Key Strategic Moment
Lotus F1 Team's decision to pit Romain Grosjean under the Virtual Safety Car on lap 21 of the 2015 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX proved to be the Key Strategic Moment of the race. He lost less time than normal on his pitstop and was in a position at the end to challenge Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who hadn’t pitted and switched to a one-stop strategy. Vettel suffered a tyre problem and Grosjean got a podium.
Race Strategy Briefing
Winning at Spa is never easy. The changeable conditions, the challenge of the daunting circuit, strong chance of a safety car and high tyre wear make this one of the toughest races to manage strategically. Spa has many fast corners and the loads on the tyres are high. As the track is set over a large area with lots of elevation changes, there is a chance that it can be raining on one part of the circuit and not on the rest, which puts pressure on drivers and teams to make the right calls. It is easy to overtake here on the long straights, which means that it is possible to recover any lost ground. But as engine power counts for more at Spa than anywhere else, you need the right power unit to really do well.
In collaboration with James Allen
Spa-Francorchamps in the Ardennes forest is a pilgrimage for Formula 1 fans across the world every year as they travel to Belgium to admire Formula 1 cars through the iconic high speed corners Eau Rouge, Pouhon and Blanchimont. Its mix of fast and slow corners and undulating surfaces make it one of the most challenging tracks in the world. Sudden rain showers have contributed to some very memorable Grand Prix moments. Its size, spread out across seven kilometres, means that it can be dry in the pits but pouring with rain at the other end of the circuit. With its fair share of incidents, the 1998 GP was the most spectacular in recent times. Thirteen of the twenty-two starters were wiped out only a few hundred yards in to the race due to heavy rain and a collision between Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard. Damon Hill won the race for the Jordan team. Kimi Räikkönen has won the race four times and Sebastian Vettel twice.
Circuit length 7.004 km
Race distance 308.052 km
2014 winner Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing-Renault)