The Belgian Grand Prix is an automobile race, part of the Formula One World
Championship. The first national race of Belgium was held in 1925 at the Spa
region`s race course, an area of the country that had been associated with motor
sport since the very early years of racing. To accommodate Grand Prix motor
racing, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps race course was built in 1921 but it
was only used for motorcycle racing until 1924. After the 1923 success of the
new 24 hours of Le Mans in France, the Spa 24 Hours, a similar 24 hour endurance
race, was run at the Spa track.
Drivers and fans alike love the Belgian Grand Prix. Since inception, Spa-Francorchamps has been famous for its unpredictable weather. At one stage in its history it had rained at the Belgian Grand Prix for twenty years in a row. Frequently drivers confront a part of the course that is clear and bright while another stretch is rainy and slippery. Most drivers today say that the Spa course is the most challenging race track that remains on the F1 calendar.
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World Champion Michael Schumacher, who made his debut at Spa in 1991 and won
his first F1 race there in 1992, won his 52nd Grand Prix at Spa in 2001,
surpassing Alain Prost`s all-time record of 51 wins. Schumacher also won his
seventh World Drivers` Championship title at Spa in 2004. There was no Belgian
Grand Prix in 2003 because of the country`s tobacco advertising laws but it
returned to the schedule again in 2004.
Another notable race was the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix which took place in torrential conditions. The race was originally stopped after a massive accident involving thirteen of the twenty-two runners at the first corner. The heavy rain caused low visibility, and Michael Schumacher ran into the back of David Coulthard, an event that angered Schumacher so much he stormed into the McLaren garage to confront Coulthard, claiming he had tried to kill him.
Coulthard later admitted he had been at fault, due to his own inexperience (despite it being his fourth year of Formula One) Only eight drivers were classified finishers (two of whom were five laps behind, one of whom was Coulthard) and Damon Hill secured a memorable victory ahead of team mate Ralf Schumacher to record the previously underperforming Jordan team`s first Formula One win in its history, and a 1-2 to top it off.
In 2006, the FIA announced the Belgian Grand Prix would not be part of the 2006 Formula One season, since the local authorities had started major repair work in Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian Grand Prix returned in 2007, when Kimi Räikkönen took pole position and his 3rd Belgian Grand Prix win in a row.
Michael Schumacher - 6 (1992, 1995,
1996, 1997, 2001, 2002)
Ayrton Senna - 5 (1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991)
|SEBASTIEN VETTEL||2.75||Boylesport||Despite winning only a race in the last 5, he remains the top favorite to win the Championship and he is still considered favorite to win this race. If we will have a wet race, his chances drop a little, but still he remains a top contender|
|LEWIS HAMILTON||4.00||Boylesport||Lewis Hamilton proved that he can beat Vettel on track. If he would not made one crucial mistake last race, he could have won it. With a good strategy, he can take a hot at victory.|
|FERNANDO ALONSO||4.00||Boylesport||Constant podium placements in the last races make Fernando Alonso a strong contender to win any race. He proved he can keep the pace with the leaders of the table and he can win races|
|JENSON BUTTON||7.50||Bluesq||After 2 races where he was forced to abandon, he had a great come back, winning the last race in Hungary. Apparently he needs rain to win races, if we take a look the races he won.|
|MARK WEBBER||8.50||Bwin||Despite getting 3 poles in this season, Mark Webber still has to win a race. He`s quick, but he has 4 pilots in front of him who seem to be quicker.|
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