Spa break

We expected the Brawns not to be the quickest in Spa this weekend, but we certainly didn’t expect Button to not even make it into Q3 for qualifying at the Belgian GP.

Jenson Button told BBC Sport, “I’m a little bit worried because something is seriously not right,” after his shock exit.

He’s right to be a bit worried, because he now has a lot of work to do in the race tomorrow from 14th place on the grid, especially as the KERS equipped McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen are around him. They’ll scamper off from the lights and Button will be even further back.

But what will be keeping Button awake tonight, is wondering how his teammate, Rubens Barrichello, in pretty much the same car, managed again to outperform him, starting from the second row in fourth spot tomorrow.

Yet not even Jenson’s shock exit was as much of a shock as who finished up on pole position today: Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella.

And in fact the first three places on the grid are something of a surprise, with Toyota’s Jarno Trulli and then BMW’s (!) Nick Heidfeld second and third respectively.

But it’s Force India – however light on fuel they might be – who you have to feel most chuffed for, and I don’t think anyone can begrudge Fisi and the ‘back of the grid team’ their moment in the sun.

Yet it is surely rain that Button will be hoping for tomorrow, to give him something of a chance to score big points and not to really start losing grip on the championship.

So give us your race predictions, and head over to BBC Sport’s site for a full quail list.

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