AT&T Williams F1 - Spa preview

11.09.2007: AT&T Williams F1 - Spa preview

The Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday not only completes the Monza Spa back to back, but also marks the end of the European season for 2007. Europe's finale will be hosted by the classic Spa-Francorchamps circuit, which is making a welcome return to the calendar following a season's absence. Nestled in the Ardennes forest, Spa evokes a sense of romanticism for many having provided the stage for some of the sport's most epic battles over its long history.

Renowned for its long sweeping straights and challenging, fast corners, most notably the magical Eau Rouge, Spa is a firm favourite amongst the drivers. With just a handful of races remaining, Spa provides a perfect platform for another potentially great battle and one in which ATT Williams will be looking to enhance its position in the Championship.

Alex Wurz

Spa is a fantastic race track so I'm very much looking forward to racing there. In terms of performance, I'm not really sure what we can expect. We tested there a few weeks ago, but it's difficult to tell how we will go in the race, but I think it'll probably be pretty close again. As a team, we'll go there with high hopes following Nico's sixth place in Monza. If we can secure some more points, we'll help to strengthen fifth in the Constructors' Championship for the team and that's my goal for the race.

Nico Rosberg

Spa is wonderful. It's a great track for drivers, maybe the best one for us. It's very, very fast. I'm not overly optimistic, but we've clearly made progress since the test there and I hope we can keep that momentum going. As we've shown in the past few races, we've delivered over and above our expectations, so I hope that we can continue that form and exceed our targets this weekend.

Sam Michael, Technical Director, Williams F1

Spa is a truly great circuit with so much natural terrain creating challenging corners and sequences for the drivers and engineers. Of course, Eau Rouge and Blanchimont are the "great" corners but there is much more to the track, particularly as it has been re modeled around the famous "Bus Stop" chicane. Set-up is geared towards high and medium speed stability to ensure that when the cars make their way back from the far stretches of the circuit that they are quick through the flowing parts. At the same time, the car must handle well over the kerbs through the chicane.

The weather will no doubt play a significant role, while there's also the chance of rain affecting different parts of the circuit due to its length. We tested at Spa two months ago which enabled us to check out all our systems and complete some advance tyre and set-up work.

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

The 7 kilometre Spa Francorchamps circuit makes a welcome return to the Formula One calendar after a brief absence and some light re-modelling. However, Spa remains both the longest circuit and the only one on the calendar where drivers experience vertical G with a significant compression before the climb up to Eau Rouge. Spa is also the circuit with the longest period of full engine demand and for Formula One's return, has a new complex before the Bus Stop which most drivers will have experienced in the recent test.


- Liam Clogger, Claire Williams -


11.09.2007 / MaP

More News

Panasonic Toyota Racing F1 - Spa-Francorchamps preview
After a disappointing Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Panasonic Toyota Racing heads to another historic venue for the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend. Spa-Francorchamps is back on the Formula 1 calendar after a one-year absence while improvements were carried out to the track and the infrastructure. Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli had the chance to sample the resurfaced track and t more >>
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 - Test Spa-Francorchamps, day three
Date: Thursday 12th July 2007 Driver: Fernando Alonso Location: Spa Francorchamps, Belgium Track Length: 7.004km Weather: Changeable all day: Track temperature, 33.9C / Ambient temperature, 18.1C Laps Run: 75 Kilometres Covered: 525km approx. Best Lap Time: 1m47.645 at 16:31 Programme: Despite the continued mixed weather more >>
AT&T Williams F1 - Spa-Francorchamps Test, day3
DAY 3 OF 3 Spa-Francorchamps 6.976km Weather: Damp in the morning, drier in the afternoon. Air temperature: 23C   1 K Raikkonen Ferrari 1:47.042 69 2 R Kubica BMW-Sauber 1:47.265 78 3 F Alonso McLaren Mercedes 1:47.645 75 4 M Webber Red Bull 1:47.699 44 5 G Fisichella Renault F1 1:47.724 76 more >>
Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Spa-Francorchamps Test, Day 3
Sebastien Bourdais 1:48.585 91 laps chassis STR2-02 Circuit length: 7.004 km   An almost dry day is about as good as it gets in the Ardennes forest and that was what faced the teams on this final day of the Spa test. The track was damp at first, but by the end of the morning, Sebastien was able to fit dry weather tyres and from then on there wa more >>
Red Bull Racing F1 - Spa-Francorchamps Test, Day 3
Mark Webber 1:47.699 44 laps (fastest lap K. Raikkonen, 1.47.042) Circuit length: 7.004 km  Mark Webber's return to Spa was not a straightforward one as a close encounter with a white line on dry weather tyres on a damp track saw the Australian spin, doing some damage to front and rear wings on the RB3. Once repaired, he was back out again on a more >>
Panasonic Toyota Racing F1 - Spa Test day3
Spa-Francorchamps Test Day 3 Thursday July 12, 2007 Location: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Driver: Jarno Trulli Track Length: 7.004km   STANDARD DAMP Panasonic Toyota Racing today completed its week's testing with a solid day of running at Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps. Following yesterday's ra more >>
Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes F1 - Spa-Francorchamps test day2
Date: Wednesday 11th July 2007 Driver: Fernando Alonso Location: Spa Francorchamps, Belgium Track Length: 7.004km Weather: Wet to start, drying out during the morning. Rain during the afternoon: Track temperature, 26.1C / Ambient temperature, 14.3C Laps Run: 68 Kilometres Covered: 476km approx. Best Lap Time: 1m47.012 at 11:47 P more >>
AT&T Williams F1 SPA TEST - Day2
Dickie Stanford, Test Team Manager, Williams F1: "The whole session was severely hampered by rain today. We spent most of the day carrying out our usual set-up preparations just waiting for dry spells and the opportunity to send the car out. As a result, we lost a lot of track time. Alex will take over from Nico tomorrow so we will spend the evening converting the more >>

more >>


2001-2022 full copyright