• Belgian Grand Prix

Driver-by-driver run down

Fraser Masefield and Chris Medland
August 28, 2011
Red Bull left Spa-Francorchamps the happiest after a one-two © Getty Images
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Sebastian Vettel - 1st Briefly lost out to Nico Rosberg's charging Mercedes at the start before re-passing and building a lead before early stop for another set of soft tyres. Complained of blistering on front left tyre before taking advantage of safety car incident to pit again and re-take the lead by the half way mark and build a race winning gap. After a final stop for hard tyres, easily able to re-pass Webber and Button for victory.

Mark Webber - 2nd Great recovery from a poor start to finish second. Dropped to eighth from third on the grid on the opening lap after getting bogged down and forced into an early stop on rapidly graining soft tyres. Then enjoyed much better grip on the option tyre to regain track position and enjoyed a good battle with Fernando Alonso for the remainder of the race including a brave overtake into Eau Rouge. Eased past the Ferrari with eight laps remaining.

Jenson Button - 3rd Admitted afterwards that he could have won the race but for his misunderstanding during qualifying that left him starting from 13th on the grid. Forced to pit for a new nose cone on lap five after hitting Adrian Sutil but then stormed back through the field on an effective three stop strategy as his tyres came to him in the latter stages of the race.

Fernando Alonso - 4th Made a good start from fourth on the grid, passing Lewis Hamilton into les Combes and passed Rosberg for the lead on lap 7. Then enjoyed an entertaining battle with Mark Webber towards the end of the race but could not hold off the charging Australian on his final set of hard compound tyres.

Michael Schumacher - 5th A fitting drive on the 20th anniversary of his grand prix debut for the six time winner at his beloved Spa-Francorchamps. Started from the back of the grid after his wheel detached on his qualifying out lap but then stormed through the field after gambling to start on the harder compound. Described it as a 'special day'.

Nico Rosberg - 6th Employed a two stop strategy to Schumacher's three but finished worse off for once. Made the best start of the race, charging from fifth on the grid and into the lead past Vettel into Les Combes. Pitted from P3 for soft tyres but went backwards from there, being passed by Button, Alonso and Schumacher.

Adrian Sutil - 7th Happy with his seventh place finish after starting from P15. Made up a couple of places after pitting under the safety car and came out in sixth. Lost one more place to a flying Michael Schumacher before the finish.

Felipe Massa - 8th Was in the fight for the top places during the early stages of the race but then struggled with the balance of his car due to tyre graining. Improved the situation after a switch to medium tyres and a front wing adjustment but a left rear puncture meant for another unscheduled stop and he was unable to find a way past Rosberg and Sutil.

Vitaly Petrov - 9th Stayed out of trouble during the first corner melee and was in top ten contention throughout the duration of the race. Employed a two stop strategy which was good enough to finish comfortably ahead of Pastor Maldonado's Williams.

Pastor Maldonado - 10th Became the only the second Venezuelan to score a point in Formula One having started from 21st on the grid after his five place grid penalty. Lucky to avoid damaging his front wing amidst the first corner carnage but then drove a consistent race to the finish.

Paul di Resta - 11th Unfortunate to get tangled up in the first corner drama and was hit hard by Timo Glock's Virgin, damaging his floor and front wing. Lost time after struggling with understeer before pitting for repairs resulting in team priority being given to Sutil. Would surely have finished higher but for the incident.

Kamui Kobayashi - 12th Made a good start but then involved with a controversial collision with Lewis Hamilton. Was passed by Hamilton for fourth place and tried to regain position on the approach to Les Combes when the pair collided, sending Hamilton out. Although able to continue before pitting, was unable to make back the time on his two stop strategy.

Lewis Hamilton saw his race end after hitting the barrier © Getty Images
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Bruno Senna - 13th After such an impressive performance on Saturday, his race was as good as over in turn one when he massively misjudged his braking point and drove in to the side of Alguersuari. Forgivable in his first race of the season, perhaps, but an opportunity to impress clearly missed.

Jarno Trulli - 14th A good performance to beat Kovalainen after the pair came together, especially seeing as he had to revert to the previous power steering specification that he has previously struggled with. Despite a damaged floor he was able to maximise the result, which isn't always the case for Lotus.

Heikki Kovalainen - 15th The first corner collision involving his team-mate forced him to pit for a new front wing and put him on the back foot, but still managed to close the gap to within seven seconds by the end with a solid, error-free drive.

Rubens Barrichello - 16th Was delivering a solid performance in a quicker than expected car that looked set for points, until a scrap with Rosberg before a pit stop dropped him to the back of a tight midfield, and then a misjudgment trying to go round the outside of Kobayashi damaged his front wing and forced him to pit late on.

Jerome D'Ambrosio - 17th Keeping himself out of trouble proved crucial and allowed him to beat team-mate Glock in his home grand prix, although he did almost lose the place right at the end as he struggled to judge his pace when trying to save fuel.

Timo Glock - 18th Compromised his race in turn one when he ran in to the side of di Resta, earning a drive through penalty. He also needed a new front wing, but was able to take advantage of the safety car to beat Liuzzi.

Tonio Liuzzi - 19th Made what is becoming a traditional strong start, and ran well in the first stint before the safety car. As the race unfolded, so did the HRT's lack of pace and he was ultimately beaten by the recovering Glock.

Sergio Perez - DNF - Axle Had a strong start from his top 10 grid slot but undid all of his good work by running in to the back of Buemi on lap five. A subsequent drive through dropped him out of the points before he retired with a damaged rear axle.

Daniel Ricciardo - DNF Another to have a strong start, he was aiming to beat Liuzzi to the flag when an unknown rear failure brought an end to his race under the safety car.

Lewis Hamilton - DNF - Accident Didn't make the best of starts from second and had dropped behind Alonso after the first round of stops when he collided with Kobayashi. Took responsibility for the collision after the race - one which was driver error but not reckless - and is left to rue a missed opportunity to challenge for victory given Button's pace.

Sebastian Buemi - DNF - Accident Made a great start to run in sixth place behind Alonso having managed to avoid the first corner carnage, but had Perez run in to the back of him on lap five and damage his rear wing, forcing his retirement a lap later.

Jaime Alguersuari - DNF - Accident Very unfortunate after a brilliant qualifying result yesterday. Senna's error ended his race after a few hundred metres and cost Toro Rosso any chance of serious points. Completely blameless.

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