With three rounds to go, the World Championship is still open. With Fernando Alonso now at 111 points and Kimi Raikkonen at 86, the difference is 25 with a maximum of 30 to be scored. This, of course, means that Alonso will be crowned Champion if he finishes on the podium on Sunday. Six points will make the Spaniard unpassable even if Raikkonen manages to win all remaining races.
In short, Alonso can let Raikkonen go and see what result he needs. First for Raikkonen means Alonso needs third, second means fifth, third means seventh and fourth means eight. Anything less and Raikkonen is eliminated even if Alonso doesn't finish another race.
One of the highlights of the Belgian Grand Prix was Tiago Monteiro's eight place. After his podium finish in the Indianapolis debacle, Monteiro scored his first real point. The only other point by a Portuguese driver was scored by Pedro Lamy, who finished sixth in the 1995 Australian Grand Prix, while driving for Minardi.
The Jordan driver is only the fourth from his country in Formula One. Lamy drove for Lotus and Minardi between 1993 and 1996, while Pedro Chaves drove for Coloni in 1991, but never qualified for a race. The first Portuguese driver was Nicha Cabral, who contested several races between 1959 and 1964.