kovalainen twice in qualifying this year and has been half a second off his team mate on average.

However he has retained his place at the team for next year.

Telling stat: Kovalainen has retired from more races due to mechanical failure than any other driver.

HRT

Vitantonio Liuzzi was never troubled by Naran Karthikeyan during their brief association. Daniel Ricciardo has shown promise and is eager to out-strip this former Red Bull Development Driver.

Telling stat: Karthikeyan is the only driver to have started more than one race in 2011 yet never out-qualified his team mate.

Virgin

The experienced Timo Glock has Jerome D’Ambrosio comfortably handled

Telling stat: Glock’s average margin of 0.611s over d’Ambrosio in qualifying is the largest of all the active team partnerships in 2011.

Which drivers have particularly impressed you this year? And who do you think should be doing better against their team mates? Have your say in the comments.

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Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Nurburgring, 2011

Renault and Heidfeld formally split

Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Nurburgring, 2011
Nick Heidfeld, Renault, Nurburgring, 2011

Renault and Nick Heidfeld have formally announced they have parted ways.

A statement released on Friday said the pair had reached “an amicable settlement” and split with immediate effect.

Team principal Eric Boullier said: “Our disagreement with Nick has been the subject of much media coverage lately, and we are pleased to have reached a swift and reasonable solution.

“Our separation process was already a painful one, and neither of us wanted to go through another legal hearing. We?re very grateful to Nick for the highly valuable contribution he?s made to the team. We certainly had good times together, in particular remembering our podium finish in Malaysia.

“He is a very strong and determined racer and we wish him every success in the future.”

Heidfeld said: “Obviously I?m disappointed to be leaving Lotus Renault GP in the middle of the season.

“I thought I could still make a big contribution to the team, but I have to see things as they are and I want to turn my attention to the future. We have taken the right decision by choosing to end our collaboration today.

“I would like to wish all the friends I made at Enstone a successful end to the season. One thing is for sure – I?ll be back racing at the highest level soon.”

Heidfeld joined the team at the start of the season to substitute for the injured Robert Kubica. Heidfeld was replaced by Bruno Senna at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Update: Renault have also announced Bruno Senna will continue to drive for them for the rest of the year

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Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Vote for your Belgian GP driver of the weekend

Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011
Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Who was the most impressive driver throughout the Belgian Grand Prix weekend?

See below for my pick of the best drivers in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Review each driver’s race weekend in detail below and vote for who you thought was the most impressive driver.

For your consideration

Here are some of the drivers who impressed me during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend:

Sebastian Vettel – Typically dominant, unfazed by concerns over tyre wear, and made some excellent passes.

Mark Webber – Made the pass of the year so far on Fernando Alonso at Eau Rouge.

Jenson Button – A superb recovery after a tactical error in qualifying and picking up damage on the first lap.

Michael Schumacher – Another driver who made a strong recovery, rising from last on the grid to fifth place.

Adrian Sutil – Aside from a costly mistake in qualifying, this was another impressive performance from Sutil who’s upped his game of late.

Compare all the drivers

Review what happened to each driver over the race weekend and compare their performances with their team mates using the links below:

Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
McLaren: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari: Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher
Renault: Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov
Williams: Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado
Force India: Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez
Toro Rosso: Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari
Lotus: Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen
HRT: Daniel Ricciardo and Vitantonio Liuzzi
Virgin: Timo Glock and Jerome d’Ambrosio

Vote for your driver of the weekend

Which driver impressed you the most throughout the Grand Prix weekend? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

Who was the best driver of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend?

  • Sebastian Vettel (15%)
  • Mark Webber (4%)
  • Lewis Hamilton (1%)
  • Jenson Button (28%)
  • Fernando Alonso (2%)
  • Felipe Massa (1%)
  • Michael Schumacher (45%)
  • Nico Rosberg (1%)
  • Bruno Senna (0%)
  • Vitaly Petrov (0%)
  • Rubens Barrichello (0%)
  • Pastor Maldonado (0%)
  • Adrian Sutil (1%)
  • Paul di Resta (0%)
  • Kamui Kobayashi (0%)
  • Sergio Perez (0%)
  • Sebastien Buemi (0%)
  • Jaime Alguersuari (1%)
  • Heikki Kovalainen (0%)
  • Jarno Trulli (0%)
  • Daniel Ricciardo (0%)
  • Vitantonio Liuzzi (0%)
  • Timo Glock (0%)
  • Jerome d'Ambrosio (1%)

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Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Renault: Petrov buoyed by R31 upgrades

Petrov says Renault have made “a big step forward” with the R31.

