The whole world and I are excitedly awaiting the sound of those howling V8s as they fire up in Belgium for the return of F1 after the summer break.
Ferrari fans will be hoping the Scuderia are a little closer to the Red Bulls, Red Bull fans will praying Lotus haven’t made any significant improvements, while McLaren and Mercedes will hope to at least stay in contact with them.
I’m a little disappointed with the Belgian Grand Prix so far as the weather has made it hard to calculate as to exactly where the teams stand regarding each others’ true pace. The capricious nature of the Ardennes’ weather created chaos and excitement in the final 10 minutes, as it appeared Force India’s Paul Di Resta would be on pole.
It certainly looked that way until the rain eased off in the dying moments and a dry line appeared, casting Di Resta down to fifth by the checkered flag.
In the final 30 seconds, Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, followed by Red Bull’s Mark Webber and teammate Vettel, all found pole until Lewis Hamilton took it away. This is the Brit’s fourth consecutive pole, a statistic not achieved since Damon Hill in 1995. Hamilton will have the Red Bulls behind him in Vettel and Webber, followed by teammate Rosberg and then Di Resta.
McLaren’s Jenson Button joins Di Resta on row three, followed by the Lotus’ of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen. Looking better earlier on, the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will start ninth and 10th. Being a Ferrari fan, I wasn’t exactly surprised where they qualified. I was hoping for a little more, but like I said about the weather conditions, maybe I’ll have to wait until next time for their true potential.
I’m guessing it will rain tomorrow, so who knows what’ll happen.
James Harris is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com. Follow or Like him at GarglingGas.