The long summer break is over, F1 is back and I no longer need to sit on the floor, rocking back and forth while humming engine noises, we all do that right?
The race will be the 49th race at Spa Francorchamps and the 61st Belgian GP. Spa-Francorchamps is the longest circuit on the calendar at 7.004km, just over 1km longer than Baku, meaning there are just 44 laps in the race, making a total distance of 308.176km. 17 of the last 48 races (35.42%) have been won from pole position, one of the lowest percentages on the calendar, and 29 (60.42%) from the front row.
25 different drivers have won the Belgian GP at Spa, most successful being Michael Schumacher with six wins, Ferrari being the most successful team with 12. Spa has the second fastest average speed in the 2016 calendar, behind only Monza, which is the week after Spa.
Jenson Button will become the third driver to reach 300 GPs this weekend, Rubens Barrichello was the first at Spa 2010, Michael Schumacher the second at Spa 2012 and now Button at Spa 2016. It seems the only way to get to 300 races is to have the 300th at the Belgian GP.
Another win for Lewis Hamilton would take him up to 50 career wins, just short of Alain Prost’s 51, a win for Nico Rosberg would take him to 20 and match Kimi Raikkonen.
The Silly Stats
Stoffel Vandoorne is the height of 9.955 Belgian waffles. If you had 3,957 Stoffel size waffles you could line the track once, or 104,000 Stoffel waffles to completely cover the track in Stoffel shaped waffle goodness.