The Racing Engineering team is back in action after the mid-season break.

The Racing Engineering team is back in action after the mid-season break.

25.08.2016: GP2 Series - Round 8 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium This weekend sees the GP2 teams head to Belgium for one of the most

GP2 Series - Round 8  Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium





This weekend sees the GP2 teams head to Belgium for one of the most popular venues for drivers and spectators alike, the magnificent Spa-Francorchamps circuit, venue for the eighth weekend of the 2016 GP2 Series.


 There are still four rounds remaining (including this weekend) and both the Driver and Team Championships are still wide open.


The track contains some of the most famous corners in racing over its 7.004 km length with such historic names as Eau Rouge, Radillon, Les Combes, Stavelot, Blanchimont and La Source.


With its mixture of very fast and very slow corners, changes in elevation and high-speed straights it is a circuit that requires total commitment from a driver and this, in turn, requires a very good set up to his chassis as the circuit is very hard on tyres and it is not unusual for rain and changeable conditions to affect the circuit.


Pirelli will be supplying the P Zero Orange hard tyre together with the Yellow soft compound for the weekend’s two races


Racing Engineering have had success at Spa in past years and in 2015 their drivers were first and second in the Sunday race and in 2014 the team was victorious on the Saturday.


The recent GP2 Series race weekends have seen the Racing Engineering drivers, Norman Nato and Jordan King regularly being amongst the fastest runners and, although the last round at the Hockenheimring was a disappointment with both drivers having their races ruined by other competitors, the whole team has been working hard during the break to ensure that both men are back at the head of the field.




Timetable:


Practice: Fri 26 Aug 2016, 12:00 (GMT+2)
Qualifying Session: Fri 26 Aug 2016, 15:55 (GMT+2)
Race 1: Sat 27 Aug 2016, 15:40 (GMT+2)
Race 2: Sun 28 Aug 2016, 10:25 (GMT+2)



 Length of lap:    7.004 km
 2014 best Racing Engineering:    P4 in Qualifying – P6 in R1 – P1 in R2
 Tyre Wear:    Medium
 Brake Wear:    Low
 Downforce:    Medium
 Throttle Average:    76%
 Fastest turn:    Blanchimont
 Hardest Braking Point:    Chicane Bus Stop
 Gear shifts per lap:    34
 Top Speed:    315 km/h
 Average Speed (Qualifying) 2014:    216.845 km/h
 Average Speed (Race) 2014:    196.550 km/h
 Pole Position Time 2014:    1:56.278s





GP2 SPA FACTS



  1. The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is located in the middle between Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot, in the Liege province, Belgium.


2. The first car race took place in 1922. Two years later it was the first time the now famous 24 Hours of Francorchamps race was held.


3. The track follows the rolling hills through the Ardennes region, combining long straights with difficult and fast corners, in a beautiful forest area.


4. The first corner, La Source, is an upward right-hand hairpin, which requires heavy breaking. This almost 180° corner is always difficult on the first lap.


5. Last year Racing Engineering’s Alexander Rossi and Jordan King finished the second race in first and second position respectively after a great race.


6. The Blanchimont high-speed left-hand corner is the final sweeping corner of the track before the chicane, which leads to the pit straight.


7. The corner combination of Radillion, led by Eau Rouge, is a difficult left-right-left high speed corner. It is considered as one of the best and most difficult corners of any circuit.


8. The Eau Rouge and Blanchimont corners need to be taken flat out to achieve a fast run into the long straights that follow. Doing this aids a driver get both a fast lap and also helps in overtaking.


9. During the last three years we have always seen the Racing Engineering drivers on the podium in Spa. It was Raffael Marciello’s first GP2 victory and Jordan King’s first podium in the category.


10. Spa is the longest circuit on the calendar. It's a mix of long straights and challenging fast corners, meaning that most drivers still rank it among their favorite tracks.






GP2 versus Formula1





 1. The average speed of an F1 car in Spa is 230 km/h against the 215 km/h average of a GP2 car.


2. F1 throttle usage is very similar 70% vs 72% of the lap that the engine spends at full throttle in GP2.


3. F1 top speed is 335 km/h – GP2 is 315 km/h.


4. F1 drivers will change gear 48 times per lap against 34 times that a GP2 driver will have to do.


5. Race distance is very similar: F1 go around the circuit for 44 laps and GP2 do a total of 43 laps in two days- 25 laps in Feature Race and 18 in the Sprint Race.


6. Pole position in F1 was set in 2015 at 1:47.197 – Pole position in GP2 was set in 2015 at 1:56.278.





- Ines Koschutnig, photos GP2 and Racing Engineering

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