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    F1 2020 - G.P. Nº 7 - BÉLGICA

    FORMULA 1 TEMPORADA 2020 – GP Nº 7
    GRAN PREMIO DE BÉLGICA

    Spá
    Francorchamps

    SPA GRAND PRIX SA
    Route du Circuit, 38
    B-4970 FRANCORCHAMPS
    BELGIUM




    HORARIOS:
    Viernes 28 de Agosto :
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 1 :Horario Local : 11:00 a 12:30 - España :11:00 a 12:30 - GMT : 09:00 a 10:30
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 2 : Horario Local :15:00 a 16:30 - España :15:00 a 16:30 - GMT : 13:00 a 14:30

    Sábado 29 de Agosto :
    • Prácticas Libres, Sesión 3 : Horario Local : 12:00 a 13:00 - España :12:00 a 13:00 - GMT : 10:00 a 11:00
    • Clasificatorias de Parrilla de Salida : Horario Local :15:00 a 16:00 - España :15:00 a 16:00 - GMT : 13:00 a 14:00

    Domingo 30 de Agosto :
    CARRERA
    :
    Horario Local: 15:10 - España: 15:10 - GMT: 13:10

















    Datos Básicos de Pista

    • Fecha de creación: 1950
    • Primer Gran Premio de F1: 10/06/1950
    • Grandes Premios organizados: 52
    • Capacidad de espectadores: 70000
    • Longitud oficial:7.004 metros. / 4,352 millas


    • Longitud oficial:7.004 metros. / 4,352 millas
    • Número de vueltas: 44.
    • Sentido de giro: Derechas (horario).
    • Longitud total de carrera: 308,052km / 191,410 millas.
    • Longitud rodadura: 6.949metros.
    • Compensación de linea de salida: 124 m.
    • Curvas oficiales: 19.
    • Curvas reales: 19.
    • Curvas oficiales a derecha: 10.
    • Curvas oficiales a izquierda: 10.
    • [Curvas reales a derecha: 9.
    • Curvas reales a izquierda: 9.

    • % de vuelta con acelerador a fondo: 70%.
    • % de vuelta usando freno: 14%.
    • % de uso de ERS por vuelta: 30%.
    • Consumo por vuelta: 2,27 Kg.
    • Consumo por vuelta: 3,03 l.
    • Penalización por vuelta de combustible: 0,089 s.
    • Demora por cada 10Kg de carga: 0,394 s.
    • Tiempo de entrada y salida de pits (sin repostar): 21 s.
    • Distancia desde la salida hasta la primera frenada: 140 m.
    • Tiempo de vuelta de referencia: 1:44,512.


    • Carga aerodinámica: Media
    • Dureza / Desgaste de frenos: Bajo
    • Agarre del asfalto: Medio-Bajo
    • Tipo de neumático: Duro-Medio
    • Desgaste de neumáticos: Medio
    • [SIZE=2]Tipos de Neumáticos suministrados por Pirelli:


      Selección de neumáticos de los pilotos:
    • Brembo. La frenada más dura de Spá-Francorchamps:


    • Ventana Pit Stop a 1 parada : vueltas 23 a 29
    • Ventana Pit Stop a 2 paradas : vueltas 15 a 20 y 27 a 33
    • Ventana Pit Stop a 3 paradas : vueltas 9 a 12 , 18 a 22 y 29 a 34


    Mejor vuelta V. Bottas - 1:46,286 (Mercedes 2018)
    Mejor pole C. Leclerc - 1:42,519 (Ferrari 2019)
    Pole 2019 : C. Leclerc - 1:42,519 (Ferrari)
    Vuelta Rápida 2019 : S. Vettel - 1:46,409 (Ferrari)
    Podium 2019 : 1º C. Leclerc ; 2º L. Hamilton ; 3º V. Bottas[/B]



    Piloto con más Poles: 5 L. Hamilton
    Escudería con más Poles: [B]11 McLaren/B]
    Piloto con más victorias: 6 M. Schumacher
    Escudería con más Victorias: 14 Ferrari

    Alguersuari nos enseña la pista de Spá en el simulador de Red Bull:


    Clasificatorias Spá-Francorchamps 2019 High Lights:


    Vuelta OnBoard de la pole de Leclerc el pasado año 2019:


    Spá-Francorchamps 2019 High Lights:


    Spá-Francorchamps 2019 Mejores OnBoards:


    Notas de Pedro de la Rosa:



    El Gran Premio de Bélgica se celebra anualmente en el mítico circuito de Spa-Francorchamps.

    Caracterizado por un clima impredecible y su gran longitud, es el circuito más largo del campeonato.

    Es un gran premio considerado clásico, debido a que desde 1925 se disputan carreras en este trazado belga, siendo una cita casi obligada del calendario. En su historia ha alternado apariciones con los circuitos de Zolder y Nivelles-Baulers a lo largo de los años, pero con la definitiva continuidad de Spa.

    Entró en el mundial en el año 1950 con la primera carrera ganada por Juan Manuel Fangio. El GP del año 1982 se recuerda como un día negro por la muerte del gran Gilles Villeneuve en la vuelta de calificación en el trazado de Zolder. Históricamente Spa cuenta con la colisión de coches más grande de la F1, en 1998, donde se vieron involucrados muchísimos coches, más de la mitad de la parrilla.

    El circuito de Spa se ha reducido en los últimos años de su longitud original de 14.9 kilometros, pero sigue siendo la pista más larga en el calendario. La vuelta de 7.004 kilometros actual conserva gran parte de su carácter original y sigue las ondulaciones naturales de la región de las Ardenas.

    La pista de enormes proporciones en las Ardenas belgas es la favorita de los pilotos y los aficionados. La naturaleza de alta velocidad de la pista también presenta un importante reto para los ingenieros.

    El circuito está dominado por las rectas de principio y final de vuelta, con una sección central virada entre las curvas 5 a 14. Curvas rápidas y radicales, incluyendo a la legendaria Eau Rouge, uno de los lugares favoritos de muchos de los pilotos de la Fórmula Uno.

    Climatológicamente es el circuito más especial y extraño que se encuentra en el campeonato, con lo que en una parte del circuito puede hacer sol y en otra llover intensamente provocando carreras alocadas y divertidas para el espectador.


