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GP Week : Issue 27
Team-By-Team:Belgian Grand A tricky start for Ferrari. The duo were quickest on Friday morning, but on the damp afternoon track had a little less luck. While Massa found himself second, Raikkonen found himself spinning backwards into the barriers, dislodging his rear wing and costing him time. But there seemed little doubt that Ferrari was the in-form team and the one to beat going into qualifying. Second and BMW really seemed to struggle on Friday as Kubica and Heidfled scrabbled around trying to find grip. They didn’t find much and wound up somewhere between 10th and 12th. It was nowhere near the level the team had been expecting and a difficult weekend looked to be in the offing. Having been told to pull his finger out, Heidfeld did just that in qualifying for a Yet another team with contrasting fortunes, Renault spent their first day in Belgium evaluating tyre compounds on the cold and slippery track. While their morning performances were relatively closely matched, their afternoon showing was not as Alonso topped the session and Piquet spun down to 19th. Qualifying again didn’t quite work out for Piquet, although he has at least got over Williams had brought new developments to Spa for the FW30 and after a good solid day of testing on Friday were confident that the additions would help move them up the grid. The team really struggled in the second sector of the track and despite Rosberg setting some top 10 pace, it was clear the weekend would be a problem. Nakajima went out early on in Q1, while Rosberg made it through to Q2 but made Mark Webber had a pretty rough first day. Sixth in the morning was a great start, but an off in the afternoon left him plum last and rueing his mistakes. Coulthard just sort of plodded along outside the top 10, not really making much noise and without much fanfare. The pace was clearly in the car, though, and after the frustrations of Valencia Webber was able to position 30 fourth, then, was not quite what the team had been hoping for. All they could hope for was that McLaren was running light. Their rivals were running light, but not as light as many had assumed. Still, Hamilton’s error on lap two gifted Raikkonen the lead and set up the battle which would see the Briton penalised and the Finn crash out, leaving a very happy Massa to take the win. rare out-performance of Kubica, to sit fifth with the Pole eighth. The race should have been fairly low key for the team, as they didn’t appear to have the pace to compete, but Heidfeld’s inspired choice to change to inters left him second after the penalties, with Kubica sixth. All in all a great result from what had appeared to be a tough weekend at the outset. his inability of getting out of Q1. He lined up 12th, while Alonso nailed his car to sixth. Piquet opted for a one-stop strategy in the race and fell like a stone over the opening laps. He eventually called it a day with a shunt on lap 15. Alonso was in sparkling form, and with a last minute change onto intermediate tyres maintained the fourth place he had held all afternoon. little impression in that session. They lined up 15th and 19th. The team wasn’t expecting much from the race, and described its progress as “modest.” With both drivers on a one- stop strategy, it was always going to take something bizarre in the race to pay off, and it never came. Both changed onto wet tyres at the end but it made little real difference to the result. himself firmly in the top 10 in qualifying. Coulthard took 14th. He had a dismal afternoon on a one- stop strategy and tugged around near the back all day. Webber was in the thick of the action and was tagged by a flying Kovalainen. That set him back, but he recovered well and eventually took the final point of the afternoon in eighth position.