Mayhem at Spa

Hamilton and Alonso finally see eye to eye!
This year’s Formula season has been the closest in recent years. The first six races produced six different winners – a record of sorts. Since then, Alonso has been trying really hard to pull clear of the pack – in a inferior car to boot. So it was quite an accomplishment to arrive at the Belgian Grand Prix with a lead of 40 points over his nearest rival – Mark Webber. 

Romain Grosjean tries to leap ahead of Alonso’s Ferrari

The start of Spa reminded us how little it takes to demolish that lead – even through no fault of your own. This time the culprit was Romain Grosjean. After the start, in the mad rush for a lead at the first corner, Grosjean tried to claim the same part of real estate occupied by Hamilton. The collision made Grosjean and Hamilton into aviators first and projectiles soon after. Grosjean’s own Lotus narrowly missed Alonso’s helmet. The ensuing train wreck took out Hamilton, Alonso, Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi. At the end of the day, Alonso and Hamilton were robbed of a chance to advance or even maintain their standings. More importantly, the racing world came close to recording its first fatality since Senna and Ratzenberger at Imola in 1994.

Here is a video of the real action …

Watch the pileup at the start of the F1 GP at Spa


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