Sunday, August 28, 2011

The 2011 Formula 1 Shell Belgian Grand Prix Preview

The Circuit de Spa- Francorchamps is one of the most challenging race tracks in the world, Spa is a favorite circuit of many racing professionals and fans. On August 28th, the Formula one drivers rocket into Circuit de Spa- Francorchamps to start race 12 out of 19 on there season schedule.
Friday August 26th , the formula one drivers did two practice sessions. Both the morning and afternoon sessions were interrupted by rain. Michael Schumacher was the fastest in practice #1. Nico Rosberg was 2nd fastest, Jenson Button was 3rd, Sebastian Vettel was 4th and Lewis Hamilton was 5th fastest. In practice #2: Mark Webber was the fastest, Fernando Alonso was second fastest, Jenson Button was 3rd, Lewis Hamilton was 4th and Felipe Massa was 5th fastest. Saturday morning, the formula one drivers completed a 3rd practice and qualified for Sundays race. Red Bull racing professional Marker Webber was the fastest in practice #3. Mclaren-Mercedes racing professional Lewis Hamilton was second fastest. James Alguersuari was third, Jenson Button was 4th and Sebastian Vettel was 5th fastest. In qualifying: Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel held off Lewis Hamilton's McLaren in rainy weather in Saturday's qualifying to snatch the pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.
35 year old Australian Formula one driver, Mark Webber ended months of speculation about his future on August 27th. Red Bull Racing confirmed that Webber will stay at the team in 2012.The pairing of Mark Webber and his teammate Sebastian Vettel is a very strong one. They push each other hard, so both of them can do great in each race.
This weekend, 7 time world champion Michael Schumacher celebrates 20 years of Formula One racing. Unfortunately during Saturday’s qualifying session, the right- rear wheel detached itself from the car, sending Schumacher into the wall. Michael was granted a Mercedes request to be allowed to start Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix despite not having set a qualifying time and the 42-year-old German will line up last on the starting grid.
Pastor Maldonado has been given a five-place grid penalty after his collision with Lewis Hamilton at the end of Q2 in Spa, Pastor will drop from 16th to 21st. Maldonado appeared to swerve into Hamilton in retaliation for a bump at the chicane a little earlier. Both drivers were charged with causing a collision.
So who has the best chance at winning Sunday morning? 2010 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel has the best chance at taking the checkered flag. He is on the pole for the race and now the 24 year old has enough confidence and he has enough talent to get the win Sunday morning and snatch his second world championship at the end of the season.
Race fans: Make sure you tune into the SPEED channel at 7:30am ET for the Formula One Race: Grand Prix of Belgium. If you miss the race at 7:30am, then tune into SPEED at 3:30pm ET to see a replay of the race. The Formula One Racing season is getting exciting, so you don’t want to miss this race!
                To see the complete results of practice 1, click on the link below

               To see the complete results of practice 2, click on the link below

              To see the complete results of practice 3, click on the link below

                 To see the complete results of qualifying , click on the link below

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