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    PALMARÉS

    2019 : C. Leclerc (Ferrari)
    2018 : S. Vettel (Ferrari)
    2017 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2016 : N. Rosberg (Mercedes)
    2015 : L. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2014 : D. Ricciardo (Red Bull)
    2013 : S. Vettel (Red Bull)
    2012 : M. Webber (Red Bull)
    2011 : S. Vettel (Red Bull)
    2010 : M. Webber (Red Bull)
    2009 : K. Raïkkönen (Ferrari)
    2008 : F. Massa (Ferrari)
    2007 : K. Raïkkönen (Ferrari)
    2006 : Cancelado
    2005 : K. Raïkkönen (McLaren)
    2004 : K. Raïkkönen (McLaren)
    2002 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2001 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    2000 : M. Hakkinen (McLaren)
    1999 : D. Coulthard (McLaren)
    1998 : D. Hill (Jordan)
    1997 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    1996 : M. Schumacher (Ferrari)
    1995 : M. Schumacher (Benetton)
    1994 : D. Hill (Williams)
    1993 : D. Hill (Williams)
    1992 : M. Schumacher (Benetton)
    1991 : A. Senna (McLaren)
    1990 : A. Senna (McLaren)
    1989 : A. Senna (McLaren)
    1988 : A. Senna (McLaren)
    1987 : A. Prost (McLaren)
    1986 : N. Mansell (Williams)
    1985 : A. Senna (Lotus)
    1984 : M. Alboreto (Ferrari)
    1983 : A. Prost (Renault)
    1982 : J. Watson (McLaren)
    1981 : C. Reutemann (Williams)
    1980 : D. Pironi (Ligier)


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    Presiones y cámber:
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    Muchas gracias, McH.

    Siempre es un placer que llegue SPA. Ojala nos regale una buena carrera.

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    De naaaaaaaaaaaaaa (que no aprendeeemooooos )

    Puede que tengamos entretenimiento extra, o mejor dicho ... "mixto o intermedio"
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    hola a todos, soy nuevo por aca, le tengo fe a que los ferrari mejoren, sobre todo el coche de vettel, no se merece lo que le esta aplicando el equipo ahora

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    Bienvenido Hernán

    Sobre Vettel y Ferrari, si quieres te miento , pero no quisiera.

    No es que el equipo quiera que Vettel no gane o logre podios, o que quieran que Charles gane a Sebastian.
    Lo que quieren es que los dos consigan el máximo posible, nadie quiere perder puntos, ni salir en las noticias por roturas o accidentes, sería totalmente de estúpidos, y seguro que no lo son.

    Son cosas distintas, aunque como siempre ocurre en los malos momentos, coinciden, son las sempiternas leyes de Murphy (que no se deben olvidar nunca).

    Ferrari:
    Directamente, el motor sin "los esteroides" del apasado año, no da la potencia necesaria en la forma necesaria, poca en bajas rpm, demasiado brusco el incremento, y una caida muy abrupta en altas (manteniendo el consumo máximo preciso).
    Si a lo anterior, le añades un diseño aero fallido (aquello de que "el papel lo aguanta todo", todo sale muy bien, pero en la realidad es otra cosa) ...

    Vettel:
    El coche es muy brusco y nervioso de la trasera, y eso nunca le dió confianza a Vettel (con ningún auto), lo que hace que Vettel dude más y no apure el límite de la estabilidad, lo que hace que Charles le termine sacando ventaja, que lleva a que Vettel y su equipo no tengan claro por dónde buscar ese poco más que les hace falta, lo que fácilmente lleva a leves desajustes que en lugar de mejorar, empeoran, lo que hace más complicado buscar confianza en el comportamiento del coche... y vuelta a empezar...

    A Leclerc le molesta menos ir sobrevirando un poco (remarco el poco, porque es una línea muy muy fina) , lo que le concede una ventaja en confianza de pilotaje. Nadie quiere tener accidentes, y estos siempre vienen después de un exceso de confianza ...


    Y no quiero ni pensar en las guerras de clanes, familias, política y poder en Ferrari ... que siempre surjen también en los peores momentos. Los laureles les van bien a todos, pero los palos... ...

    Lo bueno (desde su punto de vista), es que a los rivales se les van quitando "detalles" que les suponen una serie de ventajas.
    Yo no mejoro, pero si tu empeoras...

    Duro, pero aunque lo pinten de verde, o lo digan en sánscrito, la realidad es muy tozuda.

    johé... me voy a cambiar el nick a ... ... el "sin 0"

    Lo dicho Hernán, bienvenido y espero que disfrutes
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    Veremos si esto no tiene influencia en la parrilla de este GP:

    @NBA

    The NBA and the NBPA today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games – MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Veremos si esto no tiene influencia en la parrilla de este GP:
    @NBA
    The NBA and the NBPA today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games – MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.
    Yo creo que no tendrá influencia alguna en cuanto a la parrilla , aunque seguro que habrá función especial de Hamilton X
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    Albert Fabrega @AlbertFabrega · 47s


    Mercedes añade 3 deflectores verticales delante de la rueda posterior.

    Mercedes added 3 vertical deflectors in front of the rear wheel.



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    nicolas carpentiers @NicolasF1i · 2h


    For the #BelgianGP, Alfa Romeo will test a slightly modified diffuser, with one of the fences trimed (compare yellow arrows) #TechF1 #F1



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    Previas de algunos de los equipos:

    Belgian GP: Preview - Mercedes

    "We really saw our team's mind-set come to life in Spain," says Toto Wolff in his preview of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, which, according to bet365 bonus offers sees Lewis Hamilton tipped at 13/25 to win, while Max Verstappen is 13/4 and Valtteri Bottas is 4/1.



    "After struggling in Silverstone, we analysed our problems and tried to come to the right conclusions within just a few days. A lot of people worked tirelessly so that we could have a better race in Barcelona and our strong performance on Sunday was the outcome of that effort. Winning in Spain was a great reward for all the smart work in the days before and it makes me very proud to see how this team just keeps raising the bar.


    "Last week, we and the other nine F1 Teams agreed to the new Concorde Agreement. We have always said that we wanted to stay in F1, so the agreement wasn't necessarily all that surprising, but we're happy that we could bring the negotiations to a positive conclusion. We are committed to our sport and we're looking forward to the upcoming years which will see the biggest transition F1 has ever seen. This will reward agile, open-minded teams who can adapt successfully to the demands of the new rules.


    "After a weekend off, we're now starting the third triple-header of the year. Our next race takes us to Spa where we haven't won since 2017, so it feels like there's unfinished business as we head to Belgium. It's an iconic track and one of the fans' favourites, but finding the right set-up can be difficult because of the variety of characteristics; on the one hand you want as little drag as possible on the long straights, but on the other hand, you need a certain level of downforce to be quick through the corners. It's also forecast to be rainy in the Ardennes, which won't make the job any easier.


    "This weekend will also be the first time that we return to Belgium after the tragic loss of Anthoine Hubert last year. It was a dark day for the entire motorsport community and our thoughts will be with his family and friends as we remember him this weekend."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Belgian GP: Preview - Red Bull

    We're headed to Spa! Is this your favourite track on the calendar?



    Max Verstappen
    :
    I love Spa, it's my favourite circuit on the calendar so I'm always looking forward to driving there. It's a bit more old school as well so there's not too much run off in some places. The elevation changes throughout the whole track, you go up and down and there are not too many slow corners, which is always very nice in an F1 car because you really get to experience the full speed and the middle sector at Spa gives you that.


