The Belgian Grand Prix, the first race after Formula One's summer break, takes place at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes region this weekend.
Spa features the longest full-throttle period of the season at 22.7s and 1.84 km from Turns 1 to 5. Engines are at full throttle for 72% of the lap with 11 of the 14 corners taken in fourth gear or higher.
At 7.004 km, the lap at Spa is 2.1 times longer than at the season's shortest venue, Monaco (3.340 km). This circuit has a 75% risk of a Safety Car deployment, placing it in the 'very high' risk category.
For Ross, “after a well-deserved summer break, the factory has been a hive of activity this week as we prepare for the Belgian Grand Prix and the start of the second half of the Formula One season. There has been a lot of work to achieve in a very short time to make sure we are ready for the weekend and everyone has been working hard.
Both Nico and Lewis have been in the factory with us this week to start our preparations on the simulator and both are raring to get back into the car again. Spa is one of Formula One's most historic circuits with its characteristics loved by drivers, fans and the teams alike, and we often see some exciting and dramatic racing there.
As usual, we will have a unique aerodynamic package adapted to the Spa layout. We finished the first half of the season on a high and will be aiming for an equally strong second half.”
“Our first half of the season exceeded expectations but we will continue to work hard and to improve performance further in the second half” says Toto ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix.
“On paper, Spa is a circuit that should suit our car, and Nico and Lewis will be at their best on a real driver's circuit. We have a strong all-round package at the moment and good momentum after our win in Hungary.
However, everybody will bring a special low-drag package for this circuit, so we won't know who has found the best compromise before we start running on Friday.
We cannot take anything for granted in terms of performance and Spa is always a demanding circuit for reliability. The key will be to do our homework well in practice in order to achieve a strong race result for the team.”