Those toiling within the globe-trotting FIA Formula One World Championship earned a three-week reprieve following the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. The mandated summer shutdown allowed crew members to reacquaint themselves with their families and recharge prior to the stretch run of this year’s race calendar, which resumes this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Measuring in at 7.004 kilometers (4.352 miles), Spa 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.
Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel enjoyed an 11-second win at Spa-Francorchamps 12 months ago to make it three victories in eight years at this venue.
Join us later in the afternoon for the latest updates and results from the Belgian Grand Prix, as the qualifying session is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at the wheel of the SF90, ready to challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for pole position.