    What is your favourite part of the track?


    MV:
    My favourite part of the track is Pouhon especially, the fast left hander, it's really fast. Getting the balance right in sectors one, two and three with the long straight and infield is crucial and so there are always compromises here and there. You're also running quite low downforce, so low wing, which means the car is really alive and moving around which makes it more exciting.


    Spa
    marks the start of the next triple header. What are your thoughts heading into the Belgian Grand Prix?


    MV:
    We're second in the Teams' and Drivers' Championship so now we just need to try and keep the momentum going. There are lots of long straights which of course means you can overtake here, but also I expect the guys behind us in qualifying will be very close and knowing Mercedes have a lot of power they will obviously be very quick too.


    Do you think this track will pose one of our toughest challenges yet?


    MV:
    Over the last few years it has been a bit up and down in terms of results for us but you never know. We don't expect this race will be our favourite this year in terms of the layout suiting our package but we will be pushing hard as we have done at every race and maximising the result as a Team.


    How much are you going to miss the 'Orange Army' this weekend?


    MV:
    The Orange Army are normally out in full force at Spa so it's a shame we won't have any fans this year but hopefully they will enjoy the race at home on TV and I hope everyone will like my new special edition Spa cap for this weekend.


    Has it been good to have a weekend off?


    MV:
    It's been nice to have a weekend off, especially after the triple header which you can't just keep on doing all the time, so hopefully everybody in the Team has enjoyed a rest and is recharged, ready to go again!


    Two triple headers, six races, seven weeks. How busy has the season been so far?


    Alex Albon:
    It's been busy! But it's always busy in Formula One. Obviously we're in the full swing of the season now and the races are coming thick and fast. With six races under our belt we know the areas we need to work on and the guys at the factory are working flat out to make the car better, faster but also easier to drive. Everything's going pretty well, we are improving step by step and experimenting on what works and what doesn't, just like everyone else.


    How have you spent your week off before the next triple header?


    AA:
    I've not been up to much, I've just spent the week relaxing and recharging the batteries. The triple headers are pretty hectic so it's been good to relax and of course keep fit, but driving regularly also does that. It's just about maintaining it, staying sharp and keeping the weight off for the engineers!


    How does a Formula One driver relax?


    AA:
    Well, like everyone else your options are fairly limited with the quarantine and COVID situation. We've been extra careful and basically just stayed indoors where possible, cooking our own meals, watching Netflix, the usual things. We've been doing a bit of hiking which is fun actually, if you fancy a workout then you can run up the mountain instead, just to get the heart rate up!


    This week's Belgian Grand Prix is where you made your debut for Red Bull! Can you believe it's been a year already?


    AA:
    No, it's crazy! It's gone fast, that's for sure. It definitely doesn't feel like a year. I'm looking forward to this weekend, I can take what I learned from last year's race and apply it to this one so there's a bit of experience that I can take with me which is nice. We already had ideas last year and I remember how the car felt – of course it's a different car this year but it's still got similar traits so it'll be good to compare and see what we can do. As we've seen this season, we've had some really good races and Spa is good for overtaking so I'm excited to hit the track and get going. I have good memories from last year so hopefully we can do a good job this year – Spa is a nice track and it's one of the best ones we go to, it's iconic.


    This time last year, you'd just collected your new team kit and didn't even know your mechanic's names! How different is it heading to Spa this time around?


    AA:
    I was pretty nervous going into my first race with the Team. Obviously you want to do a good job because you want to make a good impression. I didn't know anyone, and I'd only been in F1 for six months with Toro Rosso, so going to a big team was obviously very new to me. Now I know everyone, I'm settled in with the Team, we're making progress each weekend, so it's nice to go back to the circuit where it all started.


    Last year you charged through the field to fifth after a PU grid penalty. What are you expecting this weekend?


    AA:
    I remember this weekend last year and even though the Team didn't give me any pressure, you know you want to do well and do the best job possible so to have a race like last year was pretty special. For this year, well firstly, the ban on qualifying modes has been moved back to Monza, so let's see how that plays out. I don't expect this weekend will be easy as Spa is pretty straight-line dependent and Mercedes are very strong power-wise. That being said, in Silverstone we didn't expect much and we were flying there so let's see! It's not always clear where the advantage lies at each circuit with temperatures, tyres, etc but I really enjoy Spa, it's a nice track that I don't think has suited us that well in the past, but we've seen this season is full of surprises so let's get out there and see where everyone stacks up.


    Christian Horner:
    Max's second place finish in Spain was another great drive and once again splitting the two Mercedes cars was the maximum we could achieve in that race. That said, it was encouraging that we came out of the second triple header with a win and two second place finishes.


    Max's podium in Barcelona made it 175 for the Team and I have been present for all of them! I certainly remember the first because David Coulthard achieved that podium in Monaco and it cost me a jump into a swimming pool with just a Superman cape to wear! I don't think I will be forgetting that one in a hurry, and of course, we have every single trophy in reception at the factory as a daily reminder of why we are all here.


    So, Monaco 2006 was the first one but we actually came very close in our first year, in 2005, to achieving it at the European Grand Prix held at the Nurburgring. David was leaving the pit lane and a Minardi pulled out alongside him. He just released the pit limiter a fraction too early and it cost him a penalty, otherwise that would have been a podium.

    But 175 is quite a tally. Particularly because in its previous incarnation, the Team only had two podiums. So since Red Bull entered the sport in 2005, to achieve 175 podiums is testimony to all the hard work that has been put in. There are some great memories and although we take the opportunity to celebrate every podium the focus is always on the next race, not the last one.


    A key aspect of the race in Spain was the Team once again setting the record for the fastest pit stop. This year the crew have set the fastest pit stop time at each of the six races and it means strategically you come to rely on your pit crew to make a quick stop. What is the secret? It is a combination of factors starting with our Sporting Director, Jonathan Wheatley and Chief Mechanic, Phil Turner plus the training regime that our human performance team put in place and the stability we have in our Team.


    There is a real pride in perfecting those pit stops. Everyone wants to be on that pit crew and there is a healthy competition for those places. It is a bit like being at school and being selected for the first team. There is a sense of pride to be part of that list.


    It is all about focusing on the details, practising, working on marginal gains and addressing any issues in order to achieve consistency because there is no point doing a world record stop and then doing five slower stops. We run a well-oiled machine and we also had a little bit of a boost this year from our lubricant partner ExxonMobil who supplied us with a new wheel gun lubricant to further increase our performance.


    Last week, it was confirmed that all 10 teams signed the new Concorde Agreement. Negotiations were lengthy, especially given the global challenges facing the sport but in some respects they were also remarkably straightforward in comparison with previous years. Negotiating with Bernie Ecclestone in the past was always good fun, always a bit different, but Liberty were scrupulously fair with the negotiations and we were in fact the first team to sign it in Barcelona.


