Button’s Reign Threatened by Belgian Drizzle

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Famous for its turns and sweeping layout that takes drivers through the rolling hills of the Ardennes the race is a highlight for the competitors as it truly tests their abilities usually in pouring rain.

Highlights will include Rubens Barrichello race in his 300th Grand Prix. Following a cruel shunt by former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher in the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this month the Brazilian is bound to receive strong support from the crowd. Ferrari, who both Barrichello and Schumacher used to race for, had a poor start to the season, but are expected to be fighting for poll position with Red Bull. This season the Austrian team are pushing the McLaren back-to-back champions Jensen Button and Lewis Hamilton very hard.  Despite still being leaders of the competition until very recently they now face a severe challenge from Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber, for Red Bull, and former Grand Prix champion Fernando Alonso in fifth position in the racing red of the Italian team.    

Red Bull have the technological edge for the moment wih a superior chassis, but Ferrari now have the fastest engine and that could be vital on the straights especially in the rain. Of course, form could be thrown out of the window as often happens at Spa, such as Force India‘s surprise win last year.

Schumacher, who has lost his popularity with race goers and authority on the track is desperate to have a good race, according to other media reports. The question is whether the pressure will make him drive like a true champion or as has happened too often this season force him to take chances with his car and others.