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Time to head to Belgium for the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix

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The Belgian Grand Prix is definitely one of my favourite races, the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix still evokes emotional responses from the inner F1 fan in me, the race was beautiful to say the least and sort of cemented my interest in formula one.

The 2008 Belgian Grand Prix is on the 7th of September at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The grand prix wasnt held in 2006, the last 3 races have infact been won by the Iceman Kimi Raikkonen, twice in a McLaren (2004,2005) and once in the scarlet Ferrari (2007).

While statistically the iceman is more likely to score a win in Belgium, whats more interesting is that Felipe Massa is just 6 points adrift of Lewis Hamilton while McLaren is also just around 8 points off Ferrari in the constructor’s championship. There was a discussion on blogf1.co.uk about Ferrari and team hierarchy. The truth is that most teams including McLaren have been following team hierarchy as well as team orders for a long time but somehow Ferrari is the only team that gets caught up in controversy whenever someone even suspects a team order was issued.

However the time now is really crucial, the Ferrari team is in a position where the use of team orders might mean the difference between a driver’s championship and seeing Lewis Hamilton wave the same championship from the sidelines.

So what do you think, should Ferrari resort to stealth team orders and win the championship ? Or should they play ‘like other teams’ and let nature decide the course of the championship.

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August 31st, 2008 at 8:29 am

Felipe Massa heartbreak at Hungary

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Felipe Massa - Hungary heartbreak

Kimi Raikkonen’s podium finish could not soothe the pain caused by Massa’s disappointing exit from the Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa was leading the race for a long time and looked all set to win it. But it aint over till the fat lady sings, and so it happened. 3 laps from the end, Massa’s engine gave up and he parked his Ferrari alongside the pitwall. A disappointing result for such a good race. Heiki Kovalainen snatched victory then, with Timo Glock coming second in his Toyota.

Kimi Raikkonen was sympathetic for his teammate’s loss :

Felipe had a great race and demonstrated the potential we have. Unfortunately for him and for the Team he had to stop in the final stages of the race. That’s the ugly face of motor sports; and I’ve experienced that a couple of times myself in the past.

Sorry for the short review, but college is back in full swing again, it aint easy becoming a full fledged engineer 🙂

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August 5th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Kimi Raikkonen hits photographer and more…

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Its amazing to see what all F1 drivers do when they are let loose. Kimi Raikkonen in 2 unrelated controversial videos.

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July 26th, 2008 at 8:39 am

Lewis Hamilton wins German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Massa Third

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Lewis Hamilton drove a good race and won the German Grand Prix 2008. He was followed by Nelson Piquet jr and Felipe Massa for 2nd and 3rd places in Renault and Ferrari F1 respectively. You all must have read the different race reviews by now, so lets just get to the reactions :

Felipe Massa:

“It was a difficult race. Right from the beginning, Hamilton’s pace seemed unbeatable and I understood that it would be very hard to beat him. I never had good grip and, in the final stages, I also had brake problems and was not even able to attack Piquet, whom I congratulate on the first podium of his career. We must try and understand why, this weekend, we have not been a match for our rivals. They have definitely improved, but I think this was more a case of us having taken a step backwards. However, we are still confident: we have the ability to get out of this situation, right from the next race.”

Kimi Raikkonen getting refueled at Germany

Kimi Raikkonen:

“This was definitely not the kind of race we had been hoping for. We have struggled all weekend and we have to try and understand why. Usually, our race pace is always good, but today that was not the case, because I almost always suffered with a lack of grip: only in the final stages did the situation improve a little bit, but it was never enough to be competitive. We have a test in Jerez, where we will try and improve the car so as to arrive in Budapest in better shape. This is definitely not a crisis, but we have to study carefully the handling of the car to understand if we have taken the right road in terms of development.”

Lewis Hamilton

“I nailed it this afternoon: when the team told me I had to build a 23-second gap in just seven laps, I knew I had to drive over the limit – and I did. But I knew we had the best car this weekend and felt comfortable pushing hard to make up the gap. In the final stint, I had to work for today’s win – when the Safety Car came out, I questioned whether I should pit but I trusted the team to make the best decision on strategy. It didn’t quite work out – but I knew we had the pace in the car to keep pushing and want to say a big thank-you to Heikki, who realised I was quicker. I was able to slipstream past Felipe and then thought my work was done; then I had to do it all again to get past Nelson. But I made a couple of textbook moves to get past them both. Everybody in this team has worked so hard to make this victory happen. We mustn’t grow complacent but must feel assured that our efforts are being rewarded. We couldn’t have asked for more today.”

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Kimi Raikkonen’s pre-weekend interview before Hockenheim

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Maranello, 15th July 2008 – The races in Germany never went very well for me. Neither Hockenheim nor NĂĽrburgring ever broght me luck although I really like them and I’ve always been competitive on both of them. My strong point in Germany is getting the Pole Position. Last year I started ahead of everybody else at the NĂĽrburgring and also the time before at Hockenheim: for one reason or the other victory always slipped through my fingers.

I will drive at Hockenheim the first time for Ferrari. The last race on this track Ferrari ended with a one-two win and I came in third. We’ve done some testing here last week and it went pretty well. We tried some new components and judging by the lap times there is still a great balance, but I think that Ferrari will be very competitive and fight for the win. I had some really good impressions of the F2008: I’m convinced that we’ll be at the max.

I hope it will be hot, as it usually is at Hockenheim. Our car goes really well at high temperatures and also the tyre-wear is not too high. So I really hope it will be hot. It’s hard to overtake, but the Qualifying doesn’t determine the result as on other tracks: although starting from the first row will make life much easier.
I’ve always said that the Championship will be very uncertain. I had the possibility to win the last three races, but for one reason or the other things didn’t go the right way: but that’s racing and I’m sure I’ll win again soon. Every point will be important, just like last year. Three drivers tied on the top spot and a fourth, who is three points behind: that’s a very interesting situation.

After the tests I had the honour to be invited by the Italian Minister of Transport Antonio Tajani, to partecipate in the European Youth Conference regarding road safety. We racing drivers have to set a good example for the youth and demostrate how important it is to pay attention behind the wheel every day and to stick to the rules of the road and always wear a seatbelt: going fast is only allowed on racing tracks! I hope that this message can reach as many young people as possible: it’s so stupid to risk your own life and the lifes of others for nothing…

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July 17th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

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