Realistically, it became clear after Qualifying that third was going to be the most likely best finish for a Red Bull Racing car in the Belgian Grand Prix.
However, the manner in which we achieved that, courtesy of Sebastian Vettel didn’t actually follow the expected script. A second corner incident on the opening lap played into our hands by wiping out Jenson Button, along with Lewis Hamilton, Jaime Alguersuari and Romain Grosjean, the Renault driver tangling with the championship leader.
In the ensuing chaos and Safety Car period, it was Mark Webber who was our best placed car, running fifth, with Sebastian in his grid position, eighth. With some of the fancied runners out of the way, it was looking good for a big points haul, but unfortunately, Mark got hit with a drive-through penalty after he came very close to colliding with Nick Heidfeld, as both men left pit lane together after refuelling.
Sebastian had one of the heaviest fuel loads of those who were two-stopping and this allowed him to slot in third behind Raikkonen, who had charged through from sixth on the grid to lie second on the opening lap behind unexpected pole man, Giancarlo Fisichella, before dispensing with the Force India driver once the Safety Car came in.
With only five races to go, the championship situation leaves Brawn and Red Bull Racing supporters with hardly any fingernails left to chew on. We’ve taken four points out of the leaders in the Constructors, Barrichello has closed up to Button, as has Sebastian, who leapfrogs his team-mate to lie third once again.
Now it’s the slipstreaming, eye-popping, super-fast fest that is Monza, the Temple of Speed!