The Formula One circuit moves once again in Spa-Francorchamps ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix, with Hamilton and Verstappen chasing it. Giulio Magliano looks ahead to the action from Stavelot.
Where is the Belgian Grand Prix held?
The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is in Stavelot and is the home of the current Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, which has held Grand Prix races since 1983
What is the schedule for the Belgian Grand Prix?
Friday – Practice 1 – 10:00 GMT, Practice 2 – 14:00 GMT
Saturday – Practice 3 – 11:00 GMT, Qualifying – 14:00 GMT
Sunday – Pre-Race Show – 13:10 GMT, Race – 14:10 GMT, Post-Race Show – 16:10 GMT
What are the current standings for the F1 Drivers?
What are the current standings for the F1 Construction Teams?
- Red Bull
- Racing Point
- Alfa Romeo
The drivers will once again attempt to race on the Belgian circuit to narrow the gap between Mercedes’ Hamilton, who has set an all-time F1 record with his 156th podium. Mercedes have been dominating the F1 season ever since it started in July, with Hamilton leading by 37 points. However, Mercedes hasn’t won in Belgium since 2017 and believe they have “unfinished business” they have to take care of.
Hamilton’s ‘Party Mode’ will finally end
The FIA has confirmed that the qualifying engine power boost – a setting Hamilton, previously referred to as “Party Mode”, will set aside after this weekend’s race. The mode previously assisted the Mercedes team by leading with an astounding 1-lap advantage in most races. The decision will satisfy Mercedes’ rivals as they will exploit that opportunity to challenge the dominant team.
This week all the F1 one teams have officially signed the Concorde agreement, so all 10 teams have committed their futures in F1 until 2025. These rules help to make the motor sport fairer. They will disperse the prize money.
Verstappen and Bottas’ Uprising
The only hurdle that seems to hold back the chances for Mercedes to win their 7th Championship is Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Verstappen drove brilliantly at Silverstone when he gained the chequered flag after Mercedes’ tyres struggled during the race. Even Hamilton’s team mate would like to shine in Stavelot and take the trophy home with him after Verstappen surpassed him in the driver standings. Like Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps is one of the fastest and most exhilarating tracks on this year’s calendar, and either driver will be ready to strike if Hamilton loses his focus.
News of Ferrari, Racing Point and the Rest
This will arguably be the most struggling year for the Ferrari team. Both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel have failed to perform in previous races as Ferrari have been struggling with their power unit for quite some time. The team has identified the issue, but the lack of pace still inclined means they are likely to struggle once more. Leclerc won the Belgian Grand Prix last year, which was a very special moment for him.
Racing Point have startled the F1 world this season by displaying their greatest ever performance in every single race by regularly finishing in podium positions. Sergio Perez will be back for Racing Point after testing positive for COVID 19 and undergoing an exhausting 14-day period of quarantine, and would probably want to prove a point on Sunday.
McLaren and Renault have also had some positive results, with Lando Norris making his first podium in Austria and having persistent results. Also Ricciardo has achieved some positive performances at Silverstone, but it also fluctuates with him not even making the top 10 sometimes.
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