    You have to take a holistic view on these things. That is what the agreement was, that is what Chase Carey and Liberty were putting on the table and it was up to the teams if they chose to take it or leave it. There was of course back and forth on certain points and there are elements that please some teams more than others, but in the end everyone came to agree on the best way forward for the good of the sport.


    It is an important agreement for F1 and although the details are confidential, it provides stability and continuity for the future so we are pleased to get it over the line.


    Liberty have definitely achieved some good things for the sport in terms of opening it up and generating interest from a new fan base which can only be a positive. The most important challenge now is getting the 2022 regulations right to promote better racing.


    With Sunday spent away from the racetrack, after enjoying a day with the family I put my feet up at home and decided to watch the Indy 500. It was all shaping up for an exciting finish and then there was a huge crash when Spencer Pigot hit the edge of the pit wall. It was a relief to everyone to see Spencer out of the car and I was pleased to see that the Aeroscreen once again did its job and protected him. It is a great testimony to the work carried out by the engineers at Red Bull Advanced Technologies in conjunction with IndyCar. We are all racers at heart and are proud to be part of the campaign to protect drivers and increase safety in motorsport.


    The result was also a huge success for Honda, so congratulations to them for achieving a podium lockout and win the 104th Indy 500 with Takuma Sato. Hopefully, we can replicate that in some of our future races.


    Our focus now switches to Spa and then Monza - two weekends that are traditionally quite hard races for us. Both tracks have been a strong hunting ground for Mercedes for a few years but the way Max is driving this season has been phenomenal. We need a bit of luck but hopefully we can have a competitive weekend in Spa.


    For Alex, this marks his one year anniversary with the Team and he has changed a lot in 12 months. He is growing in experience and more confident with his feedback in what he feels the car is doing. If you look at his race performances for the past 12 months, they have been great and he impresses us every week with his ballsy overtakes, that is something we have always looked for in our drivers and he certainly has what it takes.


    Lewis has been his nemesis in terms of a podium in Brazil and even a victory in Austria in the first race this year and to get one of these under his belt would have done wonders for his confidence.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Belgian GP: Preview - McLaren

    Lando Norris: "The Belgian Grand Prix weekend is one I always look forward to. Spa is one of my favourite circuits in Formula 1 and is such great fun to drive. It's a fast and flowing track with plenty of opportunities to overtake, which is a bit of a contrast to Spain. I had a good race there last year until an issue on the final lap, so I'm looking forward to getting back out on track again and going for it.



    "This race also feels like a second home grand prix for me, because of my dual British/Belgian citizenship and the family I have there. I'll be running a special helmet this weekend as well, so keep an eye out for the reveal of that ahead of Friday.


    "Finally, this weekend we take the time remember Anthoine Hubert, who tragically lost his life at Spa last year. The whole racing community was shocked and saddened by what happened, and he'll be in our thoughts as we go racing again this year."


    Carlos Sainz
    :
    "After the second triple-header of this season we've had a couple of days to rest and get ready for the next one. Up next is Spa, one of my favourite tracks on the calendar. Knowing how the car is behaving this season, I hope we can put together a strong race weekend. In general, we've performed well over the opening stint of races and I hope Barcelona was a turning point in my season. We need to carry forward all the positive energy built in Spain because the Constructors' Championship is extremely tight and leaving points behind is not an option if we want to stay in the fight.


    "As we go to Spa again this year, we'll take the time to remember Anthoine, who sadly passed away there last year. He was an exciting young talent that was taken from us too soon, and we'll always remember him wherever we race, but even more in Spa."


    Andreas Seidl, Team Principal:
    "Following a weekend away from the racetrack, and a chance for the team and drivers to rest and recharge, we're ready to get going again with another European triple-header. First stop on the road is Belgium, an exciting and historic track. We've performed well over the opening stint of the season, but we know that we face a challenge in the Constructors' Championship, with third to sixth place separated only by a small amount of points. Reliability, race operations and extracting maximum performance from the car are all critical to staying in this fight.


    "Finally, I would like to echo the comments of both drivers as we remember the loss of Anthoine Hubert at the Belgian Grand Prix last year. Our thoughts remain with his family and friends and we wish Juan Manuel Correa well in his continued recovery."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Belgian GP: Preview - Renault

    Daniel Ricciardo has his gloves off as he prepares for the next triple-header of the 2020 Formula 1 season. First-up, Spa-Francorchamps where the Australian is targeting a return to the points.



    What is there to say about the legendary Spa-Francorchamps?


    Daniel Ricciardo
    :
    Spa is so iconic. I think everyone knows why it's a great place to race and one of the jewels in the Formula 1 crown. Nowadays, I actually get more of a thrill from racing there rather than in qualifying. We've done so many laps there in the high-downforce cars that a bit of that single-lap rush has gone. Eau Rouge is full throttle and in race trim with a big tank of fuel in someone's slipstream, it becomes a real corner where you're sliding on four wheels, which is pretty epic. There's also Pouhon and Blanchimont, which are not that easy in race conditions. It's a place where you can overtake, you can defend and it's high-speed racing. It's so intense and I really like it.


    What is your record like there?


    DR:
    It's been a good track for me in Formula 1: I've had podiums, a win, so it's been a successful one in the past. Last year we were having a strong weekend, but then took some damage in Turn 1. The year before I also had damage at Turn 1. Really, if you can get out of Turn 1, you're doing alright! It's one of those first corner hairpins where it's a recipe for chaos. This year it might be cleaner as we're not coming off a break, we're warmed up so hopefully it will be more straightforward.


    How are you feeling with the triple-headers?


    DR:
    It's strange actually as you're the most race fit you've been because you're in the car so much. In the car I feel as strong as I ever have. It's the days off when you feel it. In between races, you feel flatter and more fatigued and there's not a whole lot of training going on. It's really resting and recovering. We're driving so regularly our body is maintaining a lot of that race fitness.


    Spa
    -Francorchamps has provided Esteban Ocon with some of his favourite Formula 1 memories. From making his debut there in 2016, to qualifying in the top three in 2018, it's been a special one for the Frenchman, who aims for a strong run this weekend.


    What makes Spa-Francorchamps so challenging?


    Esteban Ocon
    :
    It's a demanding circuit for performance and the three sectors are all very special. I think we can perform well in Spa. Anything can happen in the race, so it'll be an interesting weekend and we'll aim to do our best.


    It's been a special place for you in the past, Formula 1 debut in 2016, top three in qualifying in 2018, what do you remember about those moments?


