Red Bull Back To Winning Ways




The start to the second half of the season, at the Belgian Grand Prix could not have been better for Red Bulls as they finished one-two. Sebastian Vettel has come back into the season, after a poor run in the last few races, with a rather comfortable win, followed by an ever-determined Mark Webber in second.

Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull back to winning ways

Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull back to winning ways

Lewis Hamilton who started from the second position on the grid, unfortunately met with a huge accident, crashing into the wall, to retire out of the race. It was not a very bad day for McLaren as their second car, driven by Jenson Button, starting from 13th at the start, took the last podium place to finish third. Lewis said, “I’m not really quite sure what happened – I hit the wall pretty hard. As far as I was concerned I was ahead of whoever I was racing and then I was hit by them. I think we were struggling, we were massively slow on the straights, I guess that’s why we were in that position. But we might at least have got a podium”. McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, perhaps equally unsurprisingly, believes that Lewis was the victim in the crash, whose race came to an end around a third of the way in the race, after a clash with Kamui Kobayashi.

Fernando Alonso ended fourth. He was looking impressive at the start as he displayed some great overtaking moves.  He was steadily climbed the charts from his eight position at start, was aiming at the last podium spot when he had to battle a fast McLaren in the last few laps. Button was lot faster than Fernando and on lap 42 out of 44 laps was out done by the McLaren.

Michael Schumacher too was in fight with his own team mate Nico Rosberg. Nico was radioed by his pit that Michael was gaining on him. It was basically an ok signal to race between the two. Michael was gaining ground and was looking to take the fifth spot from his team mate, which he did with two laps remaining. Nico was radioed that he would need to save fuel as it would not last till the end of the race.

Force India’s Adrain Sutil finished a respectable seventhwith Ferrari’s Felipe Massa ending up in eight. Petrov came in at nice with Maldonado in tenth for Renault. Paul Di Resta came in 11th for Force India with Kobaysi in 12th for Saubar.

The debutant Bruno Senna, who impressive in the qualifying, ended up 13thin the race. After the race, he admitted that he had never done the first corner with full fuel, and this caused him to misjudge the braking at the corner. He apologized to Alguesuari, who had to retire due to the crash between the two, but he was fortunate not to have any serious damage to his car. He said he had a good experience in both set of tyres and now he is looking forward for the next weekend at Monza.

Monza will be the home ground for the Italian team, Ferrari who will be looking to score a race win. They have shown promise and Fernando is driving well but they still not have been able to trouble the Red Bulls as successfully as the McLarens have.

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