PREVIEW – Belgian Grand Prix

Features

Round twelve of the 2016 season sees Formula One return to the Spa – Francochamps in the Arden Forest in Belgium. The longest circuit on the calendar and it is one of the ones on the very first FIA World Championship in 1950. The circuit presents a unique challenge to drivers with the high speed, long flat out sections and tricky corners that all without the unpredictable weather patterns!

The original 15KM circuit was built on public roads between the towns of Francorchamps, Malmedy, and Stavelot. Over the years the circuit has been modified but the first sector has be kept with minor modifications with cars going through the eye conic Eau Rouge climbing a blind exit flat out. Before the long run to decent back down the hill Les Combes.

The  1998 was dramatic one of the most famous in modern history a multi car pileup on the opening lap of the race causing an hours delay. On the restart two drivers crash out, David Coulthard crashes in Michael Schumacher on lap 25 forcing Schumacher to retire, giving Jordan their first victory in F1.

Facts and figures

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Race 2016 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix
Venue Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium
Circuit Length 7.004km (4.352mi)
Laps 44
Race Distance 308.052km (191.410 mi)
Lap Record 01:47.263 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 2009
Most wins drivers Michael Schumacher (6)
Most wins manufacture Ferrari (16)

 

Event timetable

  Local BST
Friday
P1 10:00-11:30 09:00-10:30
P2 14:00-15:30 13:00-14:30
Saturday
P3 11:00-12:00 10:00-11:00
Qualifying  14:00-15:00 13:00-14:00
Sunday
Race 14:00-16:00 13:00-15:00

What happened in 2015?

Lewis Hamilton took control after a heart in the mouth moment for Mercedes after team-mate Nico Rosberg made a bad start with fears of both cars being taken out on the first lap. This came following an aborted stars after Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz had a loss of power on the grid. Sebastian Vettel was forced to retire following a tyre failure just two laps from the end promoting Lotus’s Romain Grosjean to third.

Full Race Report Full Result

2015 vs 2014 Race Data

  P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
2015 01:51.082 01:49.338 01:48.984 01:48.908 01:47.955 01:47.197 01:23:40.387 01:52.416
Diff -0.495 +0.149 -0.481 -19.138 -19.354 -18.696 -00:56.261 -2.915
2014 01:51.577 01:49.189 01:49.465 02:07.130 02:06.609 02:05.591 01:24:36.556 01:50.511

Tyres

Driver Super soft Soft Medium
HAMILTON 4 6 3
ROSBERG 4 5 4
VETTEL 7 5 1
RAIKKONEN 7 5 1
BOTTAS 7 3 3
MASSA 7 3 3
RICCARDO 6 3 4
VERSTAPPEN 6 3 4
MAGNUSSEN 7 3 3
PLAMER 7 3 3
HULKENBERG 6 4 3
PEREZ 6 4 3
KYVAT 7 4 2
SAINZ 7 4 2
BUTTON 6 4 3
ALONSO 6 4 3
ERICSSON 7 5 1
NASR 7 5 1
WEHRLEIN 5 4 4
OCON 5 4 4
GROSJEAN 7 4 2
GUTIERREZ 7 5 1
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