Seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher and Spa-Francorchamps, which has always been his favourite racetrack, have something in common that is connected to the number seven.
The Mercedes GP driver, who made his Formula One debut at Spa in 1991 after qualifying seventh in a Jordan for the Belgian Grand Prix, won his seventh World Drivers' Championship title at Spa in 2004.
“For some reason, the number seven is somehow connected with me in Spa, so there is a further special feeling here”, Schumacher said after finishing 2010 Belgian Grand Prix in seventh place. The German driver started from 21st and moved up seven places on the first lap.
Schumacher won his first Formula One race at Spa in 1992 and took other six victories there in his Formula One career, but he was disqualified from first place in 1994 due to an illegal plank.
Only World Champions have been multiple winners of the Belgian Grand Prix: Ayrton Senna won it five times, Jim Clark was unbeaten from 1962 to 1965, while Kimi Räikkönen is also a four-time winner. Juan Manuel Fangio and Damon Hill won Belgian GP three times, while Alberto Ascari, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda and, Alain Prost are two-time winners.