Hamilton has finished on the Belgian Grand Prix podium in all of the last six seasons, Verstappen has retired twice in the last four years and five drivers have a 100% finish rate at Spa Francorchamps. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the Belgian Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 LEWIS HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton has won the Belgian Grand Prix four times and has finished on the podium in all of the last six seasons. In fact, aside from his four DNFs at the circuit and his fourth place in 2007, Hamilton has finished on the podium on every other outing at Spa. Hamilton has had more retirements at Spa than at any other circuit in his career. He has not retired from the event since 2014, a race in which he made contact with then team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton has taken six poles at the Belgian Grand Prix, and 2009 and 2016 are the only times in fourteen appearances that he has not reached Q3 at the circuit. In total, Hamilton has had nine front row starts at the track. 2012 and 2014 are the only years that Hamilton has been out-qualified by a team-mate at Spa on pure pace.
🇫🇮 VALTTERI BOTTAS
Valtteri Bottas is yet to win the Belgian Grand Prix, but has finished on the podium three times and scored on all but one appearance. His maiden outing here in 2013 with Williams, when he finished fifteenth, is the only time that the Finn has failed to score at the circuit, meaning he has a 100% finishing record at the venue. Bottas has finished on the podium in each of the last two seasons, recording his best result here last year, finishing as runner-up. 2013 is the only season in which Bottas has missed out on Q3 at the circuit. Last year marked the first time he started from the front row at the Belgian Grand Prix. He is yet to out-qualify Lewis Hamilton at the track since joining Mercedes in 2017. Bottas has only ever led one lap at Spa. That was with Williams back in 2014.
🇳🇱 MAX VERSTAPPEN
Until the Dutch Grand Prix rejoins the calendar next week, the Belgian Grand Prix is Max Verstappen’s de facto home race. In six appearances, Verstappen has scored two podium finishes, with third place in 2018 and 2020. His eighth place in 2015 is the only other time he has scored here. Verstappen has retired from the event twice: he suffered power unit problems after just seven laps in 2017 and crashed out on the opening lap in 2019 after making contact with Kimi Raikkonen. 2015 is the only year that Verstappen has not reached Q3 at Spa, as well as the only season that he has not out-qualified his team-mate. His best result in qualifying here is second place in 2016.
🇲🇽 SERGIO PEREZ
Sergio Perez has a best result of fifth at the Belgian Grand Prix, a position which he has finished in at the track three times – in 2015, 2016 and 2018. Since 2014, his 2017 retirement is the only time that Perez has failed to score at the circuit. He also retired from the event in both 2011 and 2012. Meanwhile, 2013 and 2014 are the only years that Perez has not qualified in the top ten at Spa. His best qualifying result at the circuit is fourth in 2018; though he also started fourth on the grid in both 2012 and 2015. In the last seven seasons, 2018 is the only year in which he has been out-qualified by his team-mate here.
🇦🇺 DANIEL RICCIARDO
Daniel Ricciardo won the Belgian Grand Prix in 2014. He also finished on the podium with Red Bull in 2016 and 2017, and scored for the first time since his last podium visit in 2020. Ricciardo has recorded three DNFs at the track – in 2011, 2015 and 2018, while 2019 is the only other time the Australian has finished the race in a position outside of the points. Ricciardo has reached Q3 in every year since 2014 and has a best qualifying result of fourth, which he recorded with Renault in 2020. 2020 was only the third time that Ricciardo has out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit, the other times being in 2015 and 2019. 2019 also marked the first time in his six finishes at the track that he has finished in a worse position than where he started.
🇬🇧 LANDO NORRIS
Lando Norris scored at the Belgian Grand Prix for the first time in 2020, finishing in seventh place. He was set for a strong result at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix but retired just before the finish line, seeing him classified outside the points. Although Norris was out-qualified at the circuit for the first time last year, he reached Q3 for the first time at Spa, qualifying in tenth place. Norris previously raced at Spa-Francorchamps in Formula 3 in 2017. He won two of the races that weekend, and recorded a DNF in the middle race. In 2018, Norris competed here in F2, taking fourth place in the feature race and finishing as runner-up in the Sprint Race. Also at the track in 2018, Norris made his first appearance at a Formula 1 weekend, when he participated in Free Practice 1 with McLaren.
🇩🇪 SEBASTIAN VETTEL
Sebastian Vettel has been victorious three times at the Belgian Grand Prix. He won with Red Bull in 2011 and 2013 and took victory with Ferrari in 2018. He has had a further three podium finishes at the circuit. Last year, he finished only thirteenth. 2007 is the only year that Vettel has failed to reach the end of the race, while 2010 is the only other year that he has failed to score. He has finished in the top six on every other appearance. Vettel has taken pole only once at the track, in 2011, but has started from the front row a further four times – including in three of the last four seasons. Last year marked the first time Vettel did not reach Q3 at Spa since 2012.
🇨🇦 LANCE STROLL
Lance Stroll holds a 100% finish rate at the Belgian Grand Prix and has scored here in each of the last two seasons. He recorded his best result so far at the circuit with ninth place last year. 2020 also marked the first time that Stroll reached Q3 at the circuit, qualifying in ninth place. The Canadian has never out-qualified his team-mate at this track. Last season was the first time that Stroll failed to gain a position from where he started in the Belgian Grand Prix.
