Eventful Belgian Grand Prix!

Spa Francorchamps delivers the goods in spades yet again, and Bernie Ecclestone wants to move away from traditional circuits in favour of Hermann Tilke designed snore-circuits. After today it’s hard to imagine anyone but Mark Webber or Lewis Hamilton winning the World Drivers title unless Webber and Hamilton both finish a race out of the points. Jenson Button was taken out of the race by Sebastian Vettel getting his braking completely wrong ending up T-boning Button’s McLaren when the Briton was running in second place. Fernando Alonso was hit by Rubens Barrichello misjudging the conditions and his braking into turn one. Alonso recovered but later got caught out by the conditions himself putting his Ferrari in the barrier. Sebastian Vettel had to serve a drive-through penalty for causing an avoidable accident and a series of tyre choice errors left the German finishing well out of the points. Mark Webber will be relieved to finish on the second step of the podium after his disastrous start; completely bogging down off the line falling back to seventh. Lewis Hamilton lead from the first corner to finish line, keeping mostly out of trouble to claim 25 points to retake the championship lead from Mark Webber. I think that it maybe time for McLaren and Red Bull to put their eggs in one basket now. I hate to say it (being a Jenson Button fan) but with the championship so tight at the top, McLaren and Red Bull may need to play the team game to win either championship! Renault’s Robert Kubica finished in third place which could have easily have been second if the Pole didn’t overshoot his pit box allowing Mark Webber to pass in the pit lane. Felipe Massa had a pretty anonymous race to finish in fourth place while Adrian Sutil brought his Force India home in fifth place overtaking both Mercedes in the closing stages after pitting for tyres. Despite being overtaken by Sutil, the Mercedes boys claimed their best finish for quite a few races in sixth and seventh. Kamui Kobayashi had another solid finish in 8th place, up 10 place from his starting position of 18th. Vitally Petrov and Tonio Luizzi round out the top 10 finishing positions. Again the unpredictability of Spa Francorchamps delivered another great race, now onto Monza which should be another good race, especially for McLaren and Force India who seem to have the best F Duct system to improve straight line speed!

In cricket; England won the final test to claim the series win but the series has been tarnished by yet another corruption scandal. England claimed the final test in emphatic style after a first innings where the top batsmen hopelessly failed with the bat. The margin of the victory was an innings and 225 runs. Pakistan failed to avoid the follow on being bowled out in their first innings for only 74 runs and were bowled out again in the second innings for 147, 225 runs short of England’s first innings total. Although a convincing victory, this series will forever be be tarnished by the spot betting allegations, basically bowlers bowling no balls according to big money bets made during the game; at this time three Pakistan players are being questioned by police!

Liverpool managed their first win of the Premiership season against West Brom. It was a win, but hardly convincing for a team at home against a team that aren’t in the same league of quality, no disrespect meant to West Brom or their fans. The only goal of the game came from the foot of Fernando Torres who converted Dirk Kuyt’s pass in the 65th minute. This win takes Liverpool upto the heights of 13th. Conclusion: better but more work is needed especially in a league where the top teams are hitting four or more goals against lower ranked opposition. Of course Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all won to keep themselves in the top three of the table!

HOW HARD IS IT TO PARK IN A 7ft WIDE SPACE? Apparently very hard for many Kansans; the amount of times I can not get into a parking space because some fool has parked diagonally across into the next parking space and in some cases even manage to get two wheels into the next parking space. I can get into these tight spaces with the car but no-one is getting out. I’m astonished that people can not get a 4.5 to 5ft wide car into a seven foot parking space without getting at least one wheel in the next parking space. Suffice to say these people wouldn’t be able to park at all in the UK where space is much more limited! OK, rant over! [ for the time being… ]

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