Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
The 2021 F1 World Championship resumes this weekend at the iconic venue of Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix after the month-long summer break. Located in the municipality of Stavelot, Spa is one of the most famous tracks in the world and has been part of the F1 Calendar since 1950, although not permanently for a variety of different reasons.
The track is also the longest track of the F1 Calendar, at 7.004km long. It has a range of high-speed corners and an elevation change of approximately 100m between the highest and lowest part of the track, making it one of the most thrilling circuits on the F1 Calendar. The track is also known for its notoriously unpredictable weather.
As Spa is essentially a low-downforce circuit, and because of that, all teams will be bringing a unique rear wing to maximise their top speed around the tracks long straights. But because the middle sector of the track requires a good amount of stability and downforce, teams have to make sure they have the perfect balance between both settings.
The Belgian Grand Prix marks the start of this season’s second triple-header, with the next two races being held in the Netherland and then Italy. Heading into the race weekend in Spa, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes lead their respective championships after a string of poor results from rivals Max Verstappen and Red Bull. However, the gap between Hamilton and Verstappen is tight as 8 points only separate them. The same can be said about Mercedes’s lead over Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship, as Mercedes only has a lead of 12 points.
Red Bull will most probably have a faster car around Spa because, compared to Mercedes, Red Bull are better in terms of performance in low-speed corners, and they also have a higher top-speed. This makes them favourites coming into the weekend.
- Track Length: 7.004km
- Turns: 20
- Laps: 44
- Race Distance: 308.052 km
- Lap record average speed: 237kph, 147mph
- First Grand Prix: 1950
- Race Lap Record: Valtteri Bottas | Mercedes | 2018 | 1:46.286
- Outright Lap Record: Lewis Hamilton | Mercedes | 2020 | 1:41.252
- Most Successful Driver: Michael Schumacher | 6 Wins
Belgian Grand Prix 2021 schedule
Friday, July 30
Free Practice One: 3:00 PM IST (11:30 AM local time)
Free Practice Two: 6:30 PM IST (3:00 PM local time)
Saturday, July 31
Free Practice Three: 3:30 PM IST (12:00 PM local time)
Qualifying: 6:30 PM IST (3:00 PM local time)
Sunday, August 1
Race: 6:30 PM IST (3:00 PM local time)