Belgian GP preview

This weekend sees the F1 circus roll into the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, for an anti-Monaco weekend. But what it lacks in glamour and glitz, it more than makes up for with pure, flat-out racing.

I reckon there’s no better place to watch an F1 car than when its hammering up through Eau Rouge – where the drivers need big balls of steel!

So we come at it straight off the back of last weekend’s Euro GP in Valencia, where Jenson Button looked to be struggling and was lucky neither of the Red Bull drivers finished in the points.

How well he performs in Spa is anyone’s guess, but I’m sure teammate Rubens Barrichello’s win will have stoked the fire in Button’s belly to get him back to winning ways.

No driver likes to be beaten, especially not by someone in essentially the same car.

And even though Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has fallen 25 points behind title leader Button, the German still thinks he has a chance to win the championship.

“Twenty-five points is not easy [to make up], but we have seen how quickly things change.”

The Red Bulls are expected to run well in Spa too, showing the awesome pace they had back in June at Silverstone, so they’re set for a good battle with the Brawns.

McLaren are a lot more confident about their general pace now too, and are offering both Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen either the long- or short-wheelbase car – the latter being on offer to only Lewis last weekend.

Things aren’t looking so good for Renault, though, with Fernando Alonso saying that a win in 2009 is unlikely for the French outfit.

He’s also admitted that discussions are ‘very active’ on which team he’ll be racing for next season, although he said that an announcement next week ‘is maybe too early’.

So expect him to make an announcement next week.

This is likely to kick-start the driver market properly, and we’ll have a rather exciting time of it in the silly season.

Williams are keen to retain the services of Nico Rosberg, but are fully expecting him to go, and top of the list for the German seems to be McLaren for 2010, to replace Heikki.

Like we suggested a few weeks back.

Robert Kubica, who is currently without a seat for next year after BMW announced their withdrawal from F1, has said that everything’s up in the air for him at the moment.

But reading between the lines, that probably means he’s waiting for Alonso to announce his move to Ferrari before the Pole says he’s in at Renault.

Timo Glock’s worried that his contract hasn’t been renewed at Toyota for 2010, which is another reason to look at the Japanese company and wonder if they too will pull out before next season gets underway.

Lastly, and definitely most bizarrely, rumours abound that Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella will sit in at Ferrari for the injured Felipe Massa from September’s Italian GP.

Where these rumours came from, though, we’re really not sure…

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