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    • 2011 Formula 1 Belguim GP Mercedes GP Race Report: Vettel Wins, Mercedes GP finish Strong with 5th and 6th Place

      The Belgium GP has always thrilled everyone and this years race solidifies that notion. From Senna's crash at the beginning to Schumacher starting last and finishing 5th. Mercedes GP started strong with Rosberg moving from 5th place to overtake Vettel and take 1st place at the end of Spa's straight away and last place Schumacher finished the first lap in 15th place. Like every race though, Mercedes GP began to lose it's overall race pace to Redbull and Mclaren and saw Rosberg fall to 5th place. With 3 laps left, Michael Schumacher with soft tires and DRS stormed past Rosberg on the harder compound on the straight away to claim 5th place.

      With Vettel winning Spa, extended his championship lead to 92 points ahead of Webber who finished the race in second place. Webber displayed his outstanding racing abilities when was wheel to wheel with Alonso on the Eau Rouge uphill corner and passing him. Button finished third from 19th place on lap 2, after having to stop for a new wing when debris from Senna's crash struck his car damaging his wing and taking his right mirror, inches from his head. Button stormed the pack with his best move coming against Massa, when he passed him on the outside of the chicane. His teammate Hamilton saw his hopes for chasing the title blow right by him after crashing out following his contact with Kobayashi.

      Alonso, who started 8th finished in 4th place. Adrian Sutil had a quiet race finished 7th and Massa recovered from a puncture on lap 8 to claim 8th spot. Petrov and Maldonado round up the top 10.

      Michael Schumacher:

      Nico Rosberg:

      Ross Brawn:

      Norbert Haug:


      Full Race Results:

      Belgian Grand Prix 2011





      This article was originally published in forum thread: 2011 Formula 1 Belguim Grand Prix: Mercedes GP Preview started by Scourge82 View original post
      Comments 12 Comments
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        I missed the first part of the race because of work. I finally saw the highlights, holy crap Button was lucky at the start to only loss his right mirror, 2 more inches and he might not have been around to talk about it.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
        I missed the first part of the race because of work. I finally saw the highlights, holy crap Button was lucky at the start to only loss his right mirror, 2 more inches and he might not have been around to talk about it.
        Any vid of what happened?
      1. Scourge82's Avatar
        Scourge82 -
        I wish I could, all videos are blocked here at work. Hopefully someone else can.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scourge82 Click here to enlarge
        I wish I could, all videos are blocked here at work. Hopefully someone else can.
        I can't seem to find one.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Any vid of what happened?
        Bruno Senna loses his front wing, and Button's car catches the debris after la Source

      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Some of Button's overtaking yesterday. Epic.

      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Superb race it was.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Bruno Senna loses his front wing, and Button's car catches the debris after la Source

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJeqKCoO6IU
        Thanks.
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I can't seem to find one.
        Don't think for a minute that Weber could have made that stick without ALOT of help from Alonso. Weber caught him off guard and got his nose in there and made Alonso let him by. I'd give most of the credit to Alonso for that pass. Great race nonetheless. Too bad Hamilton got taken out (hard) by a crappy backmarker.
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        On a separate note...I'm really beginning to hate the DRS this season. It's really skewing the results and totally unfair in my opinion.