F1: Racing Resumes This Weekend, Ferrari Out To Win at Spa

F1: Racing Resumes This Weekend, Ferrari Out To Win at Spa

F1: Racing Resumes This Weekend, Ferrari Out To Win at Spa


Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) hopes to return to winning ways in Belgium, where they and Kimi Raikkonen have thrived before. .

F1 returns from its mid-season break at Spa-Francorchamps with MercedesAMG’s defending world champion Lewis Hamilton again leading the drivers’ championship and Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel close behind.

Mr. Hamilton is enjoying very good form, but The Scuderia’s pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen (Kimi is on a strong streak) close challengers.

The Belgian Grand Prix is an event where Ferrari have dominated in the past, although the Maranello Outfit’s team are currently seeing a more difficult run of results at Spa.

Using Opta data to assess the records of Messrs Hamilton, Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and others, I show you the Key numbers from Belgium, as follows:

1. – In the last 10 Belgian GPs, no driver has won consecutive races. Mr. Raikkonen, 3 between 2004 and 2007, was the last driver to win in successive years.

2 – Lewis Hamilton’s current winning run. He has not won 3 in a row yet this season. The Silver Arrow driver has also won on 2 of his last 3 trips to Belgium.

3 – The last 3 races at Spa-Francorchamps have been won by the MercedesAMG driver starting from Pole position (Hamilton Y 2015 and Y 2017, Nico Rosberg Y 2016).

4 – Mr. Raikkonen’s wins at the Belgian GP. Only Michael Schumacher (6) and Ayrton Senna (5) have more victories.

5 – Consecutive races this season with Mr. Raikkonen on the podium. This is his longest run since Y 2007 (7) when he won the title.

16 – Ferrari have won more races at the Belgian GP than any other team. They have not won since Mr. Raikkonen’s victory in Y 2009, though.

44 – Mr. Alonso’s points this season, just 10 fewer than in Y 2016, which was his best campaign since returning to McLaren.

46 – Ferrari have recorded more podiums at the Belgian GP than another other team. McLaren have the 2nd most, 18 fewer than the iconic Italian team.

The circuit

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps course was built in Y 1921 to accommodate Grand Prix racing

After the success of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in Y 1923, a 24-hour endurance race was run at the Spa track, but it has frequented the F1 calendar for over 60 years.

Spa is known for its unpredictable weather; at one stage, it had rained at the Belgian Grand Prix for 20 years running.

Because of the size of the circuit drivers can drive on a half of the course that is clear and bright, while the other half of the circuit is rainy and slippery.


FP1:  Friday, 24 August  7:00p

FP2:  Friday, 24 August 11:00p

FP3: Saturday, 24 August 8:00p

Qualifying: Saturday, 25 August 11:00p

Race: Sunday, 24 August 11.10p

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