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Round 14 - Belgium 

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ĎTaint fair! Ferrari (read M Schumacher) first, daylight second?

Michael showed today why he earns the big bucks. He also showed why Ferrari stayed with Bridgestone. Rubens and Ralf showed why Michael is the world champion and Kimi showed why he will be soon. David showed why he never will be and Juan Pablo showed why I should not have predicted his victory earlier this week. The Saubers showed why last years engines (even Ferrari ones) are not good ideas in the back end of their final season and Davidson showed why Minardi should send Yoong on a PR tour until after Japan.

In one of the most convincing display of the current season the pneumatic Frenchman blitzed the field. Bridgestone is a one team supplier with the other teams getting whatever suits the red cars Ė today what suited Ferrari sucked for the rest. Alan McNish got beaten by one Bridgestone runner, Villeneuve, plus the Ferraris, the rest of the Michelin drivers only got beaten by Ferraris. Of course the Minardiís got beaten by everybody but thatís because they donít have real engines not because they donít have real tyres.

What happened today? The BMW engine should have delivered but it didnít. Montoya should have delivered but he didnít either. The McLaren came home from the wilderness and Kimi did deliver, big time. Trulli did well to be only 1.6 seconds off Michaels pace and Michael convinced me that, barring an accident (he doesnít seem to be subject to mechanical issues like the mere mortals who drive the rest of the cars) nobody will touch the Ferraris this year.

The Belgian GP 'Also Ran' Award.

Belgium 2002 provided an amazing display of driver superiority for some teams, particularly given the fine weather. Michael outqualified Barrichello by 0.609, Raikkonen outqualified Coulthard by 0.609 and Webber outqualified Davidson by 0.608.

Davidson doesnít need an excuse, heís the number two driver and he did well to only drop 0.6 to the more experienced Webber on his second outing in the car. Barrichello doesnít need an excuse, heís the number two driver and nobody can touch an on form MS. David Coulthard really doesnít need an excuse either, he just needs someone to gently explain that heís the number two driver as well.

However, as long as he keeps deluding himself that he is top gun in the McLaren team heíll keep winning Also Rans when he fails to deliver top gun results Ė like today.

The Belgian GP Qualifying Heroes

1. Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen, 3. Mark Webber

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The Real Race - Drivers Standings - Round 14

Grid Driver Car Team Wins Losses Best QualiPoints
1 M. Schumacher 1 Ferrari (B) 10 4 1 96
2 K. Raikkonen 4 McLaren Mercedes (M) 9 5 2 28
3 R. Barrichello 2 Ferrari (B) 4 10 1 73
4 R. Schumacher 5 BMW WilliamsF1 (M) 7 7 2 55
5 JP. Montoya 6 BMW WilliamsF1 (M) 7 7 1 84
6 D. Coulthard 3 McLaren Mercedes (M) 5 9 2 19
7 J. Trulli 14 Renault (M) 10 4 6 2
8 E. Irvine 16 Jaguar Cosworth (M) 8 6 8  
9 M. Salo 24 Toyota (M) 13 1 8  
10 J. Button 15 Renault (M) 4 10 6 1
11 P. de la Rosa 17 Jaguar Cosworth (M) 6 8 11  
12 J. Villeneuve 11 BAR Honda (B) 7 7 9  
13 A. McNish 25 Toyota (M) 1 13 10  
14 G. Fisichella 9 Jordan Honda (B) 10 3 5 4
15 O. Panis 12 BAR Honda (B) 7 7 7  
16 T. Sato 10 Jordan Honda (B) 3 10 12  
17 F. Massa 8 Sauber Petronas (B) 4 10 7  
18 N. Heidfeld 7 Sauber Petronas (B) 10 4 5 2
19 M. Webber 23 Minardi Asiatech (M) 14 0 18  
20 A. Davidson 22 Minardi Asiatech (M) 0 2 20  
- A. Yoong 22 Minardi Asiatech (M) 0 12 19  
- H. Frentzen 20 Arrows Cosworth (B) 11 1 10  
- E. Bernoldi 21 Arrows Cosworth (B) 1 11 12  

QualiPoints are awarded in the same way points are awarded to the top 6 drivers in a race. (i.e. 10, 6, 4, 3, 2,1)

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