Bruno Senna Vitaly Petrov
Qualifying position 7 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q3) 1’51.121 (-1.182) 1’52.303
Race position 13 9
Laps 44/44 44/44
Pit stops 2 2

Renault drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44
Bruno Senna 150.814 138.885 118.273 117.372 116.921 116.697 116.116 119.938 121.977 116.074 116.614 116.259 138.386 144.312 142.158 168.108 117.297 116.933 117.199 118.64 120.319 128.062 116.642 114.646 115.172 114.322 115.546 114.973 114.376 117.036 114.874 113.921 114.016 113.794 113.775 114.16 113.752 113.891 113.585 114.005 115.141 114.263 114.151 114.483
Vitaly Petrov 125.844 117.717 117.35 117.759 118.504 116.483 117.106 117.211 117.759 117.055 119.043 121.51 145.01 145.398 172.138 167.811 118.019 115.495 114.701 114.302 114.695 114.906 114.345 114.288 114.243 115.17 114.504 114.211 114.557 118.376 127.74 114.518 112.608 112.432 112.506 113.454 113.66 113.361 113.045 113.207 113.116 113.944 113.838 123.871

Bruno Senna

Made his debut for the team in place of Nick Heidfeld. It didn’t get off to a great start as he crashed in first practice.

But a good run in qualifiyng put him seventh on the grid, in front of Petrov.

He undid that good work within a few hundred metres of the start, sliding hard into Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso.

“I would like to say sorry to Jaime for that,” said Senna.

“I made a mistake in the braking area, so that meant I slipped back and couldn?t compete where I wanted to. This left me quite lonely at the back for a while.”

He finished 13th, but chief race engine Alan Permane praised his first race weekend for the team: “Bruno slipped up on his first corner, and this damaged his first set of tyres which set the scene for the rest of his race.

“Looking over his weekend, he did a fantastic job yesterday and it was always going to be a very difficult indoctrination racing on these tyres in dry conditions for the first time at this circuit.”

Bruno Senna 2011 form guide

Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011
Vitaly Petrov, Renault, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Vitaly Petrov

Petrov had a spin in qualifying and lined up tenth on the grid.

He fell behind Kamui Kobayashi at the start and followed the Sauber through the opening stint.

Petrov pitted before the safety car came out which ultimately cost him places to Michael Schumacher and Adrian Sutil. And he was defenceless against Jenson Button who came past on lap 18.

He had to nurse a braking problem late in the race which caused a spin at the final corner on the last lap. That allowed Felipe Massa through for eighth, Petrov crossing the line in ninth.

However he was encouraged by the progress the team had made with the car: “I think we?ve made a big step forward with the car, and you can see that I was in top ten contention for all of the race – and close to the Mercedes – so we need to keep working in this direction.

“Our strategy was good, however we lost out on our top speed which meant I found it very difficult to overtake. The car was very strong on the corners, and we were very good on the brakes until I had issues at the end.

“For the final laps I was driving differently to compensate for the brake concerns, but unfortunately I spun right at the end as I had totally lost my front brakes.”

Vitaly Petrov 2011 form guide

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Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

2011 Belgian Grand Prix in pictures

There was overtaking aplenty in today’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Look back at the race in pictures below.

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Vettel victorious in dramatic Spa race

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

Sebastian Vettel converted pole position number nine into win number seven at Spa-Francorchamps.

But it wasn’t a straightforward victory for the Red Bull driver who dropped back after an early pit stop.

Mark Webber bounced back from a poor started to finish second while Jenson Button fought his way up from 13th to third.

Rosberg takes the lead

Vettel held the lead at the start but it was Nico Rosberg, whose Mercedes was visibly smoking as the lights went out, who sprinted forward. He arrived at the first corner in second place, then nabbed the lead off Vettel at Les Combes.

Behind them the two Ferraris had also made excellent starts. Felipe Massa took third off Hamilton and Fernando Alonso also put the McLaren driver under pressure, despite being knocked wide at La Source by an incident behind him.

Alonso got past Hamilton on the second lap before DRS was activated, the McLaren clearly struggling for straight-line speed.

When DRS was activated, Vettel reeled in Rosberg and moved into the lead. But it was short-lived.

Red Bull had been concerned about the state of their tyres which had blistered in qualifying. Webber came in after four laps and Vettel one lap later.

Rosberg took the lead back for one lap before being passed by a series of drivers using DRS.

First came Alonso, who had passed team mate Massa at Rivage on the previous lap. Next was Hamilton, who had followed Alonso past Massa.

Alonso relinquished the lead after one lap, pitting and allowing Hamilton into first place. He came out ahead of Webber, but the Red Bull driver thrust past with a stunningly brave move as they hurtled side-by-side into Eau Rouge.

Hamilton crashes out

After two laps in the lead Hamilton came in for his pit stop. He came out in eighth place behind Kamui Kobayashi and Adrian Sutil.

He picked Sutil off with ease but his battle with Kobayashi ended with his second controversial collision of the weekend.

Hamilton passed Kobayashi, who was nursing a damaged front wing, and still had his DRS open as they headed towards Les Combes. Given that, he might not have expected the Sauber driver to attempt a pass on the way into the corner.

But Kobayashi had not dropped back fully, and as Hamilton moved towards the racing line they touched.

The contact fired Hamilton into the barrier at speed, destroying and advertising hoarding before coming to rest. Kobayashi continued, and the safety car was summoned as Hamilton climbed from the wreckage.

