Kimi Raikkonen finished the race for the Belgian Grand Prix in fourth place after having to serve a ten-second stop & go penalty during the race for disregarding the yellow flags. The Finn remained the last Ferrari winner in the Ardennes even after today's race, as Sebastian Vettl failed to beat Lewis Hamilton, but he did not find the right speed after the difficult qualifications in the race. The British victory in the Mercedes was expected, as the silver race cars were too strong for the Maranello team on the many-plane tracks this year. Raikkonen predicted a good result in free practice, but after a mistake in the qualifiers, he started the race in fourth place and finished it there. The Iceman shone in the last part of the race when he fell to seventh place after serving his sentence and from there then with some of
The teams chose tires for the first race after the summer break in Belgium. The leading team in the World Championship decided on the fewest sets of super soft tires of all on the starting line, which experts described as a more conservative selection. Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will be able to use four sets of super soft tires during the weekend at Spa-Franchorchamps, while the closest followers will have six (Red Bull) or seven (Ferrari). Mercedes is also one of the teams that does not have the same strategy for both racers. So they decided at Haas.
Toro Rosso racer Carlos Sainz resigned in the last race in Belgium due to a malfunction of Renault's powertrain. This engine will now be replaced for the upcoming race at Monza, but this will cost Sainza a 10-point mark-up on the starting line. The Spaniard remains optimistic: "I'm positive despite the ten-point mark-up. I want to get all those places back in the race." It is worth mentioning that Sainz resigned in as many as four races in a row due to technical problems. He was last among the points in May at the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.
At Lotus, they have faced short-term obligations to this day, but today it is finally clear that they are going to Monza. The owners of the team, a financial holding company, are awaiting Renault’s confirmation of a potential takeover. Renault intends to buy most of the bonds, as they want to return to Formula 1 as a factory team. At Renault, at least in terms of finances, not everything is clear. Given what is happening to the French in the takeover, the owners, the investors in the Enston team, have decided to stop investing at the moment. This meant that many bills remained unsettled. Even Bernie Ecclestone told The Times he helped pay off the team: "I want to help the people who work. I hope they find a common language with Renault soon to fix the situation." It was getting complicated even before the Hungarian
The Italian racing weekend is coming, which Renault is entering with great confidence. Namely, after a good Belgian race, where Daniil Kvyat was just behind Grosjean with Lotus very close to the Mercedes racers, they are hoping for new success here. In Belgium, for the first time this year, a car with a Renault engine finished ahead of both Ferraris in fourth place. At Renault, they want to keep this moment and continue it at Monza, where Renault's director of operations Remi Taffin says: "The Belgian race was very positive for us. The use of the engine was better than we expected and above all better than at other fast races. We have improved as the engine works well and we hope to continue our form from Belgium in Monza, where all the racers will use our last
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his sixth win of the year at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, gaining perhaps a decisive advantage over teammate and title contender, Nico Rosberg, who squandered his chances of winning with a poor start. The Briton led by 21 points ahead of the race, but when the race began in the Belgian Ardennes, the German standing next to him messed up and lost a few places. He was overtaken by Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel. The Mercedes racer took sixth place from the first corner. Hamilton drove a little too wide on the way out of Raidillon and allowed Perez to attack. The Mexican even came in front of the Mercedes driver on the plane, but he drove inside and stayed in Les Combes
At the fourteenth race of this year's MXGP season, motocross rider Klemen Gerčar once again showed that hard work pays off. He finished both races in eighteenth place and thus won six new points, now he has 17 on his account and is in 32nd place in the overall scoring. The race in Belgium, where MXGP racers gathered on a sandy track, was very challenging. After the race in the Czech Republic, Klemen contracted food poisoning, which severely weakened him and he could not train for a few days, so he went to Belgium quite physically weak. But the stubbornness and training before the start of the season paid off for him. “If I think I was physically quite exhausted, then I can be very happy with the six points. But a lot of training on the beach before the season paid off this way, as both runs were extremely n
We all remember the problem with high curbs and the “summer” of race cars over them. Probably many people remember the GP3 series car, which not only flew over the curbs, but also caught fire after overturning: [vsw id = "VQX-6riAxQ4" source = "youtube" width = "600" height = "400" autoplay = "yes"] Well, in Spa-Francorchamps, they didn't learn anything from the Terescchenko accident from the GP3 series and set up many curbs in the famous Eau Rouge (or Raidillon) to slow down off-piste driving. It all points to a catastrophe, but let’s wait until the race weekend, or until some crisis meeting where they’ll agree to remove that.
Nico Rosberg and his wife Vivian are looking forward to it. Namely, Vivian is already in the fourth month of pregnancy, and a baby girl is expected. Nico is, of course, very happy and excited about this: "On the ultrasound, I'm watching a human being grow, amazing." The girl is expected to cry to the world sometime in August, perhaps even on the weekend of the Belgian Grand Prix. How this will affect Nice we can't know, but he had tests in Barcelona according to his verbal descriptions: "nerve problems." Will he have them in Belgium and beyond? Well yes, but some become even faster and more determined after the baby, we’ll see! In any case, we have been congratulating the couple, who have been married for more than ten years, and have been married for a year.
American Alexander Rossi is expected to compete for the first time at the Formula One racing weekend at Marussia in Austin. Rossi has been knocking on the door of the teams for quite some time to get a chance after three years as a reserve racer for the teams Caterham and Marussia, but without success. Alex left Caterham in July and came to Marussio, where he is expected to get a chance to perform in several trainings at the Belgian Grand Prix. There was also the possibility of appearing at the race in Spa due to the financial problems of Max Chilton and his sponsors. The team has already announced Rossi for the Belgian Grand Prix alongside Jules Bianchi, but Chilton has legally managed to get Rossi to perform only in training. Rossi got the next opportunity at the Russian Grand Prix, after Bianchi’s accident in Japan. Rossi was in prep