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Belgian Grand Prix Tips & Predictions

Dave Kuzio /
Belgian Grand Prix

The Formula One campaign resumes this weekend following their mid-season break and Lewis Hamilton will be looking to win the Belgian Grand Prix for a record-breaking fifth time. Can he do it, or will it be Max Verstappen’s weekend?

Lewis Hamilton’s second-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 1st saw him move back to the top of the Drivers Standings. The Mercedes driver has won four races this season and sits on 195 points. He leads Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by eight points who has five wins under his belt. Let’s not be naïve about this, if both drivers manage to complete this race, then one of them is going to win the race. It’s as simple as that. The race for the F1 title looks like being one of the most exciting in years. Hamilton cannot afford to slip up, or Verstappen will nip in and take his title. I believe the battle to be crowned world champion will go down to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on December 12. Following the first round of practice at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas is the fastest, but I don’t see him on the podium this weekend. Verstappen was 0.164 seconds behind Bottas, and I am backing the Red Bull man to have a great weekend and end up winning the race and taking over as title leader. The best Bottas can hope for is a third-place finish, but I feel he will be out of luck. McLaren’s Lando Norris seems to be improving with every race, and I am backing him for a podium finish and extend his lead over Bottas in the overall standings.

Belgian Grand Prix Predictions & Tips: Circuit Guide

Spa Francorchamps has been the home of the Belgium Grand Prix – on-and-off – since the race was first held back in 1925, and despite undergoing several changes over the years this circuit remains one of the most popular on the Formula 1 calendar with both drivers and F1 fans. This track features one of the most famous corners in motor racing, Eau Rouge, and the 4.352-mile lap length makes it the longest circuit in all of F1. It is one of the most challenging circuits that drivers will face all season because it is a high risk-high reward track that can punish even the most smallest of mistakes, so this is a race that often produces plenty of drama and entertainment. Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton have the most wins here with four apiece. Hamilton will look to make it two wins in succession to become the outright leader at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Location: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium
Number Of Laps: 44
Lap Length: 4.352 miles
Lap Record: Valterri Bottas, 1 minute 46.286 seconds (2018)

Belgian Grand Prix Winners

 

YEAR DRIVER TEAM CIRCUIT
1925 Antonio Ascari Alfa Romeo Spa-Francorchamps
1930 Louis Chiron Bugatti Spa-Francorchamps
1931 William Grover-Williams
Caberto Conelli
Bugatti Spa-Francorchamps
1933 Tazio Nuvolari Maserati Spa-Francorchamps
1934 Rene Dreyfus Bugatti Spa-Francorchamps
1935 Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
1937 Rudolf Haase Auto Union Spa-Francorchamps
1939 Hermann Lang Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
1946 Eugene Chaboud Delage Bois de la Cambre
1947 Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo Spa-Francorchamps
1949 Louis Rosier Talbot Spa-Francorchamps
1950 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Spa-Francorchamps
1951 Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Spa-Francorchamps
1952 Alberto Ascari Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
1953 Alberto Scari Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
1954 Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Spa-Francorchamps
1955 Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Spa-Francorchamps
1956 Peter Collins Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
1958 Tony Brooks Vanwall Spa-Francorchamps
1960 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Spa-Francorchamps
1961 Phil Hill Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
1962 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Spa-Francorchamps
1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Spa-Francorchamps
1964 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Spa-Francorchamps
1965 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Spa-Francorchamps
1966 John Surtees Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
1967 Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake Spa-Francorchamps
1968 Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford Spa-Francorchamps
1970 Pedro Rodriguez BRM Spa-Francorchamps
1972 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Nivelles
1973 Jackie Stewart Tyrell-Ford Zolder
1974 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Nivelles
1975 Niki Lauda Ferrari Zolder
1976 Niki Lauda Ferrari Zolder
1977 Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford Zolder
1978 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Zolder
1979 Jody Scheckter Ferraro Zolder
1980 Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford Zolder
1981 Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford Zolder
1982 John Watson McLaren-Ford Zolder
1983 Alain Prost Renault Spa-Francorchamps
1984 Michele Alboreto Ferrari Zolder
1985 Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault Spa-Francorchamps
1986 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Spa-Francorchamps
1987 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Spa-Francorchamps
1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Spa-Francorchamps
1989 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Spa-Francorchamps
1990 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Spa-Francorchamps
1991 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Spa-Francorchamps
1992 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Spa-Francorchamps
1993 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Spa-Francorchamps
1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Spa-Francorchamps
1995 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Spa-Francorchamps
1996 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
1997 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
1998 Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda Spa-Francorchamps
1999 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
2000 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
2004 Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
2005 Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
2007 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
2009 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
2010 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
2011 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Spa-Francorchamps
2012 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Spa-Francorchamps
2014 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault Spa-Francorchamps
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
2017 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps
2018 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
2019 Charles Leclerc Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps
2020 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps

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