The most beautiful stopover in Formula 1

The usual summer break being over, the Formula 1 circus resumes its rights at the end of the week on the occasion of the Belgian Grand Prix.

After a month’s hiatus, the drivers will certainly be very happy to resume competition and, above all, to reconnect with the majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit which they rightly consider to be the most popular on the calendar.

This is particularly the case of Max Verstappen, comfortably installed at the top of the cumulative classification after the first 13 stages of the season.

The Dutch driver feels at home there, since thousands of spectators from the Netherlands come to Belgium every year to cheer on their hero.

“It’s my favorite track and I know that many of my compatriots expect a good result from me,” Verstappen said earlier this week.

“But nothing is easy there, he added, especially since there could be rain. »

With an 80-point lead over Charles Leclerc, Verstappen could miss the next three rounds and still top the table.

A bad memory

Speaking of capricious weather, the 2021 edition of the Belgian Grand Prix represents a very bad memory. As a reminder, the race, repeatedly delayed and finally launched despite the heavy rainfall, lasted only one lap, and only half the points were awarded.

Race management raised a final red flag before the second lap was even completed. F1 looked very badly in the face of this situation which, hopefully, will not be repeated.

A renovated circuit

In addition, the 20 entrants will discover a new environment to which significant alterations have been made to improve safety. In particular, we have widened the clearance zones on the right and left at the top of the Raidillon de l’Eau Rouge.

It was in this series of fast turns that the French hopeful Anthoine Hubert lost his life in Formula 2 three years ago.

In four other corners, gravel traps have been added to slow down the single-seaters in the event of a track exit.

⬒⬓ The association between Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren only lasted two years. The Australian driver has confirmed that he will leave the British team at the end of 2022. His compatriot Oscar Piastri would be the only candidate to succeed him. Ricciardo could end up at Haas next year.

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