There seems to be something about the traditional European grand prix venues that brings out the drama in Formula 1, and nowhere is that more evident than at Spa. This year's Belgian GP had it all.
Full reviews of the race and the results are here and here. (Kimi won, Alonso second, Button third.) We'll look at some of the big picture issues.

With 16 races down, McLaren finds itself in the position of having won 8 of the last 12 races, but leading neither the constructors' nor the drivers' championship. Alonso now needs only 6 points from the remaining 3 races to clinch the drivers' championship. McLaren should have come away from Spa in the lead for the constructors' trophy, but Montoya was deprived of a second place finish when Pizzonia (a lap down) crashed into him.

The damp track, tricky enough in the dry, provided its share of the drama, notably a huge crash by Fisichella when he lost control of his Renault in a high-speed pass through Eau Rouge, bringing out the safety car, which in turn led to some interesting pit stop and wet-to-dry tire changing strategies.

Tires (again) were one of the stories of the weekend, with Bridgestone's once-dominant intermediate wet-weather tires now no better than equal to Michelin's. Meanwhile, Max "he-who-must-be-obeyed" Mosley and Edouard Michelin battled on in the war over the FIA's proposed spec tire rule.

Backmarkers again played an unwelcome role in the race. In addition to Pizzonia's faux pas, Takuma Sato eliminated Michael Schumacher (in contention for a podium finish, for a change), while Tiago Monteiro managed to hit the pit lane speed limiter out on the course, causing Trulli's Toyota to rear-end him and crash out of the race.



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