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Spa – The Inside Line

Spa – The Inside Line

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)

"Belgium has recently been rated by fans as the most popular race on the calendar and it’s easy to see why. It’s a phenomenal circuit, with significant elevation changes, challenging corners and plenty of opportunity for overtaking. This is a race which is usually spiced up by the weather, with rain producing some classic Grands Prix over the years. It’s the longest lap of the season, so if conditions change just at the wrong moment there’s a long way to tiptoe back for a tyre change – often leading to significant shake-ups in the order. It’s a good overall test of a car, with a strong aero package required for the high-speed content and good power necessary for the long straights and numerous climbs. Spa also sits with Monza as one of two circuits where we will see specific low drag configurations – although not to the extent of that seen in Italy. After a well-earned break, we’re all looking forward to kicking off the second half of the season and aiming to do so with a strong performance."

Timetable

Session CEST (Local Time) UTC (-2 Hours)
Practice 1 10:00 - 11:30 08:00 - 09:30
Practice 2 14:00 - 15:30 12:00 - 13:30
Practice 3 11:00 - 12:00 09:00 - 10:00
Qualifying 14:00 - 15:00 12:00 - 13:00
Race 14:00 12:00

Race Characteristics (2005 - 2014)*

Races Featuring Safety Car 5
Total Safety Car Deployments 6
Historical Safety Car Probability / Ratio 56% / 67%
Winners from Pole Position 3
Lowest Winning Grid Position P6 (2009)
Climate Variable
Historical Weekend Temperature Range 13 - 33°C
Rain Affected Sessions 24
Rain Affected Races 2
Historical Wet Race Probability 20%

*No Belgian Grand Prix Held in 2006

2014 Statistics

Fastest Lap P1 1:51.577 (ROS)
Fastest Lap P2 1:49.189 (HAM)
Fastest Lap P3 1:49.465 (BOT)
Fastest Lap Q1 2:07.130 (ROS)
Fastest Lap Q2 2:06.609 (HAM)
Fastest Lap Q3 2:05.591 (ROS)
Delta P1 to Q3 + 14.021**
Delta Q1 to Q3 - 1.539
Fastest Race Lap 1:50.511 (ROS)
Winning Race Time 1:24'36.556
Winning Average Speed 218.453 km/h
Race Speed Trap 314.1 km/h
Podium RIC / ROS / BOT
Winning Strategy 2 Stops (L11 / 27)
Total Race Pit Stops 46
Total Normal Overtakes 20
Total DRS Overtakes 26
Not Classified 5 (3 Mechanical)

**Wet Qualifying Session

107% Sample Times

1:47.000 1:54.490
1:47.500 1:55.025
1:48.000 1:55.560
1:48.500 1:56.095
1:49.000 1:56.630
1:49.500 1:57.165
1:50.000 1:57.700
1:50.500 1:58.235
1:51.000 1:58.770
1:51.500 1:59.305

To find out more about the Belgian Grand Prix, click here.

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