F1: Belgian Grand Prix in six words

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarSunday, September 7th, 2008

 
 

With a rain-hit finish and a controversial stewards’ decision, a lot of words will be written about this race. Save yourself the work of reading them with our six-word guide to every team and driver.

Overall race report

Stewards render track action utterly irrelevant

Drivers

1. Felipe Massa
Played it safe, reaped unexpected reward
2. Nick Heidfeld
Intelligent tyre gamble paid off handsomely
3. Lewis Hamilton
Must wonder why he showed up
4. Fernando Alonso
Cashed in sound weekend for points
5. Sebastian Vettel
Lost podium in last few meters
6. Robert Kubica
Quieter weekend than team-mate, unusually
7. Sebastien Bourdais
Raced well, but still kicking himself
8. Mark Webber
Aggressive strategy rewarded, despite Kovalainen knock
9. Timo Glock
Overtook under yellow and lost point
10. Heikki Kovalainen
Not a top driver’s performance, alas
11. David Coulthard
His tyre switch came too late
12. Nico Rosberg
Got most available in forgettable performance
13. Adrian Sutil
Had fun, made dry tyres work
14. Kazuki Nakajima
Couldn’t make one-stop strategy work
15. Jenson Button
Endless list of problems with car
16. Jarno Trulli
Starting heroics negated by Bourdais shunt
17. Giancarlo Fisichella
Early shunt wrecked his race hopes
DNF: Kimi Raikkonen
Waved goodbye to his world title
DNF: Rubens Barrichello
Retirement was the safe, sensible option
DNF: Nelson A Piquet
Some gambles you win – he lost

Teams

1. Ferrari
Emerged smelling of roses once again
2. McLaren
Need patience of saint after this…
3. BMW
Made up ground in constructors’ battle
4. Toyota
Recent momentum came to abrupt halt
5. Renault
Alonso impressed, Piquet’s gamble was silly
6. Red Bull
Never front-runners, lucked into point
7. Williams
Just a dull, uninspiring race performance
8. Toro Rosso
Ran like an upper-midfield team
9. Honda
Sent drivers out in wheelie-bins
10. Force India
They’re improving but never see results

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