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Suprising Spa – The Aftermath!

Posted by Mole on August 29, 2011 | No Comments

It’s fair to say that Spa Francorchamps caught out some of the big-named teams at some point during the Grand Prix weekend. However, positive results came out of the weekend for Renualt. Team boss Eric Boullier says he is definitely sure that Bruno Senna can score some good points, even after a hard debut for the Brazilian at the Belgian Grand Prix.  Senna, who qualified an impressive 7th, was penalised with a drive-through after a first-corner collision, and as a result, finished the race in 13th position. Boullier said to reporters “If he can deliver like he did this weekend in every race I think he will be good enough to bring points home.”

- Mercedes Grand Prix shocked F1 Fans at the Belgian Grand Prix, after their most decent first few laps of any race so far this season. Nico Rosberg, who qualified 4th, made a rapid start, even managing to overtake the Red Bull of Sebastien Vettel to take First, on the outside of Le Combes! But the good progress didn’t last too long, after early signs of tyre degrading on the Mercedes, which forced Rosberg to pit early, taking him out of the fight for the win. Rosberg, who eventually finished a respectful 6th, commented “I had a great start today and it was a special feeling to be leading the race in a Silver Arrow at this amazing circuit. It was great to see the traffic jam behind me with the Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari cars, but it was hard to realise that we just don’t have the pace to stay at the top”. He is now looking forward to be challenging at the Italian Grand Prix in 12 days time.

- Sauber’s Kamui Kobyashi is insistent that McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton was to blame for the incident which ended his race on Sunday. The collision, occured at Le Combes, after what seems to be a confusion of racing lines. Kobyashi was on the outside of the track, using KERS, whilst Hamilton was in his slip-stream, using KERS and DRS, allowing him to overtake. As he moved from behind the Sauber, into the centre of the track, he made his move, and attempted to move back in front of Kobyashi to the outside of the track, whilst approaching Le Combes. However, as he did so, the McLaren driver made contact with Kobyashi, sending him into the metal barrier, destroying the front end of the car with a rather harsh front- impact. McLaren’s Team Principal, Martin Whitmarsh, said that to avoid any incident between the pair, Kobyashi should have backed off, into the centre, allowing Hamilton, who was clearly faster, to pass. Whereas Sauber have an exact opposite opinion to the incident.

- McLaren team Boss, Martin Whitmarsh, says his teams tyre strategy for the Belgian Grand Prix, was the correct decision. After a heavy-duty qualifying session, Hamilton was forced to start the race using severely blistered tyres, as was Red Bull’s Mark Webber. McLaren were going to adjust the Camber settings to their car, to extend the life of the tyre, but decided it was not necessary, due to early pit-stop predictions, which did not go as planned because of an incident which left Hamilton retired from the race. Whitmarsh commented on the issue saying “We discussed it and our chassis and tyre engineers reviewed it, and we believed that a camber change in our situation was not going to assist the situation and we believed that it was going to be safe”.

- Latest reports have been made that the FIA is to use two seperate DRS zones at the Italian Grand Prix. According to Autosport, the two DRS zones, will lie as follows; the detection point for the first zone will be on the exit of the Parabolica, allowing the cars to use the boost on the start/finish straight. Whilst the detection zone for the second zone will be on the exit of the Second Lesmo Curve, up to the Ascari chicane.

Don’t forget to read our special report, titled ‘Red Bull – Blisteringly Quick…Literally!’ 

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