I hate Spa. It’s in Belgium. You probably guessed that from the title of this blog post. I don’t hate Spa because it is in Belgium, but I hate it just the same. It is a beautiful track, winding through the forest, and it is very historic, but it is fraught with peril. Do you know why? I can answer that question in one word. Rain.
And not just ordinary rain. Sometimes it rains on the whole track, but sometimes it only rains on part of the track. This is the worst possible scenario, and that is what happened this weekend.
If it only rains on part of the track you have to decide between wet weather tires and dry weather tires (also called slicks). I know, it seems like a no-brainer, you should use wet weather tires, right? Well, maybe not. Because if most of the track is dry, you will shred your tires in just a few laps. This is very bad. But on the other hand, if you stay on dry tires you will slide all over the place when you get to the wet part of the track. It’s a nightmare. I hate rain, I hate it when the teams have to make guesses about the tires, and I hate Spa.
So, anyway, Mark Webber was on pole, Lewis Hamilton was second and Sebaistian Vettel was third. Poor Fernando Alonso, who has no luck at Spa was all the way in tenth place. Horrible. But, I was cautiously optimistic. At least I was until Ruben Barrichello, (who by the way was starting his 300th Grand Prix) ran right into him! Bastard! Happily Alonso managed to get back to the pits for some quick repairs and got back out into the race. I can’t say the same for Barrichello.
Cars were sliding all over the place. It was awful. And the worst of it was that Alonso ended up wrecking later in the race and retiring. It was very scary because his car was stopped in the middle of the track. Other cars were whizzing by him. I was screaming at the TV “Get out of the car!” and “Be careful!” It scared me to death.
In the end Lewis Hamilton won and Mark Webber came in second. Huzzah. I am rooting for Mark Webber to win the World Driver’s Championship if Alonso can’t win it. So go Webber!