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Racing in the grand manner
Spa-Francorchamps, May 22nd
At this length of time after the event there is little point in recording an hour-by-hour or lap-by-lap account of the happening on the return of Grand Prix racing to the revised Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the wooded hills in south-east Belgium. Suffice to say that everyone seemed to enjoy the event, a crowd of 80,000 turned up to watch, it was a real horsepower race and the character of the Grand Prix de Belgiqueas a great occasion has returned.
For the record some brief notes will not go amiss. In spite of a few "dismal-jimmies" forecasting doom, practice got away promptly on Friday morning and it was noticeable how all the drivers were keen to get to grips with this challenging new circuit for Formula One. The nature of the circuit brought out the best in them and Tambay, Laffite and Surer were a joy to watch anywhere for their sheer precision at high speed and their obvious delicate balance. Rosberg was good spectator value showing incredible determination and forceful driving and his speed came from a big heart rather than inborn skill and artistry. If he was as smooth and precise as his Williams team-mate he would be really quick; as it is there is no-one with a Cosworth V8 that can touch him at the moment. Young Andrea de Cesaris was brave and fast, especially on his entry to corners, but the most uncanny driver to watch is Alain Prost. There is no sign of effort, no obvious speed, no feeling of artistry, in fact a rather dull proposition to observe, yet he was by far the fastest driver on the circuit. There must be a lesson there somewhere.