Ferrari have won the Belgian Grand Prix in each of the last two seasons, Mercedes have taken pole in six of the last seven years and Red Bull have taken ten podiums here in the last eleven races. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at Spa Francorchamps!
WINS: 4, POLES: 6, PODIUMS: 12, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: HAMILTON 2nd, BOTTAS 3rd
Mercedes took a 1-2 finish on their only visit to Spa-Francorchamps during their first stint in the sport. On their first appearance since 1955, Mercedes scored with both drivers – something which has happened more often than not in every Belgian Grand Prix appearance since. Michael Schumacher’s eleventh place finish in 2012 and Lewis Hamilton’s retirement in 2014 are the only occasions where a Mercedes driver has failed to score points here. The team have had at least one car on the podium at Spa in all of the last seven seasons, with 2015 being their only 1-2 finish here since 1955, while 2016 and 2019 are the only other times that both Mercedes cars have finished on the podium together.
Mercedes took six consecutive poles at the circuit between 2013 and 2018, but that run came to an end last year with neither Mercedes driver qualifying on the front row. They locked-out the front row in 2014 and 2015. The team have failed to reach Q3 only once in the last seven years at the circuit. The time they missed out was in 2016, when Lewis Hamilton was forced to start from the back due to engine penalties; though that didn’t stop him from finishing on the podium.
WINS: 14, POLES: 9, PODIUMS: 39, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: LECLERC 1st, VETTEL 4th
Ferrari have won fourteen times at Spa Francorchamps, taking victory in each of the last two seasons. 2018 marked their first victory at the track since since 2009. A Ferrari driver has scored points at the Belgian Grand Prix in every year since 1999, with 1998 marking the team’s last double non-finish at the track. The team suffered at least one retirement at the circuit in every year between 1987 and 1998. Ferrari have had 39 top three finishes at the circuit. In the last ten seasons, Ferrari have had only four podium visits at the circuit. Fernando Alonso finished as runner-up in 2013, as did Sebastian Vettel in 2017 before going on to win in 2018, and Charles Leclerc was victorious last year.
Ferrari have locked-out the front row six times at Spa, doing so for the first time since 2007 last year. Before 2019, Sebastian Vettel had qualified on the front row in both 2017 and 2018 with Ferrari. There have been only three occasions since 2006 where a Ferrari driver has failed to qualify in the top ten. Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen were eliminated in Q2 in 2012 and 2015 respectively, while Luca Badoer’s twentieth place in 2009, on his final F1 appearance, is the only time the team have been out in Q1 at the circuit.
WINS: 3, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 10, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: ALBON 5th, VERSTAPPEN DNF
Red Bull have taken three victories at the Belgian Grand Prix, and have finished on the podium in all but two of the last eleven years at Spa. 2015 and 2019 are the two years that Red Bull have missed out on the podium at the circuit; with Daniil Kvyat finishing fourth in 2015 and Alex Albon finishing fifth on his Red Bull debut last season. Red Bull have recorded four DNFs in the past five years here – two for Daniel Ricciardo in 2015 and 2018, and two for Max Verstappen in 2017 and 2019. 2016 is the most recent occasion that both Red Bull drivers finished the race, while 2014 is the last time both Red Bulls scored. The team’s first race here in 2005 is the only occasion where neither driver has picked up points.
Likewise, 2005 is the only time neither Red Bull driver has qualified in the top ten at the circuit. Red Bull have taken two poles at the Belgian Grand Prix, in 2010 and 2011, and have qualified on the front row on two further occasions in 2013 and 2016. The team have never been eliminated in Q1 at this circuit, and have had only five Q2 exits. Their most recent Q2 exit at the track came last season. Alex Albon did not progress to Q3 as he was due to start from the back of the grid.
WINS: 12, POLES: 11, PODIUMS: 25, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: NORRIS DNF, SAINZ DNF
McLaren have taken twelve victories at Spa Francorchamps, including their first ever win with founder Bruce McLaren in 1968. Between 1987 and 1991, McLaren won all five Belgian Grands Prix, and took 1-2 finishes in all but one of those races. Fernando Alonso’s seventh place finish in 2016 is the only time the team have scored here in the last five seasons. Lando Norris was running well within the points last year until he retired just metres before the finish line. That, along with Carlos Sainz’s retirement meant that McLaren recorded their first double DNF at Spa since 1983. At least one McLaren car has failed to finish in all of the last four seasons at the Belgian Grand Prix.
McLaren have taken eleven pole positions at Spa, most recently with Jenson Button in 2012. They’ve had six front row lock-outs at the circuit. McLaren have appeared in Q3 only once in the last five seasons at Spa, with Jenson Button qualifying ninth in 2016. Both cars were eliminated in Q1 in both 2015 and 2018, and at least one McLaren has been out in Q1 in four of the last five years.
WINS: 1, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 4, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: HULKENBERG 8th, RICCIARDO 14th
Alain Prost won for Renault on the team’s first visit to the Spa circuit, which remains their only win at the track. Eddie Cheever’s third place ensured the team scored a double podium finish, while they’ve taken two top three finishes since, with Fernando Alonso in 2005 and Robert Kubica in 2010. Since their return to the sport, Renault have scored points only twice. Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth in 2017 and he finished eighth last season.
