THE 2021 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
ROUND 12. 27th – 29th August.
1047th F1 GRAND PRIX | 77th BELGIAN GRAND PRIX | 54th GRAND PRIX AT SPA FRANCORCHAMPS
2020 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2020 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Friday 27th August
Free Practice 1 (11:30am Local Time/ 10:30am UK Time)
Free Practice 2 (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Saturday 28th August
Free Practice 3 (12pm Local Time/ 11am UK Time)
Qualifying (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
Sunday 29th August
The 2021 Belgian Grand Prix (3pm Local Time/ 2pm UK Time)
- This will be the 200th Grand Prix to feature a Russian driver on the grid.
- This will be the 200th consecutive Grand Prix which Daniel Ricciardo has started. Only Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have started more consecutive races. Ricciardo will become the 20th driver to have started 200 Grands Prix.
- George Russell and Lando Norris will make their 50th race starts.
- At the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso will overtake Rubens Barrichello as the driver to have started the second most Formula 1 races. This will be Alonso’s 324th Grand Prix start.
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Since F1’s last visit to Spa, the apex kerb at Turn 2 has been removed and replaced with a double negative kerb, while the Turn 7 and Turn 14 exit kerbs have been reduced in width. There have been no other major track changes.
Information about the upcoming race weekend, such as DRS zones and track changes, will be added here.
SPA FRANCORCHAMPS TRACK GUIDE
Situated in the heart of the Ardennes Forest, the ferocious Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of Formula 1’s legendary tracks. The longest circuit on the calendar, with its own micro-climate and massive elevation changes, means the Belgian Grand Prix is always unpredictable.
Spa-Francorchamps is one of the original racing circuits, as racing moved from city to city races to racing around circuits. The original nine mile circuit linked the towns of Malmedy, Stavelot and Francorchamps in a triangular shaped course. The track, which incorporated public roads, was designed in 1920 by Jules de Thier and Henri Langlois Van Ophem and held its first race soon after. For the first years of its existence, the track held only motorcycle races, until – following the success of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race – Spa held its own day long race for cars.
The first Belgian Grand Prix was held in 1925, and was won by Antonio Ascari, the father of future Formula One World Champion Alberto Ascari. Further Grands Prix were held here from 1930 onwards, with the iconic Radillion and Eau Rouge corners being added to the track in 1939. The 1939 race itself was held in treacherous conditions, and led to the death of Richard Seamen, who crashed out from the lead. The 1939 event was the last held before the onslaught of World War II. The area around the circuit played a role in the war. The Battle of the Bulge, which was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front, took place in the Ardennes forest. The battle saw over 20,000 deaths, including around 3,000 cilvilians.
PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. As has become tradition, all 20 drivers will appear in front of the media on Thursday.
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are yet to be announced.
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Derek Warwick.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C2, C3 and C4 compounds for this race weekend.
2020 BELGIAN GP RECAP
Lewis Hamilton won a tame 2020 Belgian Grand Prix, in a race which featured midfield scraps and a Safety Car due to a collision for Antonio Giovinazzi.
For a second year in a row, Carlos Sainz failed to make it past the opening lap at the Belgian Grand Prix. The McLaren driver recorded a DNS due to an engine issue. Lewis Hamilton took pole by over half a second, and team-mate Valtteri Bottas was unable to take advantage of the slipstream on the opening lap. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who had qualified on the second row, were also unable to challenge the two Mercedes. On the second lap, Pierre Gasly and Sergio Perez went wheel-to-wheel through Eau Rouge, with the AlphaTauri driver coming out on top. The Safety Car was called on Lap 11 due to a substantial crash for George Russell and Antonio Giovinazzi. Giovinazzi had crashed his Alfa Romeo, causing Russell to take avoiding action and ultimately hit the barriers himself. The leading drivers came into the pits as a result, with Hamilton maintaining his lead, while Bottas emerged side-by-side with Verstappen in the pit lane. After the Safety Car returned to the pit lane, Perez – on older tyres – dropped down the order, being overtaken by Ricciardo and Alex Albon. Ricciardo made another move on the yet to stop Gasly for fourth place. Gasly and Perez later duelled for points in the lower positions. Esteban Ocon overtook Albon on the closing lap to secure Renault a double top five finish. Hamilton was unchallenged for the win, and claimed victory by over eight seconds. Verstappen completed the podium.
FASTEST EVER LAP
RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION
|Free Practice 1||1:45.502 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:44.358 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:44.574 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:44.493 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Free Practice 2||1:44.753 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:43.355 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:44.123 (Charles Leclerc)||1:43.744 (Max Verstappen)|
|Free Practice 3||1:43.916 (Kimi Raikkonen)||1:42.661 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:44.206 (Charles Leclerc)||1:43.255 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Qualifying||1:42.553 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:58.179 (Lewis Hamilton)||1:42.519 (Charles Leclerc)||1:41.252 (Lewis Hamilton)|
|Grand Prix||1:46.577 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:46.286 (Valtteri Bottas)||1:46.409 (Sebastian Vettel)||1:47.483 (Daniel Ricciardo)|