McLaren Honda F1 Team looking ahead to Belgium

McLaren Honda F1 Team looking ahead to Belgium

22.08.2017: LOWDOWN Race title 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix Circuit name Spa-Francorchamps First race 1950 Previous winners 2016 Nico Rosberg, 44 laps, 1:44:51.058s

LOWDOWN




Race title 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix
Circuit name Spa-Francorchamps
First race 1950
Previous winners
2016 Nico Rosberg, 44 laps, 1:44:51.058s
2015 Lewis Hamilton
2014 Daniel Ricciardo


History lesson Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most revered racetracks in the world. Its fast, undulating sweeps are a stern test for car and driver, and with an average speed approaching 233km/h/145mph, it’s one of the fastest laps of the season.



The circuit is inextricably linked with McLaren because it was here, in 1968, that the team scored its first world championship grand prix victory in the hands of Bruce McLaren

 



TRAVEL


City Spa

Time zone CET/BST +1

Population 11,000

How far? Spa-Francorchamps is 340 (547 km) miles from the McLaren Technology Centre


Getting there There’s little difference in time between flying and taking the Eurostar. In 2016 the race team took the train from Ebbsfleet to Brussels; in 2017 the team is flying from London Heathrow to Brussels


Surprising fact There are 480 guesthouses in the villages surrounding Spa-Francorchamps. But there aren’t many big hotels


Local speciality Mussels (moules) and French fries, or simply fries and mayonnaise. If you don’t like fries, you could try a waffle or some local mineral water. Thanks to its plentiful springs, Spa is known as the café of Europe


Weather Recent temperatures have hovered around 20 degrees and more of the same is expected over the grand prix weekend. Irrespective of temperatures, rain is always a possibility in this region of the Ardennes mountains

 



TRACK



Track length 7.004km/4.352 miles (longest track of the year – shortest: Monaco)


2016 pole position Nico Rosberg, 1m46.744s


2016 fastest lap Lewis Hamilton, 1m51.583s (lap 40)


Lap record 1:47.263s (Sebastian Vettel, 2009)


Tyre choice Purple Ultrasoft, red Supersoft and yellow Soft – the sixth time this combination has been used in 2017


Distance to Turn One 265m/0.165 miles (longest of season: Barcelona 730m/0.454 miles)



Longest straight 2.015km/1.252 miles, from La Source to Les Combes (longest of the season: Baku, 2.1km/1.305 miles)


Top speed 360km/h/224mph, on the approach to Turn Five (fastest of season: Monza, 370km/h/230mph)


Full throttle 70 per cent (highest of the season: Monza, 75 per cent)


Brakewear Low. There are nine braking events around the lap, but only three of them are heavy


Fuel consumption 2.27kg per lap, which is high


ERS demands Low. It’s a long lap and there are plenty of opportunities to harvest braking energy


Gear changes 48 per lap/2112 per race

 


RACE



Laps 44 laps
Start time 14:00hrs local / 13:00hrs BST



Grid advantage The short dash to Turn One reduces the emphasis on any grid advantage. Pole position isn’t on the grippy racing line; it’s on the right side of the grid, giving the pole-sitter the inside line for Turn One DRS There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and Five

Don’t put the kettle on…Last year’s race strategy was skewed by the red flag on lap nine, after Kevin Magnussen crashed at Eau Rouge. Race winner Nico Rosberg used a two-stop strategy – one stint on the Soft tyre, followed by two stints on the Medium – and the likelihood of a repeat this year won’t be known until after Friday practice, because Pirelli is taking its softest compounds to the race for the first time



Pitlane length/Pitstops 390m/0.242 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). A pitstop takes 20s, but the time loss to those on-track is relatively small because they have to negotiate the La Source hairpin



Safety Car likelihood 80 per cent, which is high. Most accidents at Spa are high-speed and take a lot of clearing up, but the weather can also bring out the Safety Car. A heavy downpour prior to the start of the 1997 race resulted in the sport’s first ever Safety Car start



Watch out for…Turn 10, a 180-degree double-apex left-hander. Last year’s entry speed was 290km/h/180mph; this year, with the extra grip produced by the 2017 cars, it’s expected to be even faster. The drivers need to be totally committed through here in order to be fast









THE MANAGEMENT

ERIC BOULLIER  McLAREN-HONDA RACING DIRECTOR


 
“Going racing after the summer break is always a good feeling. We’ve all had the chance to recharge our batteries and spend valuable time with loved ones, and now we’re raring to go racing again. The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is always a special race for the team, and this year’s Belgian Grand Prix will be even more poignant.



“Firstly, it’s the home race for our very own Belgian driver Stoffel, who will be tackling his favourite circuit as a Formula 1 driver for the very first time. Secondly, Spa is the venue at which our founder, Bruce McLaren, won his first-ever grand prix for his team in 1968. What’s more, this year we’ll be celebrating another very special milestone: Bruce would have celebrated his 80th birthday on 30th August, so on Sunday we’ll be honouring his incredible legacy with a fitting tribute.


“We’ve certainly endured our fair share of ups and downs in the first half of the year, but we still have our sights fixed firmly on our goals for the end of the season and there are nine more races to demonstrate the fruits of the incredibly hard work we’re putting in behind the scenes. It’s a long season, and there are plenty more opportunities for us to push hard and score valuable points. Our reward will be continued progress, and I hope we can show the enthusiastic Belgian fans an enjoyable weekend of racing.”





 
YUSUKE HASEGAWA HONDA R&D CO. LTD HEAD OF F1 PROJECT & EXECUTIVE CHIEF ENGINEER


 
“After having a short but refreshing summer break, we’re now heading to Belgium to start the second half of the season.



“Spa-Francorchamps, one of the most popular and historical tracks on the calendar, is a tough circuit for the car with the long straights and various high-speed corners.


“It’s also said to be one of the most difficult but favourable tracks for drivers, as they are able to prove their own skills and courage through some difficult sections such as Eau Rouge, one of the toughest corners on the calendar.


“McLaren Honda had a positive wrap-up of the first half of the season in Hungary with a double points finish in the race and also collected some precious data for improvement at the in-season test.



“Now on to the second half, we see Spa-Francorchamps as a challenging circuit for us with its power-hungry features, however we will try our best to have a good race and maintain the momentum we acquired in Hungary.”

 


Silvia Hoffer Frangipane - photo McLaren

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