Leafield Technical Centre, UK – 20th August 2013

Race Laps: 44
Pitlane altitude (m): 416

2012 Information
Air / track temp ( C): 17 / 19
ATM Press (HPA): 977
Hum (%): 45
Wind (direction / kph): SSE 2

2012 Timing

2012 Qualifying
P1: BUT (1:47.573 Q3)
P2: KOB (1:47.871 Q3)
P3: MAL (1:47.893 Q3)
CF1T best: P19 KOV (1:51.739 Q1)

2012 Race
P1: BUT (1:54.293, L40)
P2: VET (1:54.198, L39)
P3: RAI (1:53.640, L34)
CF1T best: P14 PET (1:56.741, L28)

Quick description
Medium-low downforce track
Easy on brakes and cooling
Minimum ride height is determined by T3 (Eau Rouge)
Longest circuit length of the season
7th gear ratio needs to take into account affect strong winds can have on speed on the main straight
Tend to run on the limiter in 7th gear to allow higher revs in Eau Rouge
Top speed can be reached by T5 or T18 depending on wind direction
Top speed is important for good lap time in S1/S3 and for overtaking
S2 is a downforce dominant sector
No IN lap after the chequered flag

Circuit Particularity
Bumpiness: medium / low
Overtaking chance: medium-high
Kerbs: low
Ride height setting particularity: high front ride height for T3
Engine severity: very high
Gearbox severity: very low
Lat / long grip: longitudinal
Aero eff ratio: high
Safety car history: 2012 – 1 (laps 1 to 4), 2011 – 1 (laps 13 – 16), 2010 – 2 (laps 2-3 and 38-40)
Track grip evo during w/e: high
Aero settings: medium / low
Brake wear severity: low
Brake cooling necessity: low

Team Quotes

Charles Pic: “I’ve had a great holiday with my family in France and it’s always good to recharge, particularly with seven of the races in the second half of the season being flyaways, but now I’m ready to get back to racing.

“The second to last European race of the season at Spa is one of the classic Grands Prix and there’s a lot of history about the track, particularly when you look back at what it used to be like! These days it’s obviously much shorter, and safer, but it’s still a very good challenge in an F1 car, whatever the weather is like! The main technical focus on Friday and Saturday morning is getting the balance right between the outright speed you need for the high speed sections, like the run to Les Combes, and the downforce you need to push in sector two, particularly through corners like Pouhon which is very quick when you have the car set up well. Get the balance right and a quick lap of Spa is a very satisfying feeling – for the drivers inside the cockpit and the fans watching the cars through corners like Eau Rouge, it’s what F1 is all about!”

Giedo van der Garde: “I’ve had a pretty busy August break, spending some time down in Valencia with my physio to keep up the training programme, and then off to Italy for a few days of holiday completely away from motor racing, but now it’s back to work at Spa.

“Honestly, I’ve been excited about racing in F1 at Spa ever since the start of the season, actually probably for all my life! As there isn’t a Dutch Grand Prix these days the Belgian GP is the closest I have to a home race and I know there’s going to be a lot of orange flags around the track, and a lot of support for me and the team all weekend. I know we’re not going to be in a position to fight at the front of the grid, but we’ll still be pushing as hard as possible to beat our nearest rivals, and after the last race in Hungary I’m confident we can start the second half of the season in a positive way and put on a good show for all the fans who’ll make the trip to Spa. I can’t wait!”