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Ferrari return to form at Spa

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The Ferraris look to carry less sponsorship these days

The Ferraris look to carry less sponsorship these days

After a season in the doldrums Kimi Raikkonen brought Ferrari their first race victory of 2009 at Spa Franconchamps in Belgium.

But the big story is Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella, who started on pole and managed to mantain second place right through to the end.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton met with disaster when a pile up on the first lap ended their chances.  The two tangled with the killer replacements, Luca Badoer and Jaime Alguesuari.  Unfortunately all they killed was their chances of winning.

Rubens Barrachello ran a long hard race and barely made it to the end, on the last lap he was trailing flames and smoke like a crashing Stuka.

So with this latest upset Jenson Button’s lead continues to narrow.  He is now only 16 points ahead of team mate Barrachello.  All it takes is one win and one third place and they will be level.  Also the Red Bull team continue to make advances in pace.  Furthermore their team, the perfect balance of experience and skill, continue to shine.

 1.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)  1h23:50.995
 2.  Fisichella    Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +     0.939
 3.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +     3.875
 4.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  +     9.966
 5.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            (B)  +    11.276
 6.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    32.763
 7.  Barrichello   Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  +    35.461
 8.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    36.208
 9.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +    36.959
10.  Glock         Toyota                (B)  +    41.490
11.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  (B)  +    42.636
12.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +    46.106
13.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       (B)  +    54.241
14.  Badoer        Ferrari               (B)  +  1:38.177

And  so this is the championship results as they stand

World Championship standings after 12 rounds:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Button        72        1.  Brawn-Mercedes        128
 2.  Barrichello   56        2.  Red Bull-Renault      104.5
 3.  Vettel        53        3.  Ferrari                56
 4.  Webber        51.5      4.  McLaren-Mercedes       44
 5.  Raikkonen     34        5.  Toyota                 38.5
 6.  Rosberg       30.5      6.  Williams-Toyota        30.5
 7.  Hamilton      27        7.  BMW Sauber             18
 8.  Trulli        22.5      8.  Renault                16
 9.  Massa         22        9.  Force India-Mercedes    8
10.  Kovalainen    17       10.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari      5
11.  Glock         16
12.  Alonso        16
13.  Heidfeld      10
14.  Kubica         8
15.  Fisichella     8
16.  Buemi          3
17.  Bourdais       2
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Written by Nick Gilmartin

August 30, 2009 at 3:52 pm

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