Belgian Grand Prix Preview – Spa
After what seems like an eternity, Formula One is back this weekend having completed the summer break.
The Belgian Grand Prix is once again held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps which is a great place to kick start the rest of the season and come back with a bang. A real driver and fan favourite, Spa boasts one of the most challenging corners on the calendar in ‘Eau Rouge’ and is really hard on the engine spending large amounts of time full throttle. Throw in the common changeable weather conditions and you can all but guarantee an exciting race!
The race has been dominated by Red Bull and McLaren over the last few years and we could see a similar pattern this weekend, although Kimi Raikkonen does have a great record in Belguim and will almost certainly be in the mix. Lotus will also have their double DRS type system available which could give them a huge qualifying boost as they can deploy it often during the lap.
It’s looking likely to be a cool weekend in Belguim and it will be interesting to see which teams are able to get the tyres into that magic temperature window and maintain it. The possibility of rain is also quite high for at least some part of the weekend so we may see something similar to Silverstone where little race setup has actually occurred during practice and qualifying. These conditions have suited Alonso so far this season so it will be a safe bet that he’ll be in or around the front of the pack.
Here are my predictions:
- 1st Sebastian Vettel
- 2nd Lewis Hamilton
- 3rd Kimi Raikkonen
- 4th Fernando Alonso
- 5th Jenson Button
- Fastest lap Kimi Raikkonen
It’s really tough to call and I believe any of those five plus Webber, Grosjean, Rosberg and Schumacher could get onto the top step of the podium. Most teams will be bringing a raft of updates and we already know Pirelli are doing a great job of keeping everyone on their toes with these tyres which are deliberately hard to predict.
After all this hype it’s bound to be a boring race but I really can’t wait and am expecting fireworks! Italy follows next weekend so we will see how my predictions turn out in my Monza preview.