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Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of his win and demoted to third in the aftermath of this years Belgian Grand Prix.  The McLaren driver has been given a 25 second penalty, handing Ferrari’s Felipe Massa the race win and promoting Nick Heidfeld to second.

Hamilton was penalised for cutting the chicane and gaining an advantage on lap 41 whilst battling with eventual retiree, Kimi Raikkonen. This means Hamiltons championship lead is now down to only 2 points as Massa takes the full 10 points from the race. McLaren have announced their intention to appeal against the decision.

Toyota’s Timo Glock has also been given a timed penalty of 25 seconds, effectively an post race drive-though. He passed Mark Webber for eighth even though yellow flags were being waved for Raikkonen’s stricken Ferrari. The penalty puts him down to ninth.

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Lewis Hamilton has won the Belgian Grand Prix beating Kimi Raikkonen in incredible closing laps. Rain proved to be the deciding factor at both the start and end of the race as Raikkonen battled with Hamilton and Massa watched from behind.

The race started in the wet with half the drivers ending up on the run-off area at turn one. Trulli had an extraordinary start, making it up to fourth, before he was hit from behind by Sebastain Bourdias, which subsequently affected the Italians race. Heikki Kovalainen flew backwards, from 3rd to 13th after the very first corner and Raikkonen made his way past Massa. Hamilton led until spinning at turn one on the next lap. He somehow remained first up Eau Rouge before Raikkonen took the lead from him.

Kovalainen made his way back through the grid, before spinning Mark Webber and getting a drive-through. His race became a battle for points. At the front, Raikkonen pulled away setting fastest lap after fastest lap, Massa comfortably sat in third and the race settled down.

It was later in the race when Hamilton began to mount a challenge on the lead, closing the gap. It was then announced that rain was on the way and all was set for a action-packed end to the race, with the McLaren expected to perform better in rain.

The rain really started to fall on lap 41 and it was then that the McLaren clearly showed it was faster. At the final corner Hamilton tried to pass for the lead but was pushed wide and had to cut part of the corner. He backed off just enough to let Raikkonen back though before squeezing past him at turn one and regaining the lead of the race.  The rain was coming down heavy now and both race leaders went wide. Raikkonen got a run on Haimtilon in the run-off area and looked like he was going to make a move for the lead, but Nico Rosberg’s Williams came back on the track after a spin and Hamilton was forced onto the grass. Raikkonen took the lead, but moments later he spun and Hamilton was back in front. Raikkonen simply couldn’t keep his Ferrari on track and ended up in the wall, retiring, just before the last lap.

Hamilton took the win ahead of Massa and Heidfeld, who gambled for wet tyres whilst running in ninth and took the podium from Sebastain Bourdais and Toro Rosso. Bourdais went from 3rd to 7th on the last lap when Alonso, Kubica and Vettel all got past.

Hamilton now leads the championship with 80 points to Massa’s 72.

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Lewis Hamilton took pole position for Sundays Belgian Grand Prix away from Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who will start next to him on the front row. His pole position time of 1:47.338 beat Massa’s equally impressive lap of 1:47.638 on the last laps in Q3. Heikki Kovalainen couldn’t make it a McLaren front row and settled for third, with triple Belgian winner, Kimi Raikkonen, lining up in fourth. An improving Nick Heidfeld beat a in-form Fernando Alonso to fifth place by 0.2 seconds and Red Bull clung on to seventh thanks to Mark Webber.

Robert Kubica lapped a best of 1:48.763 for eight whist one of the heroes of qualifying, Sebastain Bourdais, who ended up first in Q1, starts from an all time best ninth, ahead of his Red-Bull bound teammate.

Neither Toyota could get past Q2 and Trulli will line up 11th with Glock 13th, split by the only man not to have out-qualified his teammate this season, Nelson Piquet Jr. David Coulthard and Nico Rosberg are 14th and 15th.

The Force Indias looked like they might make it out of Q1 for the first time, but it wasn’t to be, and they qualify 18th and 20th. Neither Honda could make it out of Quali one either with Barrichello starting ahead of Button and it was Nakajima that took 19th for Williams.

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Nick Heidfeld completed the final practice session at Spa on top as the rain kept on falling. With the showers on and off and a damp track for most of Saturday practice, the BMW just beat McLaren to first with a 1:47.876 ahead of Heikki Kovalainen’s time of 1:48.165.

