No doubt Vandoorne is gunning for victory this weekend, it’s quite rare for a Belgian to win anything on Spa (except for some local Belgian touring car championships). In fact never in history has a Belgian driver won the Belgian GP, not in the old Grand Prix days nor in Formula one. Given Vandoornes clear talent it makes me dream to hear the Brabançonne on the podium of an F1 weekend (even for this Flemish nationalist)
Race 1: 1)Magnussen 2)Da Costa 3)Melker 4)Pic 5)Sorensen 6)Martsenko 7)Negrao 8)Move 9)Jaafar 10)Huertas
Vandoorne must have had a terrible day on his home track: qualified 13th, via live timing I saw him drop to 20th in the first lap, to climb back to finish 13th.
Magnussen is so great. Future F1 champ for sure
I wouldn’t be so quick to jump to that conclusion. He’s quick, sure, and he’s running away with it when everyone expected Antonio Felix da Costa to be the man to beat, but it has been well-documented that Formula 1 is at an entirely new level.
I think the most that can be said of any driver who experiences Magnussen’s level of success is that he is ready for Formula 1 – but predicting that he will be World Champion is taking things a little too far.
Not a bad race, but I thought the TV coverage was rather disappointing. Somehow they managed to completely miss a first-lap pile-up at Eau Rouge that took 4 cars out, only cutting to it once the drivers had vacated their cars. No replays were forthcoming at all. They also cut away from Jaafar and Sainz just before they collided, despite it being pretty clear Jaafar was about to have a lunge down the inside, and again there were no replays.
I can understand them wanting to follow the leaders in case something happens, but when major events in the race manage to slip under the radar, there’s a bit of a problem!
Good to see Stockinger have a good run, even if he wasn’t able to convert it into a top 10 result as he should have done. Did anyone pick up what the problem was with his pit stop? (The commentary I had was in Russian…)