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Featured 2014 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Formula 1 Race Comments' started by RaceDepartment, Aug 23, 2014.

Who will win the Belgian Grand Prix?

Poll closed Aug 24, 2014.
  1. Rosberg

  2. Hamilton

  3. Ricciardo

  4. Alonso

  5. Bottas

  6. Vettel

  7. Hulkenberg

    0 vote(s)
  8. Button

  9. Massa

  10. Somebody else

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  1. RaceDepartment

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    After enjoying its traditional summer break, Formula One returns for round 12 of the 2014 championship, the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps, one of the calendar’s true classics and one of its toughest tests.

    The 7.004km circuit features every kind of challenge. From the run down through Eau Rouge and up the steep incline towards the blind Radillon corner, to the flat-out blast of the Kemmel Straight, through Les Combes and the technically difficult stretch down through Rivage, Pouhon and Fagnes and on to the fearsomely fast Blanchimont left-hander, Spa-Francorchamps is a circuit that, despite myriad alterations over the years, still pushes man and machine to the limit.

    Spa is one of the season’s fastest tracks with average speeds of 230km/h and the stretch from the exit of La Source to Les Combes sees the throttle wide open for 23 seconds – the longest single period on the calendar. Indeed, in the past as much as 70 per cent of each lap has been spent at full throttle so it will be interesting to see how teams meet that demand with 2014’s hybrid power units. Set-up is tricky too, with the key to success being the right balance between low downforce for the high-speed first and third sectors and good grip for the twistier middle sector.

    And then there’s the weather. The Ardennes defines the phrase ‘four seasons in one day’ and while one end of the circuit can be bathed in sunshine the opposite side can be drenched with rain. The changeable conditions can present a real headache for teams especially regarding tyre choice.

    All told, Spa is the perfect venue for F1’s title hopefuls to renew hostilities. In the Driver’s Championship, just 11 points separate leader Nico Rosberg from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, while the battle for third spot sees Daniel Ricciardo, a two-time GP winner this season, 16 points clear of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. Of these, only Hamilton has won here before, but at mercurial Spa past form often counts for little. A thrilling race lies in prospect.

    Belgian Grand Prix Facts
    • This will be the 59th Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, the first having been held in 1950 when it formed the fifth round of the inaugural F1 championship. The race was won by Juan Manuel Fangio.
    • That first edition of the race was held at Spa-Francorchamps, on the original 14.1km circuit. That circuit, with minor modifications, was used from 1950-’56, 1958 and from 1960-’70, after which the track was deemed too dangerous for Formula One. The Nivelles circuit was used in 1972 and 1974, with Zolder hosting the race in 1973 and then from 1975 until 1982. Spa hosted the 1983 race on a shortened 6.949km circuit and Zolder hosted its final Belgian GP in 1984.
    • With just two exceptions (2003 and 2006, when the Belgian GP was not held) the race has been staged at Spa-Francorchamps every year since 1985. The circuit has been subject to frequent modifications since then, the largest being the construction of new pit and paddock facilities prior to the 2007 race. The resultant 7.004km layout is the one currently in use. This will be the 47th F1 grand prix held at Spa-Francorchamps.
    • The most successful driver at the Belgian Grand Prix is Michael Schumacher, with six wins. The first of the German’s 91 career wins was scored here in 1992 with Benetton. He won with the same team in 1995 before recording a quartet of victories for Ferrari in 1996, ’97, 2001 and 2002. Ayrton Senna comes next, with five wins, in 1985, ’88, ’89, ’90 and ’91.
    • No driver has won the Belgian Grand Prix at more than one venue. Emerson Fittipaldi, however, is the only man to have won at Nivelles. The unloved 3.7km circuit near Brussels hosted just two Formula One grands prix and the Brazilian won both, the first with Lotus in 1972 and then in 1974 with McLaren.
    • Ferrari is the most successful constructors at the Belgian Grand Prix. The Italian squad has 16 wins, followed by 14 for McLaren and eight for Lotus. Williams have four wins, while Red Bull Racing have two. Mercedes also have a win to their credit too, in 1955, courtesy of Fangio.
    • There are five Belgian Grand Prix winners entered this weekend. Felipe Massa won in 2008, Lewis Hamilton in 2010, Sebastian Vettel in 2011 and 2013 and Hamilton again in 2012. None comes close to the achievements of Kimi Räikkönen, however. The Finn has won this race four times, starting with back-to-back wins with McLaren in 2004 and 2005. He next won for Ferrari in his championship-winning season of 2007 and most recently won again in 2009, the final year of his previous stint with the Scuderia.
    • Räikkonen’s first win at Spa-Francorchamps came from a starting position of 10th on the grid. It’s not the lowest grid slot from which victory has been scored, however. Schumacher’s 1995 win was scored from a starting position of 16th.
    • Saturday 23 August 2014 | Qualifying 12:00 GMT (14:00 CEST)
    • Sunday 24 August 2014 | Race 12:00 GMT (14:00 CEST)
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  2. Qazdar Karim

    Qazdar Karim
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    I voted for Rosberg ! i hope Hamilton won't have an engine failure this week !
  3. Gijs van Elderen

    Gijs van Elderen
    Premium Member

    Cold and rain! My vote goes to...

    Mr. Somebody Else. :)
  4. Lotterer of course ;)
  5. what beautiful weather it is in Spa...Said no one ever, as Brundle said a nice Quali cloud coming over the track :)
  6. Eau Rooooooooooooouge
  7. why on Earth did Lewis go so slow through last two corners, how on earth will waiting an extra 3 seconds make a difference to the track, going 3 seconds slower won't change the track as much as it would cool your tyres down surely
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  9. Lotterer in front of Ericsson by 1 second, are you kidding me ? please replace Ericsson by Kobayashi :laugh:
  10. F1 drivers will be glad there wasn't a big accident causing a 30 or 40 minute delay after watching start of GP2
  11. Alonso a full second quicker than Raikonnen at Spa and in the rain, then again it's just Alonso being Alonso. Like when Schu and Senna used to do the same. Doesn't even surprise me anymore after what he does year after year, weekend after weekend, lap after lap.
  12. Frederic Schornstein

    Frederic Schornstein
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    I dont think it is Alonso being a god this season, but Kimi not being happy in the car ;)
  13. "There are five Belgian Grand Prix winners entered this weekend. Felipe Massa won in 2008, Lewis Hamilton in 2010, Sebastian Vettel in 2011 and 2013 and Hamilton again in 2012"

    No, it's wrong. Correct it please. In 2012 Jenson Button won the belgian grand prix. Lewis retired in the first corner thanks to Grosjean.
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  14. Is there anywhere I can see a full replay of the qualifying? I'm yet to miss one :(
  15. Bram

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    Hamilton: "Nico hit me!"

    Thats a way of putting it.
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  16. Milos

    Had things gone my way, who knows.. Premium Member

    #SoDone 5 sec pen for Alonso :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
    Bianchi lost the front wing on the first lap
    Disasterous race :cry:

    Well, at least Merc has problems. Go Valteri!
  17. Oooohhh, that's what I like to see: a Finn fighting another Finn and a half-Finn for 3rd position at race finish all the way untill the finish :sneaky:
    EDIT: Ahh, nvm - the kinda-Finn spoiled the fun by going 2nd...
  18. Engine isn't a concern, are Mercedes having a laugh or something?
  19. Milos

    Had things gone my way, who knows.. Premium Member

    Charlie, if Alonso got a penalty for such a stupid thing like that, then Magnussen should get 2 of those for accidents with Alonso
  20. Battle for 5th was epic :D
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