2014 Belgian GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

The F1 action resumes at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 20/08/14 10:30am

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The 2014 Belgian GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

The F1 action resumes after the summer break at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

So read on below as Sky Sports Online provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend.

The 2014 Belgian GP in a nutshell

Track: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Permanent circuit.

Race start time: 1pm UK time Sunday (2pm local).

Laps: 44.

Track length: 7.004 km.

Tyre allocation: Medium (white) and soft (yellow). 

DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points – pit straight and Kemmel Straight.

Driver steward: TBA.

Lap record: Sebastian Vettel - 1:47.263 (Red Bull; 2009).

2013 pole: Lewis Hamilton - 2:01.012 (Mercedes).

Lewis Hamilton: Took pole in 2013

Sky Sports F1's schedule

Thursday 21st August
2pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
9pm – Classic F1 – 2010 Belgian GP.
 
Friday 22nd August
8:45am – Belgian GP Practice One - Live!
11am – GP2 Practice – Live!
12:45pm – Belgian GP Practice Two - Live!
2:50pm – GP2 Qualifying – Live!
4pm – Team Principals’ Press Conference.
5pm – The F1 Show – Live!
6pm – Classic F1 – 2000 Belgian GP.

Saturday 23rd August
8:45am – GP3 Qualifying – Live!
9:45am – Belgian GP Practice Three - Live!
12pm – Belgian GP Qualifying – Live!
2:35pm – GP2 Feature Race – Live!
4:15pm – GP3 Race One – Live!
8:50pm – Ted’s Qualifying Notebook.
9:20pm – Classic F1 – 1982 Belgian GP.

Sunday 24th August
8:20am – GP3 Race Two – Live!
9:30am – GP2 Sprint Race – Live!
11:30am – The 2014 Belgian GP – Track Parade – Live!
12pm - The 2014 Belgian GP – Race – Live!
3:30pm - The 2014 Belgian GP – Paddock Live!
4:15pm – Tales from the Vault – Teammates.
7:30pm – Ted’s Race Notebook.
9pm – Classic F1 – 2005 Belgian GP.

Form guide

Kimi Raikkonen is the most successful of the current drivers in Belgium, having won the race on four occasions. However, he still trails Michael Schumacher who is out in front with six victories.

Sebastian Vettel is the only other multiple winner amongst those on the 2014 grid having stood atop the podium in 2011 and 2013.

2013 result: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 4. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 5. Mark Webber (Red Bull); 6. Jenson Button (McLaren); 7. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 8. Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 9. Adrian Sutil (Force India); 10. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso).

Last five winners in Belgium: 2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2012: Jenson Button (McLaren); 2011: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2010: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren); 2009: Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).

Sebastian Vettel: Winner in 2013

Tyre allocation

Pirelli will bring the white-marked medium and yellow-banded soft tyres to Spa-Francorchamps – a step softer with both compounds than last year.

“Spa is one of the most epic circuits of the year, and a track we know well from our experience of GT racing at the Spa 24 Hours too,” Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said. 

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“An adaptable tyre is the key element, able to work equally well within the very wide range of track and weather conditions that we often see in Belgium. Despite the fact that tyre wear and degradation is traditionally high at Spa – the result of the multiple energy loadings put through the tyres – we have been able to nominate the soft tyres here as well as the medium for the first time since 2011, with the softer option liable to be the preferred choice in qualifying due to a significant time gap. 

“This is because of the length of the lap, meaning also that strategy is a very big factor in Spa: there is more time to be won and lost by being on the right tyre at the right time than at many other venues. It’s the sort of race where, under the right circumstances, it’s absolutely possible to go from last to first – and that always makes for a very exciting grand prix.”

Sky Bet odds

Lewis Hamilton is odds-on favourite for the Belgian Grand Prix with Sky Bet following his charge from the pitlane to the podium in Hungary. Check out the full range of odds here

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