Formula 1 Belgian
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Here is a team by team review:
Ferrari: They've clinched the Constructors' Title
with 5 races to go. This must be one of the most successful teams Ferrari
has ever had. With some help from Bridgestone they could dominate here
Drivers: Michael Schumacher won in Hungary against expectations. He loves Spa and won here on the last 2 occasions. He is the favourite.
Rubens Barrichello was expected to fight Michael at Hungary. He didn't. Don't expect miracles here. A second place if the Bridgestones are superior.
Renault: Continue to hold onto second place following yet
another superb drive by Alonso to third beating all the other Michelin
runners. The Renault is still at a disadvantage with regards to top end
speed but this track also has some very slow chicanes which could help
them. They could come up "best of the rest" again!.
Drivers: Jarno Trulli continues his unimpressive drives. Strong rumours link him to Toyota but I wonder why ? They signed Ralf who is in a similar boat!
Fernando Alonso finished an impressive third in Hungary and will be a star on this track even though he last drove here in 2001 and only completed 3 laps during the race.
BAR: Move a bit closer to Renault in the
championship after both Button and Sato finished in the points. The Button
move seems to have had minimum impact so far.
Drivers: Jenson Button finished 5th in Hungary and couldn't do much about Montoya who was ahead of him. Expect a better race here. Podium possible.
Takuma Sato finished 6th in Hungary which is a sign of improvement. He'll struggle on this track as it is his first in a Formula 1 car for him.
Williams: It is hard to know if their performance
improved in Hungary as a result of their front nose change reverting to
the traditional style. In any case they should be strong at Spa.
Drivers: Juan Pablo Montoya finished 4th in Hungary which is encouraging. He could finish on the podium here.
Antonio Pizzonia has so far done reasonably well. His performances so far have not done him any harm and could land a drive with another team next season. This race will be tough on him though as he races in a Formula 1 car for the first time on this track.
McLaren: They continue to suffer from mechanical problems. The car
is fast though and could do well in Spa.
Drivers: David Coulthard performed below expectations at Hungary with a 9th place finish. He'll bounce back and perform as usual here and finish just inside the points.
Kimi Raikkonen was again unfortunate and retired with an engine failure in Hungary. He'll challenge for a podium finish if his car lasts here.
Sauber: They did well in Hungary and managed to finish one of their
cars in the points. They could do well in Spa too given their recent
aerodynamic improvements. Scoring points though will be very hard as
Drivers: Giancarlo Fisichella had another strong finish in Hungary and must be motivated enough following his signing for Renault for next season. Will do well here but points will be hard.
Felipe Massa struggled in Hungary but that was partly due to mechanical problems. He could do well on this track but it is unlikely that he'll finish in the points.
Toyota: Didn't seem to have improved much with their
heavily revised car which was introduced in Germany. They may be a bit
stronger here but don't expect them to move a big step forward.
Drivers: Olivier Panis finished 11th in Hungary. He could do better here especially if it rains but don't expect points!.
Ricardo Zonta retired from his debut race for Toyota and will struggle at Spa given that the last time he drove here was back in 2000.
Jaguar: They weren't as strong as expected in Hungary but could
challenge for a point here.
Drivers: Mark Webber finished 10th in Hungary and can improve on that at Spa.
Christian Klien will struggle here given that Spa is a challenging technical track and Klien has only driven here in a Formula Renault.
Jordan: Benefited from the Bridgestone tyres and mixed it with
Jaguar in Hungary. Don't be surprised if they beat a few Michelin teams If
that advantage remains at Spa.
Drivers: Nick Heidfeld did well in Hungary finishing in front of a Jaguar. His performance at Spa may determine his Formula 1 future.
Giorgio Pantano will struggle like most other rookies who will drive at Spa for the first time in a Formula 1 car.
Minardi: Once again they finished last but that
isn't a surprise. Their chance of a miracle is higher here as there is a
higher chance for accidents and the weather can change quickly.
Drivers: Zsolt Baumgartner will struggle on this technical track and will be glad to finish the race.
Gianmaria Bruni needs to impress on this track if he is to raise his profile in Formula 1 and move to a better team.
Pole and see how your predictions stack up against the others.