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Race information - Belgium 2014 // Facts and figures for the legendary Spa-Francorchamps weekend

Published by Christine

There's no better race track to bring us back from the summer break than Spa-Francorchamps. Historic, legendary, a challenge for drivers and a beauty to look at for spectators, it has a little bit of everything. After four long weeks without Formula One, everyone is back, refreshed and ready for the second half of the season. Teams have everything to play for as the championship winds its way to a conclusion, and the championship battle remains open - within the top two, anyway.

Event schedule

Nico Rosberg leads the championship with eleven points over Mercedes teammate and rival Lewis Hamilton. It's the biggest the gap has been for a while, and the tensions were really getting high between the pair. Perhaps the summer break will have softened them, but more likely it's going to continue to be a strained relationship as things get really serious.

Further back, Kamui Kobayashi has been replaced for at least this one race. The Caterham will be piloted by André Lotterer who has spent time endurance racing and winning Le Mans. The team have said Kamui is still contracted, but it can't be a good sign to sit out a race.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
22 AugFridayFree Practice 109:00
GMT +01:00
10:00
GMT +02:00
Free Practice 213:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT +02:00
23 AugSaturdayFree Practice 310:00
GMT +01:00
11:00
GMT +02:00
Qualifying13:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT +02:00
24 AugSundayGrand Prix13:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT +02:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2, GP3 and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Expected conditions

You'll get no points for guessing there will be rain this weekend, it's usually damp at some point during the Belgian Grand Prix weekend. This year, the forecasts suggest a cloudy start to proceedings with rain moving in on Saturday and then the potential for some sunshine on Sunday.

Cool with periods of sunshine

Spa, Friday

16℃

  • Low 8℃
  • Humidity 73%

Cool with periods of sunshine

A few showers

Spa, Saturday

14℃

  • Low 8℃
  • Humidity 78%

A few showers

A blend of sunshine and clouds

Spa, Sunday

15℃

  • Low 7℃
  • Humidity 75%

A blend of sunshine and clouds

Track information

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps circuit map
DRS zones
DRS detection 1240m before turn 2
DRS activation 1310m after turn 4
DRS detection 2160m before turn 18
DRS activation 230m after turn 19

The difficulties of the Spa track are what make this one of the favourites of drivers and fans, old and new. The iconic Eau Rouge left-right sweep up the hill to a blind crest, the lengthy 7 kilometre track meaning conditions can be different at one end to the other, and the natural elevation changes all add up to make a highlight on the F1 calendar.

Eau Rouge is, of course, the most memorable part of the track and it's the first real obstacle drivers face on completing a lap. The first corner is the hairpin at La Source, which drops away downhill before straightening up for the steep climb back up again.

The track speeds up through the second sector, through chicanes and across the bumpy tarmac, before entering the final complex - a lack of straight track and a difficult chicane finish off the lap.

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps
LocationSpa
CountryBelgium
TimezoneGMT +01:00
Race debut1950
Laps44
Length7.004 km
Distance308.052 km
Line offset0.124 km

Spa-Francorchamps has hosted the Belgian Grand Prix for 46 of its 58 outings, the others being at Nivelles and Zolder in the 1970s and 80s. The track used to be closer to the end of the season, but as more and more races have been added behind it, the race is now more of a mid-calendar treat.

Ferrari are the most successful team to have raced at Belgium, with 16 wins to McLaren's 14. The Scuderia have won three of the last seven races, with McLaren and Red Bull scooping two each. Kimi Räikkönen also has a good history at the circuit, although Sebastian Vettel has had more recent good luck at Spa.

Results for the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:51.577
Free Practice 2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:49.189
Free Practice 3Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:49.465
QualifyingNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team2:05.591
Grand PrixDaniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:24:36.556
Fastest lapNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:50.511

Tyre compounds

Belgian Grand Prix tyre selection
Medium and soft compounds

One of the main problems or highlights of the Belgian race is that conditions are likely to be changeable. That can prove very difficult on the tyres, and although Pirelli have opted to bring the medium and soft compounds this weekend, we could very well see the intermediates and wets come into play.

An adaptable tyre is the key element, able to work equally well within the very wide range of track and weather conditions that we often see in Belgium. Despite the fact that tyre wear and degradation is traditionally high at Spa – the result of the multiple energy loadings put through the tyres – we have been able to nominate the soft tyres here as well as the medium for the first time since 2011.

- Paul Hembery

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
DayAttendeeRepresenting
ThursdayJules BianchiMarussia F1 Team
Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team
Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso
Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing
Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing
Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
FridayPat FryScuderia Ferrari
Andrew GreenSahara Force India F1 Team
Dave GreenwoodMarussia F1 Team
John IleyCaterham F1 Team
Adrian NeweyInfiniti Red Bull Racing
Rob SmedleyWilliams Martini Racing
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
Gerd EnnserMember of the DSMB's Executive Committee for Automobile Sport, and a Formula One and DTM steward.
Emanuele PirroF1 driver 1989-1991 for Benetton and Scuderia Italia, McLaren test driver and five-time Le Mans winner with Audi.
Vincenzo SpanoPresident of the Sporting Commission of the Automobile and Touring Club of Venezuela.

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