Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix marks the return to F1 racing after a four week summer break. Sebastian Vettel is kind enough to show you the lines around the Spa Francorchamps circuit, which features substantial elevation changes, a long straight and reasonable opportunities for passing. I’d love to take a few hot laps in the Red Bull simulator, which is probably worth more than my house and every car I’ve ever owned, combined. Since F1 limits testing in real cars, it’s better than no testing at all.
Heading into Sunday’s race, Mark Weber (Vettel’s Red Bull teammate) leads the driver’s championship standings with 161 points. Lewis Hamilton is second with 157, followed by Sebastian Vettel with 151. In the constructor’s championship, Red Bull Renault has the lead with 312 points, followed closely by McLaren Mercedes with 304. Ferrari is a distant third, with a mere 238 constructor’s points. With seven races remaining in the 2010 F1 season, both the driver’s and constructor’s championships are still up for grabs, and this may be the closest F1 season we’ve seen in years.