    EO:
    I made my debut in Formula 1 there, so Spa is full of nice memories. I would say it's a unique track in the way you can develop as a driver. I remember being there in my first year in single-seaters and everything felt so big with those legendary corners. Then, the more you go through the junior categories you feel the difference year after year until you reach Formula 1. It felt like a good track to make my Formula 1 debut! Of course, qualifying third on the grid is one of my best memories in Formula 1 so far. It was at a crucial time when I needed to prove I deserved to be in Formula 1. To stand in the top three with Lewis [Hamilton] and Sebastian [Vettel] was something special.


    How do you evaluate the past three races?


    EO:
    It was good to come away from the races with points scored, even though we missed out in Spain. The car felt good in Silverstone and we definitely made a step from Hungary. I think we have a bit of work to do, but I know we'll get there. I have new parts on my car, which should help performance. I'm looking forward to that and I feel fresh after a week off and ready to race.


    It's been a busy start to the season for the Renault E-Tech 20 power units as Engine Technical Director Remi Taffin previews the next trio of races, starting in Belgium this weekend.


    What are the main challenges of Spa-Francorchamps?


    Remi Taffin:
    Spa is a challenge because it's a long track and it has a lot of wide-open throttle time. It certainly pushes the engine to the limit but, as always, it's something we validate on the dyno. Probably the most challenging thing about Spa will be the weather! It's very unpredictable. This year, it looks like it will be wet and quite cold. If it's wet or dry, we'll ensure the engine is working as expected and, in every corner at Spa, it correlates to what our drivers want. We're heading to three power sensitive circuits during this triple header. Esteban will have new engine parts added to his car from Spa. It's the same specification than his first engine, just brand new, as per the regulations on freezing engine spec development through to next season.


    What are the main assessments from the first six races?


    RT:
    After six races, the engine is behaving as expected. The level of drivability and performance is there and it's about getting the most out from it. The midfield is close and it's a matter of milliseconds to get into Q3. We can't let any milliseconds go aside and that's the work of our race team. The work done at the factory has been good so far with good reliability and performance. The race team is there to extract the final percentage from our package each race weekend, which is really important these days.


    It's rewarding for the efforts we've put in last year and this year. We're back to the performance level we needed to achieve last year, and we've made sure to correct the gremlins we had at the first part of last season. The hard work is paying off this year. For the race team, especially, it's been very intense with the triple-headers. The turnaround has been challenging but they are doing exceptionally well.


    Will there be some challenges with the latest technical directive on engine modes?


    RT:
    On paper it won't be too difficult. We will adjust the ratio between qualifying and the race. The rules, so far, said we could run modes differently between qualifying and the race and, as always, we try to optimise the rules. Now the FIA has given us a new directive to be applied from Monza onwards, so we'll try to adapt, reoptimizing and validating the area where we need. It's the same work, just a different output. We'll have less power in qualifying, and more power in the race, so it's a new trade-off. We understand the concern of the FIA and we will work alongside them to achieve their request.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Belgian GP: Preview - Alfa Romeo

    Eau Rouge and Raidillon, Pouhon and Blanchimont - the corners need no introduction. Spa-Francorchamps is a place that embodies the passion and history of Formula One: true, the track may no longer snake for more than 14 kilometres in the Ardennes and names like Masta Kink and Burnenville have gone from our race weekend vocabulary, but there's still something that links the current drivers with the heroes that braved those streets in days of yore.



    Spa
    is magic. Still the longest track on the calendar, it's one circuit where the driver can make the difference. It's the track where Michael debuted and shone. It's where Mika passed him by going three-wide with a backmarker on the Kemmel straight, it's where Ayrton mastered the rain. It's where Kimi triumphed four times.


    Like many other historical motorsport venues, and especially so for such a fearsome track, Spa is also steeped in tragedy. It's the place that stole Stefan Bellof from a brilliant future in Formula One; it's where Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey passed away minutes - and a few hundred metres - from each other. It's where Anthoine Hubert's young rising star was cruelly taken from us last year.


    Spa
    helped write glorious and tragic pages of our sport but, as always, the pages we are most looking forward to are the ones yet to be written. Every time we get in the car here, we honour the many who did this before - those who came back with laurels and those who never returned. There will be hard days, there will be good days, but just to be racing on this hallowed ground is reason enough to smile.


    Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal:
    "The week off gave us some time to regroup and get ready for the next triple header. It doesn't need saying that everyone in the team is working extremely hard to bring improvements to our car and to extract its full potential: nothing happens from a day to the other in this sport, however, so we have to be realistic about our expectations. We have to take this one step at the time, chipping away at the gap and continuing to push between now and the final race."


    Kimi Raikkonen
    :
    "Spa is one of my favourite tracks and one where I have done well in the past, but previous form matters for very little in Formula One. Every year is a story on its own and we just have to focus on doing our job to the best of our capabilities. We need to keep working hard to close the gap with those in front of us. Everyone has to do their part, in the car and at the factory, to make the most of what we have."


    Antonio Giovinazzi
    :
    "There are venues that are a part of Formula One history and Spa is definitely one of them. When I was growing up, my idol was Michael Schumacher and he had a special relationship with this place, so when you first go out on track on Friday you cannot avoid thinking about all that history. Spa is a great track to drive, full of challenging corners: it's a long layout and you want to keep a good flow throughout the lap."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Belgian GP: Preview - AlphaTauri

    Pierre Gasly: "It was nice to have a couple of days off after the last triple-header of races. However, I was really upset to discover that my home in Normandy had been burgled while I was away. It was not a pleasant experience to realise people had been in your home and stolen a lot of personal items, of my family and mine.



    "Anyway, back to the racing, I had a solid Spanish Grand Prix weekend and was very pleased to qualify seventh. The race didn't go quite as well as it could have, because I found myself in a long train of cars for a while. All the same, ninth means more points and even more important we were in the mix with some quick cars which should be a good sign for the coming races.


    It still feels a bit strange in the paddock, but you begin to get used to it. It's true that we miss the atmosphere quite a bit that comes with having a crowd, and when you get to the track in the morning you are used to seeing all the fans and the ones asking for autographs. You feel the warmth of the crowd and it gives you a lot of energy. Unfortunately, for the moment, I believe it is still impossible to have them back and we just have to get used to it and adapt. I miss the interaction with the fans and I hope that might change before the end of the year.


    "Once you're actually in the car, nothing has changed, because you don't think about it as you are concentrating so much on your performance and the result, so that in the end you forget about it. But when it comes to the time in between the sessions and when you leave the paddock, then it really hits you. It also affects your life in between the races. At the track, you are with the same people, I have the same engineers and my same trainer, but once I leave, it can be a bit boring as you cannot see people because you can't risk being exposed to Covid. Your social life is reduced and not so exciting, which is ok, because you have to be very careful. But I've got nothing to complain about, as I love my job.