Renault have taken two pole positions at the Spa circuit, in 1983 with Alain Prost and in 2004 with Jarno Trulli. They remain their only two front row starts at the track. Both Renault drivers reached Q3 here in 2017 and 2019. Last year, Daniel Ricciardo recorded the team’s best qualifying result since 2010 by qualifying sixth – though he started further down the field due to a grid penalty.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: KVYAT 7th, GASLY 9th
For the first time since 2012, both Toro Rosso cars finished in the top ten at last year’s Belgian Grand Prix. The team have scored points here in all but one of the last eight seasons; that occasion being in 2016. In addition to 2012 and 2019, both cars also scored in 2008. 2011 is the only time both Toro Rosso cars have failed to reach the end of the race. Their best finish here so far came in 2008, when Sebastian Vettel finished fifth.
Despite their high points rate at the track, Carlos Sainz in 2015 is the only time in the past eight years where a Toro Rosso driver has reached the top ten in qualifying. 2008 is the only season where both of the team’s drivers have reached Q3, while Jaime Alguersuari recorded Toro Rosso’s best qualifying result so far here with sixth in 2011. Both Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly were eliminated in Q1 last year, marking the team’s first double Q1 exit at the track since 2013.
WINS: 0, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 1, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: PEREZ 6th, STROLL 10th
Force India had a happy hunting ground at the Belgian Grand Prix, with their first visit here in 2008 being the only time the team failed to score at the track. Giancarlo Fisichella scored the team’s first podium at the track in 2009 and they had a further six top five finishes since then. The team failed to finish here only twice, with Paul di Resta in 2013 and Sergio Perez in 2017, while Nico Hulkenberg failed to make the start of the race in 2015 due to power unit issues. The team continued their points-scoring trend here last year under their new Racing Point name, with Sergio Perez finishing sixth and Lance Stroll tenth. Spa is of course the track at which the team’s original guise, Jordan, scored their first victory with a 1-2 finish in the rain-hit 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.
Force India took their first, and only, Formula 1 pole in Belgium in 2009 with Giancarlo Fisichella. Aside from 2008, when both cars were eliminated in Q1, Force India recorded only two other Q1 exits at Spa. The team qualified in the top ten with both cars in all of their last three seasons, locking-out the second row in 2018’s rain-hit qualifying session. Last year, Sergio Perez reached Q3 while Lance Stroll was out in Q2.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 2, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 16th, GIOVINAZZI DNF
Alfa Romeo won twice here in the 1950s, with Juan Manuel Fangio in 1950 and with Giuseppe Farina in 1951. Those two drivers also took pole here for the team in the opposite year to which they won the race! Luigi Fagioli made it a 1-2 finish for Alfa Romeo in 1950, the third of four 1-2 finishes in the team’s history. In the last nine years, the former Sauber team have scored only two points at the Belgian Grand Prix – both with Marcus Ericsson in 2015 and 2018. The Sauber team have taken two podium finishes at the Spa circuit, their first being a third place finish for Jean Alesi in 1998, and the latest with Nick Heidfeld at the 2008 race. One Sauber/Alfa Romeo driver has retired from the Belgian Grand Prix in all of the last four seasons.
2019 marked the first time that one of the team’s cars reached Q3 at the Belgian Grand Prix since 2012. In 2012, both cars reached Q3, and Kamui Kobayashi qualified on the front row; the team’s best qualifying result at the circuit. They have not recorded a Q1 exit here since 2017.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: MAGNUSSEN 12th, GROSJEAN 13th
Haas scored points in both 2017 and 2018 at the Belgian Grand Prix. Romain Grosjean scored their best result here, with seventh place in both 2017 and 2018. Kevin Magnussen also finished eighth in 2018, marking the first time both Haas cars scored at the track. While neither driver scored last year, a Haas car is yet to retire from a race at Spa.
2018 was the first time that Haas appeared in Q3 at the Belgian Grand Prix, doing so with both cars. Romain Grosjean recorded the team’s best qualifying position here with fifth on the grid that season. Kevin Magnussen progressed to Q3 last year, qualifying tenth. No Haas driver has qualified below thirteenth at Spa.
WINS: 3, POLES: 7, PODIUMS: 13, FINISH RATE: x% | 2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 15th, KUBICA 17th
Williams have taken three victories at Spa, with 1993 being the only time both their drivers have finished on the podium at the track. They took their most recent podium finish at the track in 2014 with Valtteri Bottas. Williams failed to score points at the Belgian Grand Prix for the first time in the hybrid era in 2018 and didn’t pick up any points last year either. The team haven’t recorded a non-finish here since 2012.
Williams have taken seven poles at Spa Francorchamps, including front row lock-outs in 1987, 1993, 1996 and 2001. Both Williams drivers have been eliminated in the first part of the qualifying session in each of the last three Belgian Grand Prix weekends, with their pair locking out the front row last season.
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.