De GP in Spa-Francorchamps was traditiegetrouw weer een parcours met massieve vlaktes, afschrikwekkende hoeken, wisselvallig weer en een massaal opgekomen publiek.
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Everybody loves Spa!
“If I had to chose a favourite, this would be it. The Eau Rouge-Radillion section is something special. The feeling of going up the hill so quickly – you don’t get that anywhere else.”
Sébastien Buemi, Scuderia Toro Rosso
“I think of it as my living room”
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes
“It’s one of the favourites for all the drivers. It’s high-speed, some of it’s blind, there’s high compression. It’s good to be here…”
Robert Kubica, Renault
“The first few laps will be interesting. You need to push like hell while being very, very careful. And that’s if it’s dry. When Spa is wet… anything can happen.”
Jaime Alguersuari, Scuderia Toro Rosso
... of toch bijna iedereen.
“I broke my finger here in 2006 in a World Series race. They took me in the ambulance to the medical centre and the guy driving was crazier than all of us put together. They put me in a wheelchair – even though there was nothing wrong with my legs – And they made me where a very strange dress… like an old women’s dress…”
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing
“Are there pictures?”
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“I’ve heard the rumours but that’s it… I don’t know of any plans, I haven’t been consulted or asked and nor do I necessarily need to be. I’m sure Ross is much closer to this than I am.”
Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren (Mercedes)
“This is the first time I’ve heard the rumour!”
Ross Brawn, Mercedes
Mark vierde zijn 34e verjaardag.
“I didn’t know this was his birthday! I have brought nothing with me. I need to find something. I think they have these free shampoos in the hotel. Don’t tell him…”
“I think the best present would be a quick car for this weekend.”
“I got a cake!”
Mark's perfecte cadeau bleek uiteindelijk de pole position te zijn die hij behaalde tijdens de regenachtige kwalificaties.
“It felt like it was a great effort from the whole team and it’s a great place to get pole. We’ve seen a few occasions this year that pole positions haven’t done too much, so we need to capitalise tomorrow.”
“It’s difficult to know if it’s just a dark patch of tarmac or whether it’s actually damp and whether it’s going to affect you. You don’t know until you hit it. We’re all on the knife edge.”
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren
Vettel werd vierde in de kwalificaties, Button vijfde, en Robert Kubica’s Renault verrassend genoeg derde.
“I think victory is out of reach, but in motor sport anything can happen!”
“We came here surprisingly to see that we were very competitive, if not a little bit faster than the others. To then try and put that into a win in these changeable conditions was very tough. It is one of those I can tick off now and say that I have won.”
“I was hoping this guy (Lewis) would make a mistake but it’s not his first race, so I’m very, very happy with second place, to be honest, after the start I had.”
“Clearly for me, my closest rival in the championship is Mark, but I still think the championship is open.”