    "Now we come to Spa, Monza and Mugello together. It will be the third triple-header of the year. We were used to back-to-back pairs of races but this is quite different with nine races in eleven weeks. I think we will feel it a bit, although it is more intense for the engineers and mechanics. We're coming to some incredible circuits, with Spa and Monza. Spa is my favourite track and racing through all those high-speed corners is a great thrill. I really enjoy driving it and have had great races there in the past. I had my first win in single-seaters there in Formula 4 and I also won the Feature Race in GP2 back in 2016.


    "However, this year, returning to Belgium will also be a sad moment, because it is just one year ago that Anthoine (Hubert) lost his life after that terrible accident in the F2 race in Spa. I had known him since I was seven years old in karting, we were in the same school together organised by the French motorsport federation, from when I was 13 to 19 and we shared an apartment for six years. I think everyone in the paddock will take time to think of him."


    Daniil Kvyat
    :
    "The Barcelona weekend was not the best from my point of view, so I am looking forward to getting back in the car as I think we can do well in the coming races. Spa is always a cool track to race on. I like the layout, it's truly legendary and it has some of the most exciting corners of the year. Naturally, everyone talks about Eau Rouge, but the whole track is fantastic to drive and it's also good for the actual racing with plenty of excitement for the fans, or this year, just the viewers. The key to a good weekend at Spa is finding the right set-up on Friday. Hopefully, we can read the track correctly and the car will work well. I've been relatively happy with the performance of the car so far this year, but we need to aim for a cleaner weekend than some of the ones we've had and then we can aim for stronger results.


    "It's going to be cool to do these three races, Spa, Monza, Mugello all one after the other, and I'm quite excited about this part of the season, to be honest. I love racing in Italy so I'm really happy about it! At Monza, it's the usual story of finding the right balance between downforce for the corners and good straight-line speed. Again, it's all about getting it right on Friday. With Mugello, I have good memories of the track, particularly winning in Formula Renault many years ago. I enjoyed driving there, it's a very interesting track; I would even say one of the most impressive ones. I really like high-speed corners and Mugello has plenty of those. It should be something very special in a Formula 1 car. With the level of downforce we have now, it's going to be amazing to drive.


    "This will be another triple-header and we're getting used to this new way of going racing. The main thing is that I enjoy driving the car, it's the best part of the job and that has not changed. Of course, the spectators and fans usually make the atmosphere very special and that's something we are missing. But for sure it will be back one day. In the meantime, with fewer activities to deal with outside the car at the track, I'm spending more time practising my guitar in the driver's room!"
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Belgian GP: Preview - Haas

    Formula One usually travels to Spa-Francorchamps for the Belgian Grand Prix after a period of rest and respite but in 2020 matters are of course a little different. There has been no summer recess this year and instead Haas F1 Team is gearing up for a fourth race in August, this time at the venerable Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.



    Located in Belgium's picturesque Ardennes Forest, the circuit was born 99 years ago in 1921 when the triangle formed by the roads linking the villages of Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot were used for a motorcycle race. Four-wheeled machines soon joined the scene and the Belgian Grand Prix was created, with its original fearsome 14km road circuit part of the inaugural Formula One world championship season in 1950.


    The current track remains a favorite of Formula One drivers and stretches out over 7.004km across the undulating landscape, featuring fast and sweeping corners such as Pouhon, Blanchimont and of course the Eau Rouge/Raidillon complex, revered throughout the motorsport environment. It is the longest circuit on the calendar, 1.1km longer than Silverstone, and poses a set-up challenge for teams, with the throttle-heavy first and third sectors counterbalanced by a lengthy middle segment that incorporates medium- and high-speed turns. Teams also need to keep an eye on the sky: Spa-Francorchamps' location within the Ardennes Forest means it is susceptible to changeable conditions, with showers known to strike some corners while others remain bone dry.


    Haas
    F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have both gone well at Spa-Francorchamps. Grosjean sealed the 2011 GP2 Series title at the track while a double victory in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2012/13 catapulted Magnussen towards Formula One. Haas F1 Team captured a double-point finish at the event in 2018, with Grosjean seventh and Magnussen eighth. Haas F1 Team is out in search of more points this weekend and beyond, after recently joining all existing outfits by pledging its commitment to Formula One's new Concorde Agreement.


    Haas
    F1 Team committed to the new Concorde Agreement last week along with the nine other Formula One teams. Can you share what the decision-making process was behind Gene Haas's commitment to moving forward for another five years in the sport and what it means to both yourself and the team in general?


    Guenther Steiner:
    "I guess Gene (Haas) looked at it and Formula One's still a very good tool for getting his brand name, Haas Automation, out in the world. It works - otherwise he wouldn't be doing it. He loves the sport as well. Even if it is a big financial commitment, with the new regulations coming in, it should make the playing field more even and the commercial aspects better for the smaller teams - so as a result he has decided to continue. For me, it means - even at the moment when we're not running competitively, we've got a Formula One team which works, and that's more down to the team than to me. I'm part of the team though, we all work together, and in the end, Gene believes in the team. Everybody is, for sure, happy to be moving forward now with the agreement signed."


    Does the signing of the Concorde Agreement and the new technical regulations coming in 2022 mark the boldest turning point in Formula One's storied history? Do all these measures add up to give an outfit like Haas F1 Team a truly competitive shot, both on and off track, in the sport?


    GS:
    "The budget cap should level the playing field, it will level the playing field - just maybe not in the first year, but in the mid-term for sure. The payments, to make it more equal, will also mean the smaller teams get a little more revenue. It's never enough for the small teams by the way, but it levels the field and that should be the aim of a sport - any day, anybody can win. It'll take a while until that happens but for Formula One it's a big step in the right direction. Times change and I think Liberty did a great job in adapting to those times and making changes when it was needed. It was needed a few years ago, but it's better late than never."


    With the Belgian Grand Prix usually marking the second half of a Formula One season - does it feel a little strange preparing to go there with only six races under the team's belt?


    GS:
    "Everything seems strange this year. It feels like we've already done more than half a season of racing, but even if we've only raced six events, we've been working hard from March onwards. It's been a long season even if people don't see it given we only started racing in July. So, it definitely feels like we're over halfway, even if we're not. We just need to keep doing what we do."


    After six races in seven weeks, and with a third Formula One triple-header starting this weekend in Belgium - how demanding, both physically and mentally, is this new-look 2020 calendar on the team? It's unprecedented in terms of the history of Formula One but could you see this becoming more normal as the series looks to add additional races in the future?


    GS:
    "We have to treat this as an exceptional year. A lot of the staff did not work for much of the first half of the year, so they could fill their energy tanks up. So, I think it's a little bit lighter, but going forward, you cannot make this the normality. People cannot do this. We shouldn't try to do this because it's not productive."


    With no plans for any upgrade packages coming this season, does that allow the team to better understand the core concept of the VF-20 and is that a benefit looking ahead to the 2021 season and the continuation of this car package?


