Formula One returns following summer break: Belgian Grand Prix

Drivers'favourite: The uphill Eau Rouge corner is one of the more challenging corners on the circuit

Drivers’favourite: The uphill Eau Rouge corner is one of the more challenging corners on the circuit

King of Spa: Michael Schumacher has won the most amount of Belgian Grand Prix

King of Spa: Michael Schumacher has won the most amount of Belgian Grand Prix

One to watch:Kimi Raikkonen is the most successful of the current drivers at Spa, winning four times

One to watch:Kimi Raikkonen is the most successful of the current drivers at Spa, winning four times

•The lowdown on the famous Spa

Venue: Spa-Francorchamps

Circuit length: 7.004km/4.352miles

Laps: 44

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

Bumpiness: medium/low

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.

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