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Formula One Belgium Grand Prix Preview

Formula One Belgium Grand Prix Preview

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The race preview for this weekend's race in Belgium.
The race preview for this weekend's race in Belgium.

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Race Preview 
2013 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
 23 - 25 AUGUST 2013
The magnificent Spa-Francorchampscircuit welcomes Formula One backfrom its summer break for theBelgian Grand Prix, round 11 of the2013 FIA F1 World Championship.With nine races in the next 14 weeksthe second half the season packs alot of action into a short space of time.The championships are delicatelypoised: Sebastian Vettel and RedBull Racing hold the lead in their respective competitions but thechasing pack has stayed withinrange. A good run of form now couldsee the world champion and hisMilton Keynes-based squad build anunassailable position, while poor races here and in Italy
 –
neither of which have been strong for RBR inrecent history
 –
will set up a furiousfinish to the season.Spa-Francorchamps provides athorough test of man and machine.The sweeping curves, high speedsand roller-coaster profile make thiscircuit a firm favourite with drivers buta headache for engineers who haveto find a workable compromisebetween very different demands. Doyou bring a low-downforce packagefor the fast first and third sectors andlose time in the make-or-breakmiddle part of the lap or go for higher downforce and potentially be a sitting
CIRCUIT DATA
 SPA-FRANCORCHAMPSLength of lap:
 7.004km
Lap record:
 1:47.263
(Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing, 2009)
 
Start line/finish line offset:
 0.124km
Total number of race laps:
 44
Total race distance:
 308.052km
Pitlane speed limits:
 80km/h throughout the entire event weekend.
CHANGES TO THE CIRCUIT SINCE 2012
The tyre barriers around the outside of Turns 3 and 4 have been renewed.
Additional kerbs, 50mm above the existingkerbs, will be installed behind the kerbs on theapex of Turns 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 15.
DRS ZONES
 
There will be a two DRS zones in Belgium.The detection point for the first zone will be240m before Turn 2, with the activation point310m after Turn 4. The second detection pointwill be 160m before Turn 18, with theactivation point 30m after Turn 19.
 
duck for overtaking on the long, fastKemmel straight? Over the years theadvantage has swung back andforth.Pirelli are bringing their two hardestcompounds to the Ardennes, as wasthe case in 2012. Last year JensonButton won with a one-stop strategy,while the majority of the field,including third-placed KimiRäikkönen, opted for two. Of courseSpa is one of the most-likely F1venues to see the intermediate or full-wet tyres in action, and with rain
forecast for the weekend there’s
every chance of seeing another classic, chaotic Belgian Grand Prix.
Belgian GP 
 
Fast Facts 
► Spa was one of the venues
for the inaugural F1 WorldChampionship season in1950. It has been the circuitused for the bulk of BelgianGrands Prix, hosting the racefor 45 of its 57 runnings.
► Sebastian Vettel leads the
World Championship after theHungarian Grand Prix. Thistraditionally has been a pointat which championshippotential is assessed,regardless of the number of races that follow. Recenthistory suggests the leader after Hungary is rarelyoverhauled. In the last 13seasons, only four times hasthe lead been relinquished.Michael Schumacher trailedMika Häkkinen in 2000, KimiRäikkönen was third in 2007with Lewis Hamilton leading,and Vettel himself lay third inboth 2010 and 2012, MarkWebber and Fernando Alonsorespectively spending thesummer break on top.
► The calendar has become
increasingly back-loaded inrecent years. The BelgianGrand Prix used to herald thebeginning of the run-in to theend of the season with threeor four races (depending onwhether it preceded or followed the Italian GrandPrix) coming after. Eightfurther grand prix will followSpa in 2013.
► Michael Schumacher 
reigns supreme at Spa-Franchorchamps with sixvictories (1992, 1995-97,2001-02). He made his F1debut at Spa in 1991 andcame back to record his firstF1 victory a year later.Victory in 2001 was
Schumacher’s 52nd,
overtaking Alain Prost at thetop of the order. He refers to
it affectionately as his ‘livingroom’. In 2012 it was the
venue for his 300th GrandPrix.
► The 2012 Belgian Grand
Prix marked the end of anunusual run for another world champion.
Räikkönen’s F1 record at
Spa prior to this saw theFinn either win or fail tofinish every time he came tothe famous circuit. WithSauber in 2001 he failed toget off the line. He had anengine failure with McLarenin 2002 and spun off in thefinal laps while dicing for the
lead in 2008. He’s won the
race in 2003-05 and 2009.
His ’04 and ’09 victories
came in uncompetitive carsthat failed to record other wins in those seasons. In2012 he could only managethird
 –
which nevertheless
means he’s been on the
podium at every Belgium
Grand Prix ever time he’s
seen the chequered flag.
► Ferrari are the most successful
constructor in Belgium with 16 victories to
McLaren’s 14. Both, however, have won
the race a dozen times at Spa-Franchorchamps.
► McLaren share with Lotus the distinction
of having won the Belgian Grand Prix at allthree venues to host it. In addition to their 12 wins at Spa, McLaren have a JohnWatson victory at Zolder in 1982, whileEmerson Fittipaldi triumphed at Nivelles in1974. The only other grand prix theNivelles circuit was also won by Fittipaldi,driving for Lotus in 1972, for whom Gunnar Nilsson (1977) and Mario Andretti (1978)won at Zolder, while Jim Clark (1962-65))and Ayrton Senna (1985) triumphed atSpa.
Belgian GP Race StewardsBiographies 
LARS ÖSTERLIND
 FIA WORLD COUNCIL MEMBER; HONORARYPRESIDENT OF THE SWEDISH AUTOMOBILE SPORTFEDERATION
Lars Österlind is a highly experienced FIA steward who hasofficiated at more than 100 grands prix and a similar number of World Rally Championship rounds. A social sciencesgraduate and lifelong motor sport enthusiast, Österlind wasPresident of the Swedish Rally Commission from 1978-1982,

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