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The 2010 Belgian Grand Prix was the 13th race of the 2010 Formula One Season and won by Lewis Hamilton in drizzly conditions. It was seen by many as a turning point in the season, as championship contenders Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button all failed to score. It was also veteran Rubens Barrichello's 300th race.

Practice OverviewEdit

The first practice session was held under drizzly conditions, with no driver being able to post a sub-2 minute lap. With 35 minutes to go, the rain intensified, however drivers re-emerged onto the track with minutes to go to get vital track time.

The second session was rain-free, although the clouds were ominous. Shortly into the session, Timo Glock slid into the barrier ending his session abruptly. He was not the only driver to fall victim to Spa, as Vitantonio Liuzzi ran wide into the gravel and tapped the barriers. The deeper into the session, the more representative the times became, however the session was abruptly stopped as it was reported spectators had jumped the fence and situated themselves in a dangerous position. Practice 2 restarted with just over 3 minutes remaining, with all 24 cars lined in the pit-lane. The final practice was dry for a short period, until rain stopped any chance of realistic running.

Practice ResultsEdit

DriverTeamFP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes2:02.91361:49.75571:46.3974
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton2:01.56721:49.24831:46.2232
Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes2:03.489101:50.341121:47.69514
Germany Nico Rosberg2:03.654131:50.382131:47.83715
Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault2:02.45041:49.68961:46.3963
Australia Mark Webber2:02.92671:51.636181:46.1061
Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari2:03.601111:49.58851:46.9627
Spain Fernando Alonso2:00.79711:49.03211:46.4926
Brazil Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth2:03.42491:50.12891:47.51213
Germany Nico Hülkenberg2:03.649121:50.831151:47.1609
Poland Robert Kubica Renault2:02.08131:49.28241:46.4925
Russia Vitaly Petrov2:04.690171:50.251111:47.40612
Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes2:02.64651:49.15721:47.0648
Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi2:04.145151:51.520161:48.69218
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari2:05.680181:51.523171:47.90516
Spain Jaime Alguersuari2:04.690161:50.682141:47.98117
Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth2:07.189211:53.639201:50.60019
Finland Heikki Kovalainen2:07.955231:53.480191:51.38421
Japan Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth2:10.507241:56.039231:52.00123
Brazil Bruno Senna2:07.737221:55.751221:51.13320
Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth2:05.697192:03.179241:51.66923
Brazil Lucas di Grassi2:06.695201:54.325211:51.51722

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

As Q1 started under sunny skies, most drivers took to the track immediately in the hope of avoiding a freak rain shower. Despite the dry track, Vitaly Petrov caused red flags early on after spinning out of a corner and tapping the barriers. After the restart, the rain started again catching out many drivers, especially at turn 14 with 6 cars either spinning or running into the gravel simultaneously. With not long to go, both Sauber drivers crashed out meaning they failed to make it to Q2. This meant that Timo Glock and Heikki Kovalainen could make it into Q2, a rarity for the usual back-of-the-grid suspects.

Q2Edit

Dry Q2 weather meant less spins, however both Mercedes drivers failed to make it into Q3.

Q3Edit

All 10 drivers set dry times, however with three minutes to go, spots of rain were noticed in the first sector, with some predicting that there would be no changes to the provisional grid. This proved erroneous. Felipe Massa did not improve after running well wide and so did Fernando Alonso, who started 10th. Lewis Hamilton usurped Robert Kubica into second, but could not prevent Mark Webber in taking pole position.

Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Sébastien Buemi, Timo Glock and de la Rosa were all given grid penalties, some for previous race incidents.

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:57.352 1:47.253 1:45.778 1
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:56.706 1:46.211 1:45.863 2
3 Poland Robert Kubica Renault 1:56.041 1:47.320 1:46.100 3
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:58.487 1:47.245 1:46.127 4
5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.981 1:46.790 1:46.206 5
6 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:58.323 1:47.322 1:46.314 6
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:55.757 1:47.797 1:46.602 7
8 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:58.730 1:47.292 1:46.659 8
9 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:55.442 1:47.821 1:47.053 9
10 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:57.023 1:47.544 1:47.441 10
11 Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:56.313 1:47.874 21
12 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:54.826 1:47.885 14
13 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:58.944 1:48.267 11
14 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 2:01.102 1:48.680 12
15 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2:00.386 1:49.209 16
16 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 2:01.343 1:50.980 13
17 Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2:01.316 1:52.049 20
18 Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 2:01.491 15
19 Japan Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 2:02.284 17
20 Brazil Bruno Senna Hispania-Cosworth 2:03.612 18
21 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Hispania-Cosworth 2:03.941 19
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 2:05.294 24
23 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 2:18.754 22
24 Russia Vitaly Petrov Renault no time 23

RaceEdit

Webber made a poor start, with Hamilton taking the lead. Jenson Button contrastingly made a good start, but was held from taking second by Kubica. Button attempted an overtake into the chicane, but light rain meant he followed Hamilton off the track, as well as the rest of the top 5. This problem also led to the collision between Alonso and Rubens Barrichello, with the Brazilian rear-ending the Spaniard. Alonso was amazingly able to keep going, but Barrichello's 300th race ended in disappointment.

