•The lowdown on the famous Spa
Circuit length: 7.004km/4.352miles
Race distance: 308.052km/191.491miles
Lap record: 1min 47.263secs (Sebastian Vettel, 2009)
2013 pole position: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 2mins 01.012secs
2013 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2013 fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1min 50.756secs
Number of corners: 19 (10 left/9 right)
Tyre compounds to be used: medium/soft
Overtaking chance: medium/high
Engine severity: very high
Brake wear severity: low
Gearbox severity: low
Winners from pole position since 2004: 3
No of safety cars deployed since 2004: 9
2013 winning strategy: 2 stops (laps 14, 30)
2013 total race pit stops: 43
2013 total ‘normal’ overtakes: 27
2013 DRS-aided overtakes: 27
The most successful driver at the Belgian Grand Prix is Michael Schumacher with six wins, followed by Ayrton Senna with five.
* Ferrari are the most successful constructor in Belgium with 16 victories to McLaren’s 14. Both, however, have won the race a dozen times at Spa-Franchorchamps.
* There are five Belgian Grand Prix winners entered this weekend. Felipe Massa won in 2008, Hamilton in 2010 and 2012, Vettel in 2011 and 2013, whilst Kimi Raikkonen has four victories to his credit in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
* Raikkonen’s first win at Spa came from a starting position of 10th, although that is not the lowest grid slot from which victory has been achieved as Schumacher’s 1995 win was from 16th.
* The circuit has a 75 per cent risk of a safety car deployment, placing it in the ‘very high’ risk category.