Finally. WE ARE BACK. It’s only fitting that after that long and painful month-long wait for another F1 bout, we are spoiled by returning to one of the greatest and most renowned tracks in Formula 1. SPA BABY!
This famous track, originally triangle-shaped was built in 1921, designed using public roads between three towns in Belgium. This track was a beautiful 14.9 km circuit running through the the hills and forests of the Ardennes region. The track was then redeveloped back in 1979 and although the new circuit is half the original length, it is still the longest track on the current calendar sitting at 7.004km.
The Belgians hosted their first non-championship Grand Prix at this circuit back in 1924. Fast forward a couple of year to 1950, this circuit was one of just seven tracks to form part of Formula 1’s maiden championship. The race was won by none other than the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio in the Alfa Romeo.
So what makes this track so good you might ask? Spa is among Formula 1 drivers’ most loved and looked-forward-to tracks, sporting a mix of long straights and challenging super fast corners which allows them to push their machines to the edge of their capabilities… if it’s dry, that is. The thing I personally always found interesting is that the size of the track means it can sometimes be raining on a part of the circuit and completely dry on another, so the cars grip may vary from one corner to the other. This also means that its more tricky for the drivers to take care and preserve their tyres throughout the race. This track is most famous for the Eau Rouge sequence, a famous volley of corners , a left flick, right and then up a hill through Raidillon. Take a drive around the track with Redbull’s flying dutchman; Max Verstappen here.
After a grueling day at Spa, the drivers have had their work cut out for them due to the heavy pouring rain that didn’t seem to want to end. After a very eventful Q1 and Q3, the Ferrari duo of Sainz and Leclerc both failed to make it into the third and final Qualifying round.
Max Verstappen put in a sensational lap in very wet conditions and took P1 for the Belgian Grand Prix. But, funnily enough, Max wasn’t the best driver today. Williams’ George Russel put in the lap of his life to secure a shock front row start.
The young Brit put his sheer confidence on display and managed to secure P2 ahead of reigning champ Lewis Hamilton who just missed out on P2 by mere milliseconds. But don’t think I’m takin away anything from young Russel. This kid took a Williams…I’ll repeat it…A WILLIAMS…. and got the better of both Mercedes….both Ferraris, both McLarens and one Redbull… not to mention ALL THE REST. IN. A. WILLIAMS.
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo secured his best qualifying performance since joining the team and made it to P4 ahead of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel who also secures his best ever start since joining at P5. Pierre Gasly follows suit at P6, his 9th top-six start this season.
Redbull’s Perez, who has been confirmed as a Redbull driver for 2022 last Friday, will start at P7 seemingly unable to hold a candle compared to his teammate Max. Speaking of under-performing second drivers; Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas should have been in P8 but because of his collision in Hungary, has to serve a penalty which will see him start in P13. Alpine’s Ocon will start at P9 followed by McLaren’s Lando Norris who crashed in Q3, thankfully without suffering any harm. Here are the full results:
Tune in tomorrow to see these speed-demons take on one of the most beautiful and exciting tracks that Formula 1 has to offer! Can’t wait!.