Tech Talk: Spa

Tech Talk: Spa

Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical)
Spa is one of the truly great Formula One venues, with long straights, a range of high-speed corners and significant elevation change creating spectacular racing and making it tough to find the best setup. You need a car which is quick through the corners for good lap time – but the long Kemmel straight leaves drivers prone to overtaking if they’re carrying too much drag. The speed they can carry through Eau Rouge is also crucial, with significant compression through this corner a notable setup consideration. Today, with the Hybrid systems, energy management also comes into play. Drivers must manage the lap wisely to protect against attack from behind and give themselves the best chance of making a pass themselves. There is so much variety and opportunity in the circuit. It’s a great formula and one which new venues should look to emulate. What’s more, thousands of enthusiastic fans from across Europe flock to this race and camp around the circuit. I have huge respect for them, as it can get very cold and wet out there. This is definitely a race which sorts the true fans from the glamour seekers! It’s important to get a good result here, as it’s a good test of all-round performance and sets you up for the rest of the season, so we’ll be pushing hard.

  • Formel 1 - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, Großer Preis von Deutschland 2016. Lewis Hamilton ;

    Formula One - MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS, German GP 2016. Lewis Hamilton ;

2016 Belgian Grand Prix Timetable

Session Local Time (CEST) Brackley (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30 09:00 – 10:30 10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30 13:00 – 14:30 14:00 – 15:30
Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00 10:00 – 11:00 11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying 14:00 – 15:00 13:00 – 14:00 14:00 – 15:00
Race 14:00 – 16:00 13:00 – 15:00 14:00 – 16:00 Forecast (Accurate as of Tuesday 23 August)

Day Temperature Conditions Precipitation Wind Humidity
Thursday 18 – 28°C Sunny 0% 17mph SSE 60%
Friday 18 – 29°C Sunny 10% 9mph SSW 61%
Saturday 19 – 29°C Sunny 10% 12mph SE 64%
Sunday 15 – 26°C Sunny 0% 17mph SSW 63%

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