    GS:
    "That is the plan. We need to understand this car, the VF-20, and build on that. We can try to iron out the issues we have this year for a better 2021."


    What was your first experience of racing a car at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and how did you get on?


    Romain Grosjean
    :
    "I think it was back in 2004 in a Formula Renault Eurocup race. There was something like 45 cars on the grid back then. I know we didn't qualify that well, and in those circumstances, Spa always becomes an interesting race. When you see the circuit on TV, it's one of the few where you really see how up and down it actually is. But when you get there in real life, it really goes up and down. I think the maximum gradient of Eau Rouge is something like 20 percent. It's a big thing. In a faster car though, the better Spa gets."


    Describe the feeling of wheeling a Formula One car around Spa-Francorchamps for the first time, picking up speed and testing the limits of the circuit. What stood out most on your debut there in a Formula One car?


    RG:
    "Obviously, at Spa it's all about the speed, you really see that. When you drive a Formula One car you go down Raidillon, reaching 300 kph before you go there then you feel like the wall's in front of you. The corners are very flowing through the middle part of the track, then you've got Pouhon, the double-left corner - which is absolutely mega. That's probably the best corner of the whole season. The low speed corners, the last turn and first turn, they're quite key for overtaking. The key is always finding the right balance between the flowing corners and those two low speed ones. Every year in Spa though, when I go through Eau Rouge for the first time in the weekend, I feel sick. My stomach really goes up and down, but it goes away after the first timed lap. It's an amazing circuit."


    You last stood on the Formula One podium at Spa in the 2015 Belgian Grand Prix after a heroic drive in the troublesome Lotus E23. Where would that drive rank in your list of personal bests and is it extra special to savour a podium at such an historic circuit?


    RG:
    "Yes, obviously it was a very good weekend for us - well, sort of a good weekend, there were a few issues outside of the track, but on track everything was good. From free practice the car worked really well, then I think I qualified fourth. In the race I came back from ninth, we had a gearbox penalty after quali. Everything worked to plan in the race. I could overtake the Red Bull, the Williams and we had a good level of drag versus grip. On that day it just felt easy - those are your best drives as everything just feels natural. Taking a podium at Spa is always very special. Especially for me, I've had a bit of a hate-love relationship with Spa. Obviously, a lot of people remember the start in 2012, but I'd rather remember the 2015 podium."


    Off track you keep yourself busy now, amongst other things, managing your own esports team? What led you down that path and what excites you the most about that side of the industry?


    RG:
    "Well the lockdown and self-isolating this year pushed things forward. I really enjoy managing my esports team, finding the sponsors, talking to the drivers and looking at which races they're going to do. I also get involved in some of the races. It's time consuming and now that the season has started, I'm not as involved as I was early on, even though when I get home I do a bit of driving myself. I always keep an eye on the results and make sure our cars are good. I just think it's great that anyone in the world can drive against guys like Max Verstappen, Lando Norris - they're on the games, as well as myself and so on. It's great fun. Yes, it's different from real racing, but it's also as close as it can get in terms of simulation. It's great that we get to chat with people, race against them, and things like Twitch make it easy to engage with people."


    What was your first experience of racing a car at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and how did you get on?


    Kevin Magnussen
    :
    "I think it was a Formula Renault 2.0 Northern Eurocup race back in 2009 - I scored a couple of podiums and a fastest race lap."


    Describe the feeling of wheeling a Formula One car around Spa-Francorchamps for the first time, picking up speed and testing the limits of the circuit. What stood out most on your debut there in a Formula One car?


    KM:
    "My first Formula One race there back in 2014, I was most looking forward to Eau Rouge. Back then we'd just got these new hybrid cars, it was the first year of this era, and the cars didn't really have that much downforce. Eau Rouge was actually a bit of a challenge back then, which was pretty cool. Usually, with these cars - and not that it doesn't feel good anymore, it's just less of a challenge in the bigger downforce cars. It's not such a technical part, but nonetheless, it's a mega part of the track. I think, and I could be wrong, that we could use DRS back then. You had to switch it off, then on again at the top. Nonetheless, it was a much bigger challenge back then. It's always a great experience racing around Spa in Formula One, it's really one of those legendary tracks."


    Your 2016 Belgian Grand Prix proved memorable unfortunately for your high impact lap six crash at the exit of Raidillon. As a race car driver do you simply put an incident like that behind you or does it enter your thoughts at all the next time you take to that particular circuit? How do you reboot and attack the track?


    KM:
    "The 2016 race, well, unfortunately I just remember it for that crash. I lost the rear at the top of Raidillon and hit the wall on the outside - resulting in a massive crash. I put it behind me pretty easily, nothing really happened physically aside from a few bruises. I was fine the weekend after when we raced at Monza. It wasn't really a big deal. A big crash but all was well afterwards."


    After six races in seven weeks, and with a third Formula One triple-header starting in Belgium - how demanding, both physically and mentally, is this new-look 2020 calendar on you as a driver with so few opportunities for downtime?


    KM:
    "Honestly, for me as a driver, I don't feel like it's a massive thing. Of course, it's busy and we're away a lot right now, and with all these triple-headers we don't really get to see our families, but we were all together for a few months during the lockdown. I missed racing, I missed Formula One hugely, so I've enjoyed being back like this with the intensity of all these races together. It's been good to be driving again and getting into racing. I feel worse for the mechanics as they work really, really long hours during the weekends. They then have to work on the cars between races as well. The engineers also work really hard. As drivers we have less to do. Yes, there's a lot of meetings and analyzing data, but we don't go to work every day. We show up at the weekends having had some meetings during the week. It's not as intense as it is for the rest of the team. We're very lucky in that sense, but of course, we then take the risks on track and all the rest, but I do feel worse for the team with this schedule."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Belgian GP: Preview - Racing Point

    Spa is typically a firm favourite amongst the drivers. You must be looking forward to this one?



    Lance Stroll
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    "I am. It's a great track and traditionally it's been good for our car. A Formula 1 car really comes to life at Spa, just like it does at Silverstone or Suzuka. You really get to feel the sensation of pushing a car to its limit and understanding what it can do at these kinds of circuits."


    You have a link to Belgium through your family - does that make it more special?


    LS:
    "It does. My mum is Belgian born, so there's some Belgian blood in me. It's always great to 'go back' to Belgium and hopefully I can get a strong result too. Spa is always a highlight of the season for me and I can't wait to get out there."

    How did it feel to have Checo back alongside you in Barcelona?

    LS:
    "It was great to see Checo back behind the wheel. We all missed having him around and we're happy he was able to recover so quickly. We push each other forward. You could definitely see that in qualifying and during the Grand Prix too. That's what you want from a team-mate."

    Do you feel back in the groove again after returning to the track in Barcelona?

