2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix

Aug. 27, 2017 2 p.m. (local time)
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Circuit Length 7004 km km
Laps 44
Race Distance 308.052 km
Lap Record 1:47.263 - S Vettel (2009)

Mercedes-Benz at the Belgium Grand Prix

Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit is among the most historic on the Formula One calendar, having hosted a Grand Prix as long ago as 1924. Run on narrow public roads, the original Spa layout was a colossal 14.9 kilometres long and notoriously dangerous. Lap distance was reduced slightly over subsequent years and some corners eased, but when the 'old' layout staged its final Grand Prix in 1970 it still measured just over 14 kilometres.

Spa did not return to the calendar until 1983 and then in drastically revised form, with lap distance cut to just under seven kilometres. However, the circuit's magic was retained. Around two thirds of the lap used the original layout and the legendary Eau Rouge corner remained intact.

More than twenty years on, Spa remains the longest circuit on the Formula One calendar. Its mix of long straights and challenging fast corners, coupled with a picturesque setting, sees most drivers rank it amongst their favourite tracks. Integral to the challenge is the fearsome Eau Rouge which, with its high speed and sudden elevation change, maintains its reputation as one of the world's most technically demanding corners. The weather is notoriously changeable too, with the Ardennes micro-climate meaning it can often be simultaneously raining on one part of the track and dry on another.

Silver Arrows Mercedes-Benz Power
Wins 3 9
Podiums 8 23
Pole Positions 4 11
Front Row Starts 7 20
Fastest Laps 4 7
Starts 8 22

2017 Information


Session Local Time (CEST) Brackley (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice 1 - Friday 10:00-11:30 09:00-10:30 10:00-11:30
Practice 2 - Friday 14:00-15:30 13:00-14:30 14:00-15:30
Practice 3 - Saturday 11:00-12:00 10:00-11:00 11:00-12:00
Qualifying - Saturday 14:00-15:00 13:00-14:00 14:00-15:00
Race - Sunday 14:00-16:00 13:00-15:00 14:00-16:00

Other information

2017 Tyre Compounds Ultrasoft / Supersoft / Soft

Circuit Characteristics

Circuit Length 7.004 km
Race Laps 44
Race Distance 308.052 km
Lap Record 1:47.263
Record Holder VET (2009)
Distance from Pole to Turn 1 Apex 270.8 m
Pit Lane Length Under Speed Limit Control 385.7 m
Pit Lane Time at 80 km/h 17.36 s
Number of Corners 19 (10L / 9R)
Highest Lateral G 4.6 (T3)
%of Lap/Lap Distance at Full Throttle 57% / 70%
Fuel Consumption (1 = Low/ 3 =High) 1
Braking Events 7 (3 Heavy)
Brake Energy Medium
Track Evolution (P1 - Qualifying) Low
DRS Zones T 4-5 / 18-1
Key Overtaking Opportunities T 5/18

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