After a minor safety car period, Vitaly Petrov made good gains including an impressive overtake on Nico Rosberg. Rosberg was consequently slowed and there was contact between him and his Mercedes teammate. Schumacher overtook Rosberg but caught his compatriot's front wing in the process.

On lap 17, Vettel attempted an audacious move on Jenson Button, but ran off-line and lost grip. The German then spun and t-boned Button before they'd reached the chicane. Masses of steam emitting from Button's car meant he had to retire. Vettel got off with a drive-through penalty. A few laps later, he overtook Liuzzi into the chicane and although he got the move done, he clipped Liuzzi's front wing which resulted in a puncture.

On lap 35, flashes of lightning were visible, and shortly after leader Hamilton radioed in complaining about the rain, he ran wide into the gravel trap and kissed the barrier. Despite this, he kept the car rolling and rejoined the track damage-less. The majority of drivers pitted for intermediates, with Alonso almost side-swiping Vettel exiting his pit-box. Kubica overshot his box, meaning Webber could jump the Renault into second place. Shortly after a change of tyres, Alonso spun out of Les Combes and meant he had to retire. His car was perpendicular to the track, meaning the safety car was again required.

Hamilton was able to safely lead the race and take this important victory, closely followed by Mark Webber. Kubica rounded off the podium with Felipe Massa finishing fourth. Both Force India-Mercedes landed in the points, as well as the Mercedes', with Rosberg aggressively overtaking Schumacher on the last few laps. Vettel, with all of his off-track excursions finished 15th. Alguersuari would have been in the points, but was given a 20-second penalty which demoted him to 13th.

ResultsEdit

Pos Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 44 1:29:04.268 2 25
2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 44 +1.571 1 18
3 Poland Robert Kubica Renault 44 +3.493 3 15
4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 44 +8.264 6 12
5 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 44 +9.094 8 10
6 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 44 +12.359 14 8
7 Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 44 +15.548 21 6
8 Japan Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 44 +16.678 17 4
9 Russia Vitaly Petrov Renault 44 +23.851 23 2
10 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 44 +34.831 12 1
11 Spain Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 44 +36.019 24
12 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 +39.895 16
13 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 44 +49.457 11
14 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 9
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 43 +1 Lap 4
16 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 13
17 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 22
18 Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 20
19 Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 15
20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Hispania-Cosworth 42 +2 Laps 19
Ret Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 37 Accident 10
Ret United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 15 Collision 5
Ret Brazil Bruno Senna Hispania-Cosworth 5 Suspension 18
Ret Brazil Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 0 Collision 7

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

NotesEdit

V T E 2010 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin
Engines Mercedes | Renault | Ferrari | Cosworth
Race Drivers 1 Button | 2 Hamilton | 3 Schumacher | 4 Rosberg | 5 Vettel | 6 Webber | 7 Massa | 8 Alonso | 9 Barrichello | 10 Hülkenberg | 11 Kubica | 12 Petrov | 14 Sutil | 15 Liuzzi | 16 Buemi | 17 Alguersuari | 18 Trulli | 19 Kovalainen | 20 Chandhok | 20 Klien | 20/21 Yamamoto | 21 Senna | 22 de la Rosa | 22 Heidfeld | 23 Kobayashi | 24 Glock | 25 di Grassi
Other Drivers Paffett | Turvey | Bird | Hartley | Ricciardo | Coulthard | Fisichella | Badoer | Gené | Bianchi | Bottas | Stoneman | Maldonado | Tung | d'Ambrosio | Charouz | Aleshin | di Resta | Felix da Costa | Buurman | Vergne | Fauzy | González | Arabadzhiev | Valsecchi | Kral | Gutiérrez | Pérez | Soucek | Razia | Haryanto
Cars MP4-25 | MGP W01 | RB6 | F10 | FW32 | R30 | VJM03 | STR5 | T127 | F110 | C29 | VR-01
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Bahrain | Australia | Malaysia | China | Spain | Monaco | Turkey | Canada | Europe | Great Britain | Germany | Hungary | Belgium | Italy | Singapore | Japan | Korea | Brazil | Abu Dhabi
Team Reports McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin
Driver Reports Button | Hamilton | Schumacher | Rosberg | Vettel | Webber | Massa | Alonso | Barrichello | Hülkenberg | Kubica | Petrov | Sutil | Liuzzi | Buemi | Alguersuari | Trulli | Kovalainen | Chandhok | Klien | Yamamoto | Senna | de la Rosa | Heidfeld | Kobayashi | Glock | di Grassi
Tests Barcelona 1 | Valencia | Jerez 1 | Jerez 2 | Barcelona 2 | Vairano | Paul Ricard
See also 2009 Formula One Season | 2011 Formula One Season | Category
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Circuits Spa-Francorchamps (1950 - 1970, 1983, 1985 - Present), Nivelles (1972, 1974), Zolder (1973, 1975 - 1982, 1984)
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