F1 » Hamilton: Spa should always be on F1 calendar

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Alan D - Unregistered

August 26, 2009 4:25 PM

Last year's Spa was the best race of the season. I was on the edge of my seat watching two great drivers, Kimi struggling with a car where the tyres were shot and Hamilton charging up behind him. I was on a high when the race was over, but I'd have been on just as much of a high if Kimi had somehow held on and LH had wrecked his car instead. That, to me, was great F1. I couldn't believe it when I heard later on that the stewards decided to penalise a driver for violating a rule interpretation they'd just made up. That was the worst possible advert for F1 and almost ruined the season. I'm so glad the WDC wasn't decided by that penalty.

Fred - Unregistered

August 26, 2009 4:31 PM

I completely agree Alan D. That was one of the most disgraceful incidents in F1 history. Almost as disgraceful were the other drivers who swore they knew this "next corner" rule despite it being made up by the stewards on the hoof. Their behaviour was despicable.

ferret .

August 26, 2009 5:12 PM

Too Right Spa should stay on the F1 calender!
Lets hope it dooesn't go because of Greedy Bernie wanting more money, or favouring another micky mouse track!
Spa has to be the best track on the calender!! :)


August 26, 2009 5:45 PM

I love Spa! This circuit gave F1 fans a lot of fantastic memories like Villeneuve and Zonta's flip on Eau Rouge during Qualifying, Mikka Hakkinen overtaking both Michael Schumacher and Ricardo Zonta in one move. For me the best and the most drama filled race was in 1997 in horrid conditions with half the field being wiped out in one lap causing for a delayed restart, Coulthard hitting the back of Schumi and a furious Michael confronting DC in the McLaren garage and a gaggle of mechanics stepped in. Damon Hill went on to win that race. With all that drama Spa is far more entertaining than the ho-hum modern tracks Bernie seems to prefer.

Munro Gow

August 26, 2009 6:20 PM

If you mean the rule by where a driver who cuts a corner by whatever means and gains a position as a result should then relinquish the said position and not be allowed overtaking until after the next corner...well that rule had always been in place but hadnt been seen to be exercised because nobody had done it in ages until the LH v KR incident...

Anyways SPA is brilliant and should be an untouchable race along with Silverstone, Monza and Monaco as would a German GP and for me a race at Suzuka

Mark _

August 26, 2009 6:34 PM

It will be interesting to see if they have modified the final corner to discourage drivers from cutting the course like Hamilton did last year. They should at least put up a tire chicane or some curbing so that drivers who do go off there lose a significant amount of track position.


August 26, 2009 7:47 PM

Its a great track and should stay, just shows how utterly out of touch the idiots running the sport are for adding more and more utter boredom tracks from Tilk when there is a good supply of proper racing at proper tracks in countries the racing should be in.

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