Raikkonen takes Spa win from Fisichella

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen won the Belgian Grand Prix beating Force India’s  Giancarlo Fisichella into second place. The pair were never more than 1.1 seconds apart at any stage in the race. Sebastian Vettel finished third after starting in 8th position and passing Robert Kubica on second pit stop.

The start of the race saw a crash at Les Combes and a safety car. Grosjean collided with Button, while Hamilton did it with Alguesuari.

Crash

Button got very lucky that even after getting no point from the race, the difference to his championship lead was minimal. Barrichello finished seventh while Webber finished outside points. Vettel is now 19 points behind Button.

Force India snatches pole out of blue at Spa

An amazing qualifying session and what a grid for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.

As ITV says, “Giancarlo Fisichella pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Formula 1 history by putting minnows Force India on pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.” And BBC says, “Why not abandon qualifying for next year and simply pull the grid line-up out of a hat. I reckon there’d be no difference to today! Unbelievable!”.

The second in the grid will be Jarno Trulli of Toyota and third Nick Heidfeld of BMW. Quite a grid! Barrichello, Kubica and Raikkoned will follow the first three on the grid.

And Button, Hamilton and Alonso didn’t even qualify for Q3. Badoer had second horrible weekend in a row and will struggle to keep his place in Ferrari at Monza.

Looking back: Some classic Belgian GPs

1991

Schumacher emerged as a genuine potential star after his sensational qualifying performance. His race came to an early end after he burnt out the clutch at the start.

1995

One the most impressive drives of Schumacher’s career – holding off Hill for over a lap whilst on dry tyres on a wet track.

1998

One of the first races which i saw and with no less action than 13 of the 22 cars were damaged on the run down to Eau Rouge at the start and a red flag.

2000

Awesome race by Mika Hakkinen. Widely regarded as his greatest victory. Hakkinen double pass of Schumacher and Ricardo Zonta is one the best passes i have ever scene.

2007

Kimi holds the baton from Schumacher to become King of Spa.  He won this race for third time in a row and now in Ferrari .

Humour: Raikkonen and his cap

Raikkonen’s is wearing his cap unusually low this year. A few photoshopped images i found on web!

Kimi comes to workLuca is shocked

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save him from mosley

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F1 is entertainment, Olympics is entertainment?

Motorsport world doesn’t quite like the idea of Indian sports ministry of dismissing F1 as an entertainment and not a sport.

Here’s the view of people related to motorsport:

Karun Chandhok, GP2 driver

“At the end of the day, F1 is a sport. I don’t understand how it’s called entertainment. By that logic, even the Olympics are entertainment,”

“Unfortunately in India, if it’s not cricket and it’s not an Olympic sport then it’s classified as a non-sport. Formula One is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It’s sad that our ministers and officials don’t think so,” he added.

Rajan Syal, chief executive of the FMSCI

“We’ve taken a stand of not commenting on the issue till we talk to officials in the ministry ourselves. FMSCI is recognized by the ministry and is also a member of the International Olympic Association. For me, this seems like a non-issue and pertains only to the remittances required for the project,”

Sanjay Sharma, head of motorsports JK Tyres

“This sport has always been patronized by the government. In the 1980s, in the Himalayan Rally, some of the world’s top teams participated and the President used to flag off the rally. The FMSCI is recognized by the government. So what exactly is the issue at hand is a bit unclear,”

Formula One is not a sport?

Thats what Indian ministry thinks of F1. It is entertainment.

The ministry of sports in January 2009 wrote to JPSK Sports, the promoters of Formula One in the country, that their request for getting approval for remittance of $36.5 million to be paid to Formula One Administration for holding an F1 race in India had been rejected on the grounds that “it (the race) would have no impact on the development of sports in the country”.

“F1 is not purely sports. It is entertainment and this venture by JKSP is a commercial initiative,” said a ministry source. In fact, the letter states that F1 will not have an impact on Indian sports “in terms of either participation, broad-basing or promotion of excellence”.

“The proposed F1 race does not satisfy conditions which focus on human endeavour for excelling in competition with others, keeping in view the whole sports movement from Olympics downwards,” said the source.

Ministry thinks that this money can be spent on development of disciplines which have a wider base in the country.

Does that make holding F1 in India tougher? No says Sameer Gaur, MD, JPSK Sports.

“Yes, we went to the ministry seeking government concessions. If need be, we will go again. We are 200 per cent committed to the F1 race in India. We are building a motor car racing track capable of holding an F1 race. It could be used for other purposes too, like a motorbike race. We have an obligation to the UP govt,”

“We got the land three-four months ago and we are getting ready for 2011. In fact, sports ministry is not the nodal agency for the F1 race.

But as I said, if need be we will go to Dr M S Gill with a request again. F1 race will have a lot of spin-offs as far as the tourism industry is concerned. It’s good for the country,”

Source: TOI

Rubens wins European Grand Prix

Rubens_valRubens Barrichello took his first victory today at Valencia after Chinese GP in 2004. Brazilian dedicated his victory in the European Grand Prix in Valencia this weekend to his injured countryman Felipe Massa. Last December, Rubens was not certain to get a seat in a F1 car but now he has shot himself into a contention for WDC. The victory is down to the team’s strategy and his drive and determination during the whole weekend. Most of the teams came out of their garages to applaud him!

Lewis Hamilton is second in the race and continues excellent pace Mclaren have discovered recently. His cruise for the first place was not helped by Mclaren decision. Hamilton was meant to come in on lap 37 but Mclaren wanted to extend him to 38. But this decision came a couple of seconds too late, the time during which Hamilton entered the pitlane. In the process tyres were not ready and hence at least 6 seconds were lost.

Kimi Raikkonen stood third in the race. The KERS power boost at the start saw Kimi move immediately up two places to fourth.

Kovalainen, Rosberg, Alonso, Button and Kubica finished in points in that order only.

Red Bull had an awful day at office with Webber finishing in 9th while Vettel DNF due to engine failure. Another person with an awful weekend was Luca Badoer. He finished seventeenth after several spins.

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