The break is over, F1 is back, and at the spectacular Belgian GP, always a fan and driver favourite.
Spa-Francorchamps is the longest track on the 2017 calendar at 7.004km long, just over 1km longer than the next longest (Baku, 6.003km). The race will be the 62nd Belgian GP and the 50th at Spa-Francorchamps, with a handful of races being held at Nivelles and Zolder.
As the lap is so long the race will be just 44 laps long, giving a total race distance of 308.176km. In the previous 49 races at Spa only 18 (36.73%) have been won from pole position, the second lowest percentage on the calendar behind only the Red Bull Ring. 30 races (61.22%) have been won from the front row of the grid.
26 different drivers have won the Belgian GP at Spa, most successful of which is of course Michael Schumacher with six wins, while both McLaren and Ferrari are tied with 12. In terms of the current drivers Kimi Raikkonen has four wins while Hamilton and Vettel each have two.
The race will be Lewis Hamilton’s 200th, and luckily for him Mercedes have been particularly strong at Spa for the previous two years, taking pole, win and fastest laps on both occasions. Ferrari meanwhile haven’t had a win in Spa since Raikkonen in 2009, though it is their best opportunity to end that this weekend. The race lap record currently stands at 1:47.263 from 2009, and this could be beaten on Sunday.
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. (say that ten times quickly)
The original 14.9km Spa track would take a modern F1 car roughly four minutes to lap.