25 August: Practice 1 (10:00) / Practice 2 (14:00)
26 August: Practice 3 (11:00) / Qualifying (14:00)
27 August: Race (14:00)
Track: Circuit de Spa Francorchamps
Location: Spa, Belgium
First race: 1950
Length: 7.004 km/ 4.352 m
Fastest lap: 1:47.263 (Sebastian Vettel, 2009)
2016 winner: Nico Rosberg
After a six-week summer break, F1 returns this week with the Belgium Grand Prix.
One of the most famous and popular races it is seen in the same light as Monaco as well as being one of the only original 1950 races.
This Belgium will get its own home start for the first time in a long time in the form of Stoffel Vandoorne and with the country bordering the Netherlands it is expected to be s sell out crowd for Max Verstappen.
And this is the one race neither of them wants to retire from. Both have suffered multiple engine and mechanical failures, Vandoorne with the Honda engine and Verstappen with the Renault, although it would appear as though he is getting all the bad luck with teammate Ricciardo having a string of podiums and a win already.
For Vandoorne and Mclaren in general, this is a very power sensitive track in that it has two huge long straights where they are likely to struggle for pace.
As for the championship fight, Vettel’sformer boss Christian Horner has tipped him for the title saying he can really up his game when it gets to the business end of the season.
Horner was team principal for Vettel throughout his 2010-13 championship streak, which saw him win all 9 races after the break in 2013.
Back to 2017 and that is very unlikely but I can’t see the tense rivalry between Vettel and Hamilton going away and I expect it to go much the same this time round.
Although Ferrari is on the edge of grid penalties with both drivers Nearing or in their 4th of some components. They could decide to take all those penalties at one race they are likely to be strong at.
If you remember this exactly what Mercedes did with Hamilton in Belgium last year taking multiple penalties at once and still coming through for a podium, a result that surprised even the team.
Palmer seriously needs to up his game here, Renault themselves have said so and there were rumours he may have been replaced by Robert Kubica at Hungary. That didn’t happen but there are suspicions it may happen in Belgium and there is still time.
Overall I think it will be a good race and one more thing,
Eau Rouge is gonna be mental.
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