The safety car was good news for Vettel, who was able to get his second pit stop in while the cars were running at reduced speed. That put Alonso back in the lead of the race.

Webber did not make another stop and briefly held second, but once the safety car came in Vettel quickly passed his team mate. On the next lap he took Alonso again for the lead.

Button races to the podium

Jenson Button had picked up front wing damage early in the race which delayed his progress from 13th on the grid. But once the safety car came in he made rapid progress.

Button passed Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg for fourth place. He kept the leaders within range so that when Vettel pitted, he came out behind Button.

The McLaren was never going to keep the Red Bull behind, however, and Vettel was quickly through into the lead.

Button joined Alonso and Webber in making a final pit stop. Now on medium tyres, Alonso struggled for pace and first Webber then Button came past him.

Would Red Bull order their drivers to hold position? It turned out to be a moot point, as Webber wasn’t able to catch Vettel.

Schumacher’s brilliant recovery

While Button was passing Alonso for third, Rosberg was under attack from his team mate. Remarkably, Schumacher had climbed from 24th on the grid to pass his team mate for fifth.

Sutil was seventh ahead of Massa, whose race was spoiled by a puncture which forced him to make an extra pit stop. He started the last lap in ninth, but gained a place from Vitaly Petrov who slowed on the final lap.

Pastor Maldonado claimed the final point for Williams – the first of his F1 career.

Paul di Resta was 11th, having lost part of his front wing at the first corner when he was hit by Timo Glock. Behind him was Kobayashi.

Senna penalised for crash

Bruno Senna finished his first race for Renault in 13th, having made the same mistake as Glock on the first lap and also been handed a drive-through penalty.

Senna braked too late and hit Jaime Alguersuari, putting the Toro Rosso driver out.

The other Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi was also taken out after being hit by Sergio Perez.

Jarno Trulli led the two Lotuses home, Heikki Kovalainen having fallen victim to Glock’s first-corner lunge.

Rubens Barrichello fell to 16th after hitting Kobayashi at the chicane late in the race.

Behind him were the Virgins of Jerome d’Ambrosio and Timo Glock, with Vitantonio Liuzzi the last runner.

Team mate Daniel Ricciardo retired havingrun as high as 15th.

Vettel’s latest victory means he has accrued more points in 12 races in 2011 than he did in the whole of 2010.

Although it will take him a few more races to put the title beyond doubt, Red Bull’s perfect result at a track which has not favoured them in the past makes the destiny of the championships all but inevitable.

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

2011 Belgian Grand Prix championship points

Drivers’ championship

Position Driver Points
1 Sebastian Vettel 259
2 Mark Webber 167
3 Fernando Alonso 157
4 Jenson Button 149
5 Lewis Hamilton 146
6 Felipe Massa 74
7 Nico Rosberg 56
8 Michael Schumacher 42
9 Vitaly Petrov 34
10 Nick Heidfeld 34
11 Kamui Kobayashi 27
12 Adrian Sutil 24
13 Sebastien Buemi 12
14 Jaime Alguersuari 10
15 Sergio Perez 8
16 Paul di Resta 8
17 Rubens Barrichello 4
18 Pastor Maldonado 1
19 Pedro de la Rosa 0
20 Jarno Trulli 0
21 Vitantonio Liuzzi 0
22 Bruno Senna 0
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio 0
24 Heikki Kovalainen 0
25 Timo Glock 0
26 Narain Karthikeyan 0
27 Daniel Ricciardo 0
28 Karun Chandhok 0

Constructors’ championship

Position Team Points
1 Red Bull 426
2 McLaren 295
3 Ferrari 231
4 Mercedes 98
5 Renault 68
6 Sauber 35
7 Force India 32
8 Toro Rosso 22
9 Williams 5
10 Lotus 0
11 HRT 0
12 Virgin 0

Detailed breakdown of the championship standings so far: 2011 F1 statistics: Championship points

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Start, Spa-Francorchamps, 2011

2011 Belgian Grand Prix result

Pos # Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Reason
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 44
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 44 3.741 3.741
3 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 44 9.669 5.928
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 44 13.022 3.353
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 44 47.464 34.442
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 44 48.674 1.210
7 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 44 59.713 11.039
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 44 66.076 6.363
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 44 71.917 5.841
10 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 44 77.615 5.698
11 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 44 83.994 6.379
12 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 44 91.976 7.982
13 9 Bruno Senna Renault 44 92.985 1.009
14 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 43 1 lap 1 lap
15 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 43 1 lap 6.783
16 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 43 1 lap 0.038
17 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 43 1 lap 50.033
18 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 43 1 lap 1.701
19 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 43 1 lap 38.977
Not classified
17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 27 17 laps 16 laps Rear axle
22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 13 31 laps 14 laps Transmission
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 12 32 laps 1 lap Accident
18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6 38 laps 6 laps Accident
19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 44 laps 6 laps Accident

2011 Belgian Grand Prix

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