2009 Belgian GP Review: Ferrari Wins While Force India Makes History

Ravikumar RajagopalCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2009

SPA FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM - AUGUST 30:  Second placed Giancarlo Fisichella of Italy and Force India celebrates with his team owner Dr Vijay Mallya and team mates following the Belgian Grand Prix at the Circuit of Spa Francorchamps on August 30, 2009 in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The Belgium Grand Prix is one of the favourite Grand Prix's for most Formula 1 fans and this year’s race did not disappoint the Tifosi in any way as Kimi Raikkonen finally managed to win a race after more than a year.

In doing so he proved that he is still one of the best drivers on the grid and after such a performance, Ferrari find themselves in a fix as now they have three drivers under contract for 2010 and they need to drop one of them.

With the deal for Alonso to join Ferrari for 2010 more or less certain, and Massa yet to receive medical clearance over whether he can race again, any two of the combinations of Raikkonnen, Alonso and Massa should be a formidable pair which opponents should fear.

Sebastien Vettel, by extending his deal with Red Bull, which will run until 2011, saved Ferrari from a dilemma having Vettel signed for them until 2011. That would have made their driver situation murkier for them still.

One thing is certain for the Italian Grand Prix in Monza, and that is that Ferrari will definitely not race Luca Badoer at their home race following a very poor performance from the Italian once more. It seems likely that he will end his Formula 1 career without scoring points.

Meanwhile Force India and Giancarlo Fisichella had a dream weekend, as not only did the team score its first points but this was also Fisichella's first podium since the 2006 Japanese Grand Prix.

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Not only did he give Raikkonen a run for his money but he ensured that not only have Force India now scored more points than Toro Rosso, but also have a genuine chance of overtaking Renault in the Constructor’s Championship.

Even before the race began, rumours abounded that Fisichella could be driving for Ferrari at Monza and this performance may just catapult him into the Ferrari seat. Though Force India seem to have the pace now, they apparently still owe Ferrari money over engines supplied to them last year and every Italian’s dream is to drive for Ferrari at Monza and if the team does calls, Fisichella will probably take it without even thinking.

Red Bull was expected to do well in Belgium but Sebastien Vettel actually drove amazingly well to come in third, and once again put his name in the ring for the Championship. However he does have only one engine left, and it will be nothing short of a miracle if Vettel does manage to win the title.

Meanwhile teammate Mark Webber, after a pit stop mishap where he nearly collided with Nick Heidfeld, had to endure a drive-through penalty which ended his race hopes and he failed to score points which was vital for him in the race for the Driver's Championship.

Red Bull have inched closer to Brawn in the Constructor’s Championship and could well manage to actually overtake Brawn by the end of the season.

Brawn GP are going through a tough phase and though Rubens Barrichello actually had decent pace and managed to come seventh and take two crucial points for the team, what is currently happening with Jenson Button remains a mystery.

Following his runaway performances at the beginning of the season, he was expected to have the championship sewn up by now, but now three guys are chasing him and if he continues to drive in the same manner, he may end up losing the title this year.

McLaren, after two stunning races, were expected to continue their good form, but the team had a very poor race with both Hamilton and Kovalainen failing to make Q3.

Lewis Hamilton crashed out in the first lap of the race while Kovalainen managed to come in sixth, and with rumours of Kimi Raikkonen making a dramatic return to McLaren for 2010, his chances of retaining his seat look very remote.

BMW Sauber is doing all it can to find new buys and the team had a good show in Belgium with both Kubica and Heidfeld coming in fourth and fifth respectively, which was a very important result for the team and the drivers.

Meanwhile Williams should be happy with Nico Rosberg, who somehow managed to push his car up into eighth position as their setup was unsuited for Spa. Rosberg enhanced his own profile, and judging on his performance he would not be a bad bet for McLaren next year.

Renault once again had a very poor race and with allegations of fixing the race in Singapore by making Piquet crash, things are not going too well for the team.

With Alonso on his way out, the team may not appear next year as Renault as they need to score some points to justify their position, or the parent company may just pull the plug while RBR has already given enough indication that it will change its engine supplier for 2010.

Toyota continue to baffle everyone as the team which always had a car to win races, and even challenge the likes of Brawn and Red Bull, is struggling and thanks to poor strategy and inconsistent racing by drivers the team is sitting fifth on the constructors table. If Rosberg continues his amazing show, even Williams may be able to overtake them.

STR had a race to forget and never looked likely to score points and are now officially the weakest team on the grid. They appear incapable of scoring any more points for the remainder of the races this season.

In conclusion, it was once again a very good Belgian GP and though Ferrari never had the best car on the grid, Kimi drove like a superstar and pulled off a supreme win for the team.

Force India, after missing points due to various reasons, finally managed to score points in a brilliant manner with Fisichella coming in second place, all of which makes the Italian GP in Monza, which comes up next, very interesting indeed.