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 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