BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

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30/08/2020 13:10 UTC

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

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30/08/2020 13:10 UTC

28/08/2020

FP1: 11:00 - 12:30 /
FP2: 15:00 - 16:30

29/08/2020

FP3: 12:00 - 13:00 /
QUALI: 15:00 - 16:00

30/08/2020

RACE: 15:10

Along with Monaco, Monza and Silverstone, this is another of the great classics on the Formula 1 calendar. There have been 64 Belgian Grands Prix since 1950, the first year of the World Championship: 2 were held at Nivelles, 10 at Zolder and 52 at one of the very best tracks in the world, Spa-Francorchamps.

To win at Spa is to become a legend of the sport. Back in 1950 the track was 14 kilometres long, while today it’s around half that distance, but it is still the longest one on the F1 World Championship calendar.

In 2017, no fewer than 265,000 spectators turned up. Given it’s geographical location in the centre of Europe, many people drive to the Belgian Grand Prix, which is very handy.

It means one can ignore the maximum luggage rules relating to air travel and so one can bring one’s entire wardrobe to Spa. From sun tan cream to a Sou’wester raincoat you could need it all. Truth is, everyone is actually disappointed if it does not rain over the race weekend, so intrinsic is a damp track to the character of this event.

The roller coaster of the GP of Belgium

Whatever the weather, the Belgian F1 Grand Prix is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year because the road circuit, even though much shorter than it’s original format, is still the greatest challenge known to a man in a motor car, with only Suzuka running it close in the excitement stakes.

No other circuit provides such a variety of mainly high speed corners, camber changes and of course the rollercoaster ride that is the section from La Source hairpin after the start to the top of the Radillon after the now flat-out Eau Rouge kink. At just over 7 kilometres, it’s a long way to walk but doing so and then imagining completing a lap at an average speed of over 230 km/h, gives you a clearer understanding of what makes a Formula 1 driver tick.

The 2019 Belgian GP saw Charles Leclerc stand on the highest step of the podium for the first time in his career, having started from pole.

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POSDRIVERPTS
1Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport)413
2Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport)326
3Max Verstappen (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)278
4Charles Leclerc (Scuderia Ferrari)264
5Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari)240
6Carlos Sainz (McLaren F1 Team)96
7Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda)95
8Alexander Albon (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)92
9Daniel Ricciardo (Renault F1 Team)54
10Sergio Pérez (SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team)52
11Lando Norris (McLaren F1 Team)49
12Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Racing)43
13Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda)37
14Nico Hülkenberg (Renault F1 Team)37
15Lance Stroll (SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team)21
16Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)20
17Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing)14
18Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)8
19Robert Kubica (ROKiT Williams Racing)1
20George Russell (ROKiT Williams Racing)0
POSTEAMPTS
1Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport739
2Scuderia Ferrari504
3Aston Martin Red Bull Racing417
4McLaren F1 Team145
5Renault F1 Team91
6Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda85
7SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team73
8Alfa Romeo Racing57
9Haas F1 Team28
10ROKiT Williams Racing1