BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT DE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
30/08/2020 13:10 UTC

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT DE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS
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)332
2Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes AMG Petronas)201
3Max Verstappen (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)189
4Daniel Ricciardo (Renault DP World)102
5Sergio Pérez (BWT Racing Point)100
6Charles Leclerc (Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow)98
7Lando Norris (McLaren)86
8Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren)85
9Alexander Albon (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)85
10Pierre Gasly (Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda)71
11Lance Stroll (BWT Racing Point)59
12Esteban Ocon (Renault DP World)42
13Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow)33
14Daniil Kvyat (Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda)26
15Nico Hülkenberg (BWT Racing Point)10
16Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN)4
17Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN)4
18Romain Grosjean (Haas F1 Team)2
19Kevin Magnussen (Haas F1 Team)1
20Nicholas Latifi (Williams Racing)0
21George Russell (Williams Racing)0
POSTEAMPTS
1Mercedes533
2Red Bull274
3McLaren171
4Racing Point154
5Renault144
6Ferrari131
7AlphaTauri97
8Alfa Romeo8
9Haas3
10Williams0