25.08.2021: BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
27-29 August 2021
GP entered 1019
Seasons in F1 72
Debut Monaco 1950 (A. Ascari 2nd; R. Sommer 4th; L. Villoresi ret.)
Wins 238 (23.36%)
Pole positions 230 (22.57%)
Fastest laps 254
BELGIAN GRAND PRIX Circuit Spa-Francorchamps 27-29 August 2021
GP entered 1019 Seasons in F1 72 Debut Monaco 1950 (A. Ascari 2nd; R. Sommer 4th; L. Villoresi ret.) Wins 238 (23.36%) Pole positions 230 (22.57%) Fastest laps 254 (24.92%) Total podiums 776 (25.38%)
Ferrari Stats Belgian GP
GP entered 64 Debut 1950 (A. Ascari 5th; L. Villoresi 6th) Wins 18 (28.12%) Pole positions 14 (21.87%) Fastest laps 19 (29.69%) Total podiums 48 (25%)
Belgian Grand Prix: facts & figures
1. The number of father-son pairings to have won the Belgian Grand Prix, they being Antonio and Alberto Ascari. The father triumphed in 1925 in an Alfa Romeo, while Alberto won in 1952 and 1953 in a Ferrari 500 F2.
The other “racing families” to have won, but only with either the father or son were Andretti (Mario won in 1978 at Zolder, but Michael did not manage it), Hill (Damon won three times in 1993, 1994 and 1998 but his father Graham never did) and Rosberg (Nico taking the victory in 2016, but father Keke’s best was a second in 1982.)
The only family that could equal the Ascaris would be the Schumachers, Michael having won at Spa no fewer than six times, while Mick still has plenty of time to build up his palmares.
11+1. The different Spa-Francorchamps track layouts. Originally, the track measured 14.981 kilometres and where Eau Rouge-Raidillon is now, there was an uphill hairpin, the Virage de l’Ancienne Douane. This configuration was abandoned in 1938, long before the creation of the Formula 1 world championship, which made its debut over a reduced distance of 14.120 kilometres, which already included the famous uphill esses.
In 1956, the distance came down to 14.100 kilometres and stayed that way until 1982, as a modification introduced in 1970 did not affect its length. The biggest change came in 1983 when the first and final sectors, which used public roads, were linked by a purpose-built section, bringing the lap length down to 6.949 metres. There were seven further small changes and the current layout was established in 2007, doing away with one of the two esses at the Bus Stop, with the distance now set at 7.004 kilometres.
16. The furthest back on the starting grid from which the Belgian GP has been won. This feat was performed by Michael Schumacher in 1995, after a wet qualifying. The German worked his way up to the lead and a few days later came the announcement he would drive for Scuderia Ferrari as from the following year.
1924. The year racing first took place at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, (although a test race was held in 1922). The Ardennes track, which was reduced in length in 1983 from 14.100 kilometres to 6.949, is the second oldest circuit in use on the world championship calendar. The oldest is the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, inaugurated in 1922, while Monaco first hosted a race in 1929.
8700. The number of different beers brewed in Belgium. There are 125 companies in this sector as well as countless artisans who produce small quantities. Belgians consume 96 litres of beer per year per head, just 30 less than the amount of water they drink, 124 litres.
But the Belgians are not the biggest consumers of beer, as in the Czech Republic the figure is 189 litres per year per head, in Austria 108, in Romania it’s 100 and in Germany 99.
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