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2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX – Schedule and Fact Sheet

by on August 19, 2013

2013 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

 

SPA

Race Date:     25 Aug 2013
Circuit Name:     Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
First Grand Prix:     1950
Laps:     44
Turns:    20
Length:     7.004 km
Race Distance:     308.052 km
Lap Record:     1:47.263 – S Vettel (2009)

2012 Podium:
Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes         1:29:08.530
Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull Racing-Renault     +13.6 secs
Kimi Räikkönen         Lotus-Renault             +25.3 secs

Formula One Schedule (local time – subject to change):

Fri 23 August 2013
Practice 1     10:00 – 11:30
Practice 2     14:00 – 15:30

Sat 24 August 2013
Practice 3     11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying     14:00

Sun 25 August 2013
Race     14:00

Complete Schedule of Events can be found here: http://www.formula1.com/races/in_detail/belgium_904/event_timetable.html

Pirelli’s motorsport director, Paul Hembery offered this insight:
“Spa is not only an epic circuit, but also one of the biggest challenges for our tyres all year. Mostly this is because of the very high-energy loads that go all the way through the tyres, both vertically – due to the big compressions such as Eau Rouge – and also laterally at fast corners like Blanchimont. Often, the tyres are subjected to forces acting in different directions at the same time, which increases the work still further. So looking after the tyres is very important, particularly as it’s such a long lap. This means that there are a very wide variety of possible strategies available at Spa as well, with plenty of time to be won and lost if the right tactics are chosen. However, any strategy has to be very flexible, because it’s the changing weather that often makes Spa such a fascinating race. The conditions can change extremely quickly, which then makes how the teams use the intermediate and wet tyres the key to success – as we have seen so often in the past. Both our wet-weather tyres have proved their performance over previous races; with the intermediate tyre in particular showing how well suited it is even to inconsistent and drying conditions. There are plenty of overtaking opportunities, and the blend of performance and durability offered by our nominated tyres should maximise those chances this weekend.”

Interesting fact:
In all of Spa’s magnificent history, there have been very few drivers which have captured glory more than twice:
Michael Schumacher     6
Ayrton Senna        5
Jim Clark        4
Kimi Raikkonen        4
Damon Hill        3
Juan Manuel Fangio     3

Circuit Contact Information:
Spa Grand Prix S.A.
Route du Circuit, 38, B-4970 Francorchamps, Belgium
Tel: (+32) 87 29 37 00

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