    Sergio Perez
    :
    "It was a real challenge to come back last time out because it was a very demanding race physically with the heat and we had to carefully manage the tyres to make our one-stop strategy work. The team did a great job getting me up to speed again and now that I've done a race, I feel much more prepared for this weekend."


    What are your expectations for Spa?


    SP:
    "We did a really good job last time out in turning our qualifying form into a strong race result and executing our strategy well too. We can take that momentum to Spa, target a lot of points and try to keep pushing in the Constructors' Championship."

    You've got a strong track record at Spa. Does that give you more confidence for this weekend?

    SP:
    "I'm quite proud of my record at Spa. I've finished in the top five there a few times, so it's definitely one of my stronger circuits. I'm enjoying driving the RP20 and it has performed strongly at different types of circuit this season. If we put everything together, we can fight for another strong result this weekend."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Belgian GP: Preview - Williams

    With racing now fully underway the team prepares to head into its third triple-header starting in Belgium, before moving to two races in Italy at Monza and Mugello. The hill circuit is set in the Ardennes forest and is one the drivers' most loved tracks due a lot of changes in elevation, rewarding power and downforce that allows them to push their cars to the edge of their capabilities. It is the longest circuit on the Formula One calendar and with all this in mind is generally considered one of the most challenging. The weather in the Ardennes is notoriously tricky that can often lead to highly unpredictable races as it can sometimes be raining on one part of the track and dry on another.



    Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance:
    The third triple-header of the 2020 season will probably go down as one of the most breath-taking sequences of races in recent Formula One history. We begin at the famous Spa circuit in Belgium before moving to the historic high-speed circuit in Monza and then, finally, to the epic Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello for the Tuscan Grand Prix. These venues each have their own varied characteristics and collectively will push the cars, drivers and engineers to the limit.


    We begin in the Ardennes at the long, exciting Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Trading downforce and drag to balance performance across the three sectors is key to success here, with S1 and S2 rewarding low drag but S2 containing a series of demanding corners that need high downforce. Teams will try different compromises and will watch what their competitors are doing before settling on a solution. Whilst finding the best aerodynamic package, we also need to concentrate on the tyres. This year, Pirelli bring a range of compounds that are a step softer than last year and this will influence both qualifying and race strategies. We will concentrate on getting the best out of the qualifying tyre for a single lap whilst also looking at the wear and degradation of all three potential race compounds.


    The weather normally plays a part in the Spa weekend, and this year is unlikely to be any different. Currently the outlook appears mixed, but nonetheless, we will be prepared for anything.


    George Russell
    :
    I am looking forward going back racing for the next triple header. On paper, Spa may be a slightly harder circuit for us, due to the high efficiency of the track with the long straights and fast corners. However, we should have a few different components to try and see if that helps us. Nevertheless, it's going to be great going back to Spa. It looks like it is going to be varied weather conditions which should mix things up and we will be pushing as hard as always to make the most of what the weekend gives us.


    Nicholas Latifi
    :
    It was good to have this last week and a half off to analyse everything from the last triple header and to recharge the batteries, but now I am super excited to get back behind the wheel. Spa was one of the races that I was most looking forward to driving in Formula One this year, as it is so iconic, and with corners like Eau Rouge and Pouhon, it is the perfect track to drive an F1 car around. Hopefully we can be a bit more competitive than we were in the last race, the team has been doing a lot of work in the background, so I can't wait to hit the track and get into the next round of triple headers.
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Belgian GP: Preview - Pirelli

    For the Belgian Grand Prix, Pirelli's C2 compound has been selected as the P Zero White hard, C3 as the P Zero Yellow medium, and C4 as the P Zero Red soft. This is a step softer than the nomination at Spa last year.



    This choice has been made because most drivers chose the medium and soft tyres last year. In fact, many drivers selected a full allocation of 10 soft tyres in 2019 and only one hard (although this will not be possible this year as all the allocations are standard: two sets of hard, three sets of medium, and eight sets of soft).


    The weather in Belgium at this time of year is extremely variable. Although high temperatures have occasionally been seen at Spa in the past, in the Ardennes we're unlikely to have the same sort of weather as Spain (last year's Belgian Grand Prix was run with track temperatures consistently below 30 degrees centigrade) - and rain is always a distinct possibility. It is even possible for it to be raining on one part of the track but dry on another. If it does rain, drainage is a common problem, with little rivers forming across the track that can cause aquaplaning. This is another reason why the tyres in the middle of the range have been selected.


    This variation is also because the 7.004-kilometre lap - the longest in Formula 1 - is so extensive and mixed, with epic corners such as Eau Rouge imposing heavy combined forces on the tyres: both vertical and lateral. As a result, Spa is one of the most challenging circuits for tyres seen all year. The asphalt is also quite aggressive in nature.


    It is not just the corners that provide a big challenge: at nearly 800 metres long the Kemmel Straight cools the tyres down, affecting grip throughout the following corners.


    Despite the imposing demands of Spa, it was largely a one-stop race last year, with the top three all using a soft-medium strategy (with a nomination that was a step harder). Three of the drivers in the top 10 stopped twice, while Renault's Daniel Ricciardo did practically the entire race on the medium after a very early stop.


    Mario Isola:
    "The reputation of Spa speaks for itself: it's an old-school track with plenty of elevation and other variables, which the drivers love because of the many challenges and sensations that it delivers. This year's tyre selection is a step softer than last year's, even though we expect the cars to be considerably faster, as has been the case for most of the season so far.


    "Spa is one of the few rounds this year that has not had a date change compared to its traditional slot, so the teams should have plenty of relevant data, even though this is probably the circuit where it's hardest to predict the conditions. So the teams and drivers who are best able to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances tend to be those most rewarded.


    "One difference this year is that the Spa 24 Hours hasn't taken place as usual a couple of weeks ago: it will be interesting to see if that has any effect - although any rubber that is previously laid down is often washed away by rain in any case.


    "Finally, but most importantly, I am sure that Anthoine Hubert will be at the forefront of everybody's minds this weekend and we would all like to pay tribute to him, a year on from his passing."
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    El ala trasera de los autos de la Scuderia Ferrari

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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Como no podía ser de otra forma, el recuerdo de Anthoine Hubert está muy presente:

    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Juan Manuel Correa, aún con secuelas del accidente un año después:



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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    VF20: Detalle del borde de fuga del ala trasera:



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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    Más galerías de fotos. Fuente: motorsport.nextgen-auto.com

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    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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    C39: Detalle 'display' del volante:



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    Última edición por llumia; 28/08/2020 a las 01:43
    Alonso carried his Renault to third place in Singapore. After Vettel and Rosberg wrecked their own races, he seized a podium from a car that did not deserve it.

    That is the difference between the great and the merely good.

    Martin Brundle (Sing '09)

    "Alonso has been brilliant all weekend, absolutely brilliant". "A driver not always easyto love, but very easy to admire".

    Martin Brundle (Sing '10)

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