Belgium Grand Prix – Race Results

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Sebastian Vettel took a routine victory for Red Bull in a totally dry Belgian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso was able to tiger through from ninth on the grid to second ahead of polesitter Lewis Hamilton, but fellow title contender Kimi Raikkonen’s long finishing streak ended with a brake problem.

  • Visor tear-off caused Raikkonen problem – Lotus suspects that a blocked brake cooling duct caused by a loose visor tear-off led to Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement from the Belgian Grand Prix. Raikkonen suffered from an overheating left front brake duct shortly after the start of the race at Spa-Francorchamps. At the first pitstop, the team discovered the visor tear-off lodged in the cooling channels of the brake duct. Although Lotus was able to remove it, the brake disc was already too hot and could not be cooled enough. Eventually it failed completely. Investigations by the team after the race discovered no other explanation for the brake issues, which led it to believe that the visor strip was the cause.

Pos  Driver               Team                          Time/Gap
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault          1h23m42.196s
 2.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                       +16.869s
 3.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes                      +27.734s
 4.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                      +29.872s
 5.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault              +33.845s
 6.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes              +40.794s
 7.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                       +53.922s
 8.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault                 +55.846s
 9.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes        +1m09.547s
10.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari          +1m13.470s
11.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes            +1m21.936s
12.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari          +1m26.740s
13.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari              +1m28.258s
14.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari              +1m40.436s
15.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault            +1m47.456s
16.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault                +1 lap
17.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault                +1 lap
18.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth               +1 lap
19.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth              +2 laps

Fastest lap: Vettel, 1m50.756

Not classified/retirements:

Driver           Team                         On lap
Paul di Resta    Force India-Mercedes            26
Kimi  Raikkonen  Lotus-Renault                   25
Charles Pic      Caterham-Renault                 8

World Championship standings, round 11:

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        197        1.  Red Bull-Renault          312
 2.  Alonso        151        2.  Mercedes                  235
 3.  Hamilton      139        3.  Ferrari                   218
 4.  Raikkonen     134        4.  Lotus-Renault             187
 5.  Webber        115        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           65
 6.  Rosberg        96        6.  Force India-Mercedes       61
 7.  Massa          67        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         25
 8.  Grosjean       53        8.  Sauber-Ferrari              7
 9.  Button         47        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Di Resta       36
11.  Sutil          25
12.  Perez          18
13.  Vergne         13
14.  Ricciardo      12
15.  Hulkenberg      7
16.  Maldonado       1

Videos: Kimi’s brake failure, Kimi post-race interview with SkySports


Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – DNF: “I had a brake failure so there was really no point in trying to continue. We both got good starts off the line but there wasn’t enough space into the first corner where I went over the kerb and lost some time, but after that I was pushing as hard as I could. There were some brake issues at the beginning of the race but we were managing them and it was going okay until we had to retire. We’ve finished a lot of races and had some good reliability; one day your luck has to run out and today was that day.”

Romain Grosjean – 8th: “We had a difficult first lap where we lost a few positions and then dropped back a couple more places in the incident with Sergio [Perez]. We decided on a one stop strategy today and with the new tyres I felt that the grip was much higher than before but I knew that it would be difficult to get the time back. We tried something different and you never know; had it rained in the middle of the race we could have been well-placed to take advantage. It is good to finish the race without any mistakes, even if eighth place isn’t what we were hoping for this weekend; it’s also a shame that Kimi didn’t finish the race, but we go to Monza hopeful of better things.”

Eric Boullier, team principal: “It was a disappointing weekend, with qualifying not as good as we had expected and then a difficult first lap in the race. Kimi suffered from a brake failure which, of course, is a concern. We already believe we know why it happened and we will investigate this in detail to prevent the situation arising again. Romain finished eighth which clearly isn’t the sort of position we hope for at the end of a race weekend. Today we lost some pace and part of that might be due to the low temperatures. We must now look ahead, learn from this weekend and make sure that next year we can deliver on a medium downforce track.”

Alan Permane, trackside operations director: “It was a difficult race for us. We didn’t have the pace in qualifying yesterday and didn’t seem to have the pace today. We had a difficult first lap where we lost a few places and found ourselves sat behind slower cars. After that it was difficult to make up any ground. Unfortunately Kimi retired from the race with a front brake failure which we are now investigating. Romain was on a one stop strategy which was the right thing to do today. We look forward to starting again in Monza where we will bring new developments to the car can hopefully have a better weekend.”

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