Formula One is back after the summer break and we’re heading to one of the most anticipated races of the year – the Belgian Grand Prix. Here’s everything you need to know about Spa!
|MOST WINS||MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (6)|
- It takes 22 seconds to drive through the pits here.
- There is an 80% chance of a Safety Car during the Belgian Grand Prix. The 1997 Belgian Grand Prix was the first time that a Formula One race began under a safety car.
- 214mph is the highest speed achieved here, on the run to Turn Five.
- Michael Schumacher, who made his F1 debut at Spa, has the most number of wins here with six. Ayrton Senna took five victories between 1985 and 1991. Of the current field, Kimi Raikkonen has taken the most wins around this track with four. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton each have two.
- 60% of the lap is spent on full throttle.
- Although the track is named ‘Spa-Francorchamps’, the track is not actually situated in Spa but rather in the vicinity of Francorchamps. The entire track is situated within the municipality of Stavelot – which is, of course, the name of Turn 15.
- Spa-Francorchamps is the longest circuit on the current F1 calendar.
- In the race, the drivers will perform 2112 gear changes each. There are 49 gear changes around a lap of Spa.
- The average speed of a lap of Spa is 146mph – one of the highest on the calendar.
- During the 13 year absence of a Grand Prix at Spa from 1970 to 1983, the circuit was heavily redesigned and halved in length. Nevertheless, the circuit maintained its demanding qualities.
Grand Prix Winners at Spa:
|1955||Juan Manuel Fangio|
|1954||Juan Manuel Fangio|
|1950||Juan Manuel Fangio|
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