🇪🇸 FERNANDO ALONSO
Fernando Alonso has never won the Belgian Grand Prix – though he has had three podium finishes at Spa Francorchamps. He finished as runner-up in 2005 and 2013, and finished third in 2007. Alonso has recorded no less than seven retirements at the track – notably being taken out in dramatic fashion at the first turn in 2012 and 2018. He last scored here in 2016, when he finished seventh – his only points-scoring appearance in his four latest Belgian Grand Prix outings. Alonso has never taken pole or started from the front row at Spa. His best grid slot here is third, which is where he started in 2004 and 2007. He last reached Q3 at the track in 2014.
🇫🇷 ESTEBAN OCON
Esteban Ocon made his Formula 1 debut with Manor at the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix. From his four appearances at the track, that’s the only time that he has failed to score. Ocon recorded his best result to date at the circuit last year, finishing in fifth place. The Frenchman has reached Q3 on every appearance bar his 2016 debut, and recorded the best qualifying result of his career to date with third on the grid at the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix. That remains the only time he has out-qualified his team-mate at Spa.
🇲🇨 CHARLES LECLERC
Charles Leclerc took his maiden Formula 1 victory at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix. It’s the only time he has scored at the track. He was eliminated at the first corner in the 2018 race, and finished only fourteenth in 2020. Leclerc took pole position here in 2019 and has qualified thirteenth on his other two Belgian Grand Prix appearances. He is yet to be out-qualified by his team-mate at Spa. Leclerc has won at the track in F3, GP3 and F2, though he was stripped of his F2 Feature Race win in 2017 due to a technical infringement.
🇪🇸 CARLOS SAINZ
Carlos Sainz has only scored one point in six visits to the Belgian Grand Prix. He finished tenth for Toro Rosso at the circuit in 2017. His only other finish here is eleventh place with Renault in the following year, with all of his other four appearances resulting in DNFs. He failed to even start last year’s race, as an engine issue put him on the sidelines. 2020 marked the first time that Sainz has reached Q3 at Spa since his debut season. 2018 and 2019 are the only years in which Sainz has been out-qualified by his team-mate at the venue.
🇫🇷 PIERRE GASLY
Pierre Gasly has scored on all three appearances at the Belgian Grand Prix. He finished ninth on both of his first appearances at the circuit, before going one better last year and finishing eighth. Gasly is yet to reach Q3 at this circuit, but has progressed to Q2 on two of his three appearances. Last season marked the first time he had been out-qualified by a team-mate at Spa. Prior to F1, Gasly raced at Spa in Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2. He won the GP2 Feature Race at the track in 2016.
🇯🇵 YUKI TSUNODA
Yuki Tsunoda has raced at Spa Francorchamps in F3 and F2. He has finished on the podium here twice, finishing in second place in the second F3 race in 2019 and winning the F2 Feature Race in 2020.
🇫🇮 KIMI RAIKKONEN
In his first seven visits to Spa Francorchamps, Kimi Raikkonen retired three times and won four times. He took three consecutive victories at the circuit between 2004 and 2006, while 2009 remains his most recent win at the track. Since his comeback, Raikkonen has finished on the podium at the event only once, with third place in 2012. The Finn has failed to score in the last two races at the track, finishing sixteenth in 2019 and twelfth in 2020. 2007 is the only year that Raikkonen has taken pole for the Belgian Grand Prix, while 2002 and 2005 are the only other seasons that he has started from the front row. Since the knockout qualifying system was introduced in 2006, 2015 and 2020 are the only seasons where Raikkonen has failed to reach Q3 at the track. He recorded his first Q1 exit at the venue last year.
🇮🇹 ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI
Antonio Giovinazzi is yet to reach the end of a Belgian Grand Prix, having crashed out of the race in both 2019 and 2020. He crashed in the closing stages of the 2019 race and was out on the ninth lap in 2020. Though he made it through to Q2 in 2019, he was unable to compete in the session due to an engine failure. He was out in Q1 last year. Giovinazzi made previous appearances at this track in F3 and GP2. His best result here is his win in the 2016 GP2 Sprint Race.
🇩🇪 MICK SCHUMACHER
Mick Schumacher has raced at Spa in F3 and F2. He won the last race of the weekend in F3 here in 2018, and claimed two podium finishes at the circuit in F2 in 2020.
🇷🇺 NIKITA MAZEPIN
Nikita Mazepin has previously competed at Spa in F3, GP3 and F2. He has recorded three podium finishes here in the junior formulas, including a win in the second GP3 race at the track in 2018 and second place in the 2020 F2 Feature Race.
🇬🇧 GEORGE RUSSELL
George Russell finished fifteenth on his first Belgian Grand Prix appearance in 2019. He failed to finish in 2020, crashing as a result of another incident for Antonio Giovinazzi. Russell reached Q2 at the circuit last year having qualified on the back row in the previous season. Russell previously raced at Spa in F3, GP3 and F2, with the latter being the only junior category in which he failed to take a victory at the circuit. In 2018, Russell finished third in the F2 Feature Race at the track, and seventh in the Sprint Race.
🇨🇦 NICHOLAS LATIFI
On his Belgian Grand Prix debut in 2020, Nicholas Latifi finished sixteenth having qualified on the back row. On his first visit to the track in British Formula 3 in 2013, Latifi took two pole positions. He also raced here in Formula 3 in 2014, and in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2015. Latifi has appeared on F1 weekends at the track since 2016, failing to score points in the 2016 GP2 series meeting at Spa and failing to score in the F2 meeting in the following year. He finished eighth in the 2018 Feature Race and won the Sprint Race.
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