A crash for Barrichello and car trouble for Hulkenberg left Williams point-less in Spa while Force India pulled further ahead of them in the championship.
|Rubens Barrichello||Nico Hulkenberg|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’46.602 (-0.451)||1’47.053|
|Average race lap||2’04.774|
Marked his 300th Grand Prix start by matching his best qualifying performance of the year with seventh, despite being the only driver in the top ten to use the hard tyres.
But it came to nothing when he crashed out on the first lap:
Despite my experience, it was very difficult to know how wet the track was on the opening lap, but it was fully wet when I came into Blanchimont. I was closing the door on Rosberg and when I touched the brakes, even though it was quite early, it wasn’t sufficient to stop the car. The car went straight on into Alonso, for which I’m sorry. It’s also sad for the team.
Made his third consecutive top ten start and moved up to seventh at first before being passed by Adrian Sutil at the restart.
But he lost over 25 seconds with an early pit stop and then ended up stuck behind Pedro de la Rosa. At one stage he was losing up to four seconds per lap:
Pretty early on in the race I had a throttle control problem which made the car very difficult to handle, so we made an unscheduled stop, but the engine died in the box and had to be re-started.
As a result I dropped position and then had to cope in the rain without the full engine control, which caused some spins. We took some tyre gambles at the end to try and recover something.
The gamble didn’t work and Hulkenberg spun having stayed out on slick tyres in the closing stages.
2010 Belgian Grand Prix