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Belgium 2010 - Race information // The popular Spa-Francorchamps is the next stop on the calendar

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It's time for a blast through the hills and valleys of the Ardennes as Formula 1 returns to racing in style. The Belgian Grand Prix sees F1 bounce back from its self-imposed summer hiatus and what better venue than the 7k high stakes rollercoaster ride that is Spa-Francorchamps.

Event schedule

The usually quiet Thursday will likely see the paddock regulars swapping holiday snaps and catching up on missed news. Scrutineering will show whether revised front wing deflection tests have caught the regulation pushing Ferrari's or Red Bull's out.

Friday should offer a decent clue as to who's made the best of their revised aero configurations. Look out for Renault testing their brand new, but ultimately rather belated, f-duct. Kubica believes his chances on Sunday rest on the success of the device.

With the prospect of a wet qualifying session on the cards, Saturday afternoon is not to be missed, whilst the addition of artificial grass at turn one should make the opening laps on Sunday a little more tricky. With Kimi Räikkönen absent from the field this year, at least someone else has a chance to go for the win. Michael Schumacher carries a 10 place grid drop into this race, so expect him to start near or at the back of the pack.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionTime (GMT +0100)Time (Local)
27 AugustFridayFree Practice 109:0010:00
Free Practice 213:0014:00
28 AugustSaturdayFree Practice 310:0011:00
Qualifying13:0014:00
29 AugustSundayThe Race13:0014:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2, GP3, Formula BMW and Porsche Supercup.

The weather

Welcome to the world of the Belgium microclimate. Races at Spa bring with them a level of unpredictability, and that only adds to the entertainment. Thursday leading into Friday will likely see the worst of the weather, with cold but clear practice sessions expected. Saturday qualifying could be a wet one before more unsettled weather arrives on Sunday. In short, expect the unexpected.

rain

Francorchamps, Belgium, Friday

15℃

  • Low 8℃
  • Humidity 80%

Light rain

showers

Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday

16℃

  • Low 9℃
  • Humidity 63%

Light rain showers

showers

Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday

22℃

  • Low 11℃
  • Humidity 65%

Scattered showers

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps
LocationFrancorchamps
TimezoneGMT +0200
First Race1950
Total Grand Prix42
Laps44
Length7.004 km
Start / Finish Offset0.124 km

Spa offers drivers the longest lap of the season, and Bridgestone will be arriving with the hard and soft compound tyres for the weekend. Inclement weather would mean that both types may not be required during the race.

Thankfully the two overtaking opportunities (at Les Combes and the final chicane) during the lap, mean out of position drivers at least have a slim chance of making up places during the course of the afternoon.

Circuit Records
RecordTimeDriverTeamYear
Pole Position1m 45.994sKimi RäikkönenFerrari2007
Fastest Lap1m 47.263sSebastien VettelRed Bull2009
Race Time1hr 20m 39.066sKimi RäikkönenFerrari2007

Circuit map

Spa-Francorchamps Circuit Map
Spa-Francorchamps Circuit MapCredit: Bridgestone Corporation

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (Local)AttendeeRepresenting
Thursday15:00Sébastien BuemiToro Rosso
Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber
Lewis HamiltonMcLaren
Michael SchumacherMercedes
Sebastian VettelRed Bull
Friday16:00John BoothVirgin
Ross BrawnMercedes
Tony FernandesLotus
Martin WhitmarshMcLaren
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

Four stewards oversee a Formula 1 race weekend, two FIA stewards, together with one experienced former F1 driver and a steward representing the National Sporting Authority.

F1 Stewards
NamePositionRole
Lars ÖsterlindMember of the FIA World Motor Sport CouncilFIA Steward
Garry Connelly AMMember of FIA World Motor Sport CouncilFIA Steward
Yves BacquelainePresident Royal Automobile Club de Belgique SportRepresenting the National Sporting Authority
Nigel MansellFormula One World Champion 1992Former F1 Driver

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