Lewis Hamilton was behind with a 1:48.356 which was not enough to beat his former teammate, Fernando Alonso, who continued his form with a 1:48.307. Felipe Massa led the charge for Ferrari in fifth, 0.2 seconds ahead of his teammate who was also separated by Toro Rosso’s Sebastain Vettel. Mark Webber just made the top ten with a 1:49.054, beating Jarno Trulli to the position by 0.003 seconds.

It wasn’t a perfect session for BMW as Robert Kubica could only manage 13th. The Force Indias led the Hondas with Jenson Button the only man not setting a time after leaving the pits and coming to an immediate stop.

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Fernando Alonso set the fastest lap after a wet and slightly chaotic Friday practice two and Spa. The Spanaird took top place away from the earlier pace-setter, Felipe Massa, at the end of the session, by lapping 0.1 second faster.

Mark Webber was caught out in the rush to get back to the pits when the rain arrived, putting his Red Bull in the wall and the session ended with Webber in last. The teams sent their drivers back out after around half an hour later but the track remained slippery and Kimi Raikkonen, Giancarlo Fisichella and Nelson Piquet Jr all ended up in the wall at turn 9. The Red Flags came out and the wait was back on for drying condtions. Times did drop though, and Heikki Kovalainen looked good towards the end of the session, 0.1 seconds ahead of his teammate.

Nico Rosberg and Adrain Suitl finished high in sixth and eight and Toro Rosso continued to fly. BMW continued to struggle whilst Toyota had mixed fortunes in ninth and fourteenth. After his accident, Raikkonen finished fifth, 0.5 seconds behind the McLarens.

Ferrari’s dominance has been broken for now, but will it last? Action continues tommorow in Saturday Practice.

Results

1. Fernando Alonso Renault 1:48.454s 21 Laps
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:48.504s 15 Laps
3. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1:48.740s 19 Laps
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:48.805s 17 Laps
5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:49.328s 10 Laps
6. Nico Rosberg Williams 1:49.405s 17 Laps
7. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:49.427s 28 Laps
8. Adrian Sutil Force India 1:49.585s 22 Laps
9. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:49.715s 22 Laps
10. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1:49.725s 21 Laps
11. Robert Kubica BMW 1:49.875s 22 Laps
12. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1:49.922s 20 Laps
13. Sebastien Boudais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:49.948s 20 Laps
14. Timo Glock Toyota 1:50.281s 23 Laps
15. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1:50.364s 20 Laps
16. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1:50.740s 11 Laps
17. Jenson Button Honda 1:50.925s 18 Laps
18. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:51.238s 22 Laps
19. Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1:51.334s 18 Laps
20. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:51.640s 7 Laps

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Felipe Massa finished top of the timesheets at the end of free practice one ahead of this weekends Belgain Grand Prix. He completed 26 laps ending up 0.3 seconds ahead of his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, as Ferrari started their weekend perfectly. McLaren were just behind, a further 0.2 seconds off the Ferrari’s pace.

Fernando Alonso proved to be best of the rest, sitting in fifth, followed by another Renault powered car of Mark Webber. Toro Rosso continued their incredible pace, with Sebastien Bourdais beating Red-Bull bound Sebastain Vettel to seventh. BMW dropped out of the top ten, whilst Honda continued to run at the back.

The overcast conditions at Spa saw Lewis Hamilton heading off track a couple of times, whilst Bourdais came to a strange hault in his Toro Rosso after the practice starts at the end of the session. Kubica made his feelings clear, staiting over the radio that the car was “nowhere” and Jarno Trulli spent the majority of the session in the pits.

Ferrari are clearly on top for now, but can they stay there? And, if so, can Raikkonen get past his teammate?

Results

1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m47.284s 26 Laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m47.623s 26 Laps
3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m47.878s 27 Laps
4. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m47.932s 24 Laps
5. Fernando Alonso Renault 1m48.104s 26 Laps
6. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m48.428s 29 Laps
7. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m48.557s 31 Laps
8. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m48.958s 24 Laps
9. Timo Glock Toyota 1m48.997s 26 Laps
10. Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m49.068s 25 Laps
11. Robert Kubica BMW 1m49.139s 25 Laps
12. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m49.185s 26 Laps
13. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m49.611s 30 Laps
14. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m49.625s 14 Laps
15. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m49.849s 18 Laps
16. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m49.986s 27 Laps
17. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m50.117s 19 Laps
18. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m50.125s 30 Laps
19. Jenson Button Honda 1m50.464s 25 Laps
20. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m50.905s 25 Laps

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