The 2017 Belgian Grand Prix gets underway this weekend as the usual summer break comes to an end. Formula One teams are ready to travel to the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in order to contest the twelfth round of the 2017 Formula 1 world championship, as Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel will look to capitalize on the positive moment after winning the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, ahead of the summer break.
Measuring in at 7.004 kilometers (4.352 miles), Spa-Francorchamps is the longest venue in Formula One, outdistancing the series’ second-longest track, the 6.003-kilometer (3.730-mile) Baku City Circuit, by 1.001 kilometers (.622 of a mile). In addition to its length, Spa is known for its reputation of being a driver’s track, thanks in large part to the addition of the signature Eau Rouge and Raidillon corners in 1939, which created a fast and sweeping uphill, left-right-left combination that drivers view with reverence and attack with gusto.
However, the weather has always played an important factor in Belgium, with the long and high altitude track causing a headache for teams attempting to work weather into the strategy. Often has been the case that one part of the circuit is pouring with rain while another part is bone dry, making things difficult to stick to the plans and ideas from the free practice sessions. The extended nature of the circuit makes it possible for you could be driving on a completely soaked track in one sector and on bone dry tarmac in another, which means that choosing the right strategy and being ready to adapt to the changing circumstances is crucial at the Belgian Grand Prix.
This weekend in Spa, AccuWeather.com and MyWeather2.com inform that there is a chance for rain on Sunday. There is also a possibility for rain on Friday, the first day of running. Overall, the average temperature for the weekend will be 21 degrees.
2017 Belgian Grand Prix timetable:
THURSDAY 24th AUGUST
Formula One – Press Conference – 15:00
Promoter Activity – Public Pit Lane Walk For 3 Day Ticket Holders Only – 16:00 – 18:00
FRIDAY 25th AUGUST
Formula One – First Practice Session – 10:00 – 11:30
Formula One – Second Practice Session – 14:00 – 15:30
Formula One – Press Conference – 16:00 – 17:00
SATURDAY 26th AUGUST
Formula One – Third Practice Session – 11:00 – 12:00
Formula One – Qualifying Session – 14:00 – 15:00
SUNDAY 27th AUGUST
Formula 1 – F1 Benetton – M.Schumacher 25th Anniversary – 12:05 – 12:15
Formula One – Drivers’ Track Parade – 12:30
Promoter Activity – Starting Grid Presentation – 13:00 – 13:15
Formula One – National Anthem – 13:46
Formula One – Grand Prix (44 Laps or 120 Mins) – 14:00 – 16:00