19 August 2015
Stats & Facts on the Belgian Grand Prix
The Belgian Grand Prix is known as one of the greatest F1 fixtures in the calendar. The GP is held in Spa-Francorchamps, known for its water. The Romans discovered the natural springs and people still visit today for hydrotherapy reasons. Water is so import to the GP one of the most deadly corners is called ‘Pouhon’ which translates to water-well, as the venue is 8 miles out of the city it does seem to have its own microclimate however rain tyres are never far away at the Belgian GP.
“The great thing about Spa-Francorchamps is that it hasn’t changed over the years,” says three-time world champion Niki Lauda. “The track is an old-style circuit and is still a great challenge to the drivers, and the surrounding area hasn’t been built all over and is still very beautiful. I enjoy coming here.”
Cities Liege and Brussels are a 40-minute and two-hour drive respectively, so there is something for everyone at this world renowned event. At almost 7 kilometers this is one of the longest circuits in F1, the ticket price therefore may seem steep but you do get a long of course for your buck.
Take a look at our stats and facts of the Belgian GP below and don’t forget to watch Ricciardo defending his title on Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2015. Hamilton will be striving to make his mark after being hit by Rosberg in 2014. Enjoy.
Circuit length: 7.004km/4.352 miles
Race distance: 308.052km/191.414miles
Lap record: 1:47.263 by Sebastian Vettel (2009)
First Grand Prix: 1950
Number of corners: 19 (10 left/9 right)
Tyre compounds to be used: hard/medium
Overtaking chance: medium-low
Engine severity: very high
Brake wear severity: low
Average lap speed: 222kph (137.944mph)
Full throttle per lap: 80%
Gear changes per lap: 48 (race = 2112)
Total race pit stops: 52
Total ‘normal’ overtakes: 41
Total DRS overtakes: 24
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd August 2015 | Race Timings:
Practice 1 | Friday: 10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2 | Friday: 14:00 – 15:30
Practice 3 |Saturday: 11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying | Saturday: 14:00 – 15:00
Final Race | Sunday: 14:00 – 16:00
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