Belgian Grand Prix - Spa, 08/25/2013

Belgian Grand Prix

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa-Francorchamps

This track can be called the racing drivers’ University. One of the most legendary tracks in Formula One: the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, home of the Belgian Grand Prix, loved by all the drivers of the Circus for its challenging more than 7 kilometres (until the year 1970 the track in the Ardennes was over 14 km long). Spa is one of the fastest tracks in the Championship with some of the most famous bends on the calendar: the “Eau Rouge” is a left-right-combination similar to a rollercoaster, taken with an open throttle with an exit speed of about 300 km/h (in this section the tyres have to deal with a vertical load of 1,000 kg); or the “Blanchimont”, an extremely fast corner, passed at over 300 km/h. Despite the long straights, such as the “Kemmel”, the single-seaters demand a set up with a medium aerodynamic load. The changing microclimate in the Ardennes is another important characteristic of this event.

Keep on eye on
The long and smooth corners at Spa come with one exception: the extremely slow “Source”, immediately after the home straight. The group of single-seaters, which just started into the race, is always getting into trouble at this first tight bend. Attention at the chicane, leading up to the finishing straight: arriving with an open throttle from the “Blanchimont”, the hard braking and the entry into this right-left-combination is a good place to attack.

Did you know that
Out of 16 victories gained by Ferrari at the Belgian Grand Prix, 5 were signed by Michael Schumacher. The German driver even debuted in Spa in 1991 behind the wheel of a Jordan-Ford. In 2001 Schumacher gained the 52nd victory of his career in Spa, beating the F1 record set by Alain Prost, while in 2004, with a second place, he won the World Title, by winning the Belgian race. From 2007 to 2009 the Scuderia won three times in a row: twice with Kimi Raikkonen (who won the race here in the Ardennes four times in his career) and once with Felipe Massa.

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  • Victories

    1. 1952 Ascari500 F2
    2. 1953 Ascari500 F2
    3. 1956 CollinsD50
    4. 1961 Hill156 F1
    5. 1966 Surtees312 F1-66
    6. 1975 Lauda312 T
    7. 1976 Lauda312 T2
    8. 1979 Scheckter312 T4
    9. 1984 Alboreto126 C4
    10. 1996 SchumacherF310
    11. 1997 SchumacherF310 B
    12. 2001 SchumacherF2001
    13. 2002 SchumacherF2002
    14. 2007 RaikkonenF2007
    15. 2008 MassaF2008
    16. 2009 RaikkonenF60
  • Pole Positions

    1. 1952 Ascari500 F2
    2. 1956 FangioD50
    3. 1958 Hawthorn246 F1
    4. 1961 Hill156 F1
    5. 1966 Surtees312 F1-66
    6. 1968 Amon312 F1-68
    7. 1974 Regazzoni312 B3-74
    8. 1975 Lauda312 T
    9. 1976 Lauda312 T2
    10. 1984 Alboreto126 C4
    11. 1995 Berger412 T2
    12. 2002 SchumacherF2002
    13. 2007 RaikkonenF2007
  • Race best laps

    1. 1952 Ascari500 F2
    2. 1958 Hawthorn246 F1
    3. 1960 Hill256 F1
    4. 1961 Ginther156 F1
    5. 1966 Surtees312 F1-66
    6. 1975 Regazzoni312 T
    7. 1976 Lauda312 T2
    8. 1979 Villeneuve312 T4
    9. 1984 Arnoux126 C4
    10. 1988 BergerF1-87/88
    11. 1990 ProstF1-90
    12. 1998 SchumacherF300
    13. 2000 BarrichelloF1-2000
    14. 2001 SchumacherF2001
    15. 2002 SchumacherF2002
    16. 2007 MassaF2007
    17. 2008 RaikkonenF2008
  • Podiums

    1. First place:16 times
    2. Second place:16 times
    3. Third place:12 times
  • Hall of Honours

    1. 1950 J. FangioALFA ROMEO
    2. 1951 G. FarinaALFA ROMEO
    3. 1952 A. AscariFERRARI
    4. 1953 A. AscariFERRARI
    5. 1954 J. M. FangioMASERATI
    6. 1955 J. M. FangioMERCEDES
    7. 1956 P. CollinsFERRARI
    8. 1958 T. BrooksVANWALL
    9. 1960 J. BrabhamCOOPER-CLIMAX
    10. 1961 P. HillFERRARI
    11. 1962 J. ClarkLOTUS-CLIMAX
    12. 1963 J. ClarkLOTUS-CLIMAX
    13. 1964 J. ClarkLOTUS-CLIMAX
    14. 1965 J. ClarkLOTUS-CLIMAX
    15. 1966 J. SurteesFERRARI
    16. 1967 D. GurneyEAGLE WESLAKE
    17. 1968 B. MclarenMCLAREN-FORD
    18. 1970 P. RodriguezBRM
    19. 1972 E. FittipaldiLOTUS-FORD
    20. 1973 J. StewartTYRREL-FORD
    21. 1974 E. FittipaldiMCLAREN-FORD
    22. 1975 N. LaudaFERRARI
    23. 1976 N. LaudaFERRARI
    24. 1977 G. NilssonLOTUS-FORD
    25. 1978 M. AndrettiLOTUS-FORD
    26. 1979 J. ScheckterFERRARI
    27. 1980 D. PironiLIGIER-FORD
    28. 1981 C. ReutemannWILLIAMS-FORD
    29. 1982 J. WatsonMCLAREN-FORD
    30. 1983 A. ProstRENAULT
    31. 1984 M. AlboretoFERRARI
    32. 1985 A. SennaLOTUS-RENAULT
    33. 1986 N. MansellWILLIAMS-HONDA
    34. 1987 A. ProstMCLAREN-PORSCHE
    35. 1988 A. SennaMCLAREN-HONDA
    36. 1989 A. SennaMCLAREN-HONDA
    37. 1990 A. SennaMCLAREN-HONDA
    38. 1991 A. SennaMCLAREN-HONDA
    39. 1992 M. SchumacherBENETTON-FORD
    40. 1993 D. HillWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    41. 1994 D. HillWILLIAMS-RENAULT
    42. 1995 M. SchumacherBENETTON-RENAULT
    43. 1996 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    44. 1997 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    45. 1998 D. HillJORDAN-MUGEN HONDA
    46. 1999 D. CoulthardMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    47. 2000 M. HakkinenMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    48. 2001 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    49. 2002 M. SchumacherFERRARI
    50. 2004 K. RaikkonenMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    51. 2005 K. RaikkonenMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    52. 2007 K. RaikkonenFERRARI
    53. 2008 F. MassaFERRARI
    54. 2009 K. RaikkonenFERRARI
    55. 2010 L. HamiltonMCLAREN-MERCEDES
    56. 2011 S. VettelRED BULL-RENAULT
    57. 2012 J. ButtonMCLAREN-MERCEDES

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