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Formula One - Belgian Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, Aug. 25
SITE: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps -- Spa, Belgium
TRACK: 7.004 km (4.352 miles), 19-turn road course
CAPACITY: 100,000+
ANNUAL: 58th
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
START TIME: 8 a.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, Aug. 24/8 a.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jenson Button
RUNNER-UP: Sebastian Vettel
POLE WINNER: Jenson Button (Finished 1)
LAPS: 44
MILES: 191.488 (308.052 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2002 (1 min., 43.726 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Kimi Raikkonen, 2007 (1 hr., 20 min., 39.066 secs.)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jenson Button16Mark Webber12
2Sebastian Vettel107Michael Schumacher13
3Kimi Raikkonen38Jean-Eric Vergne15
4Nico Hulkenberg119Daniel Ricciardo16
5Felipe Massa1410Paul di Resta9
2012 Belgian Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 207.344 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 29 mins., 8.530 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 13.624 secs.
CARS RUNNING AT FINISH: 18
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 13
FASTEST LAP: Bruno Senna, 1:52.822, Lap 43
POLE WINNER: Jenson Button (1:47.573)
Past Belgian Grand Prix Winners (car) - Speed (Time)
2012 -- Jenson Button (1) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 207.344 kph/1:29:08.530
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 213.066 kph/1:26:44.893
2010 -- Lewis Hamilton (2) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 207.509 kph/1:29:4.268
2009 -- Kimi Raikkonen (6) -- Ferrari -- 220.430 kph/1:23:50.995
2008 -- Felipe Massa (2) -- Ferrari -- 222.715 kph/1:22:59.394
2007 -- Kimi Raikkonen (1) -- Ferrari -- 229.174 kph/1:20:39.066
2006 -- Not Held
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen (2) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 204.568 kph/1:30.01.295
2004 -- Kimi Raikkonen (10) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 198.898 kph/1:32:35.274
2003 -- Not Held
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:21:20.634
2001 -- Michael Schumacher (3) -- Ferrari -- 1:08:05.002
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen (1) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:28'14.494
1999 -- David Coulthard (2) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:25:43.057
1998 -- Damon Hill (3) -- Jordan-Mugen-Honda -- 1:43:47.407
1997 -- Michael Schumacher (3) -- Ferrari -- 1:33:46.717
1996 -- Michael Schumacher (3) -- Ferrari -- 1:28:15.125
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (16) -- Benetton-Renault -- 1:36:47.375
1994 -- Damon Hill (3) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:28:47.170
1993 -- Damon Hill (2) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:24:32.124
1992 -- Michael Schumacher (3) -- Benetton-Ford -- 1:36:10.721
1991 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:27:17.669
1990 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:26:31.997
1989 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:40:54.196
1988 -- Ayrton Senna (1) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:28:00.549
1987 -- Alain Prost (6) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:27:03.217
1986 -- Nigel Mansell (5) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:27:57.925
1985 -- Ayrton Senna (2) -- Lotus-Renault -- 1:34:19.893
1984 -- Michele Alboreto (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:36:32.048
1983 -- Alain Prost (1) -- Renault -- 1:27:11.502
1982 -- John Watson (10) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:35:41.995
1981 -- Carlos Reutemann (1) -- Williams-Ford -- 1:16:31.61
1980 -- Didier Pironi (2) -- Ligier-Ford -- 1:38:46.51
1979 -- Jody Scheckter (7) -- Ferrari -- 1:39:59.53
1978 -- Mario Andretti (1) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:39:52.02
1977 -- Gunnar Nilsson (3) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:55:05.71
1976 -- Niki Lauda (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:42:53.23
1975 -- Niki Lauda (1) -- Ferrari -- 1:43:53.98
1974 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (4) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:44:20.57
1973 -- Jackie Stewart (6) -- Tyrrell-Ford -- 1:42:13.43
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (1) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:44:06.7
1971 -- Not Held
1970 -- Pedro Rodriguez (6) -- BRM -- 1:38:09.9
1969 -- Not Held
1968 -- Bruce McLaren (6) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:40:02.1
1967 -- Dan Gurney (2) -- Eagle-Weslake -- 1:40:49.4
1966 -- John Surtees (1) -- Ferrari -- 2:09:11.3
1965 -- Jim Clark (2) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:23:34.8
1964 -- Jim Clark (6) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:06:40.5
1963 -- Jim Clark (8) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:27:47.6
1962 -- Jim Clark (12) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:07:32.3
1961 -- Phil Hill (1) -- Ferrari -- 2:03:03.8
1960 -- Jack Brabham (1) -- Cooper-Climax -- 2:21.37.3
1959 -- Not Held
1958 -- Tony Brooks (5) -- Vanwall -- 1:37:06.3
1957 -- Not Held
1956 -- Peter Collins (3) -- Ferrari -- 2:40:00.3
1955 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (2) -- Mercedes -- 2:39:29.0
1954 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1) -- Maserati -- 2:44:42.4
1953 -- Alberto Ascari (2) -- Ferrari -- 2:48:30.3
1952 -- Alberto Ascari (1) -- Ferrari -- 3:03:46.3
1951 -- Nino Farina (2) -- Alfa Romeo -- 2:45:66.2
1950 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (2) -- Alfa Romeo -- 2:47:26
Past Belgian Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Jenson Button - 1
2011 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2010 -- Mark Webber -- 2
2009 -- Giancarlo Fisichella -- 2
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 3
2007 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 1
2006 -- Not Held
2005 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 14
2004 -- Jarno Trulli -- 9
2003 -- Not Held
2002 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
2001 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 16
2000 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 2
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 16
1997 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 5
1996 -- Jacques Villeneuve -- 2
1995 -- Gerhard Berger -- 18
1994 -- Rubens Barrichello -- 19
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 3
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 2
1991 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1
1987 -- Nigel Mansell -- 14
1986 -- Nelson Piquet -- 19
1985 -- Alain Prost -- 3
1984 -- Michele Alboreto -- 1
1983 -- Alain Prost -- 1
1982 -- Alain Prost -- 13
1981 -- Carlos Reutemann -- 1
1980 -- Alan Jones -- 2
1979 -- Jacques Laffite -- 2
1978 -- Mario Andretti -- 1
1977 -- Mario Andretti -- 25
1976 -- Niki Lauda -- 1
1975 -- Niki Lauda -- 1
1974 -- Clay Regazzoni -- 4
1973 -- Ronnie Peterson -- 15
1972 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 1
1971 -- Not Held
1970 -- Jackie Stewart -- 12
1969 -- Not Held
1968 -- Chris Amon -- 12
1967 -- Jim Clark -- 6
1966 -- John Surtees -- 1
1965 -- Graham Hill -- 5
1964 -- Dan Gurney -- 6
1963 -- Graham Hill -- 10
1962 -- Graham Hill -- 2
1961 -- Phil Hill -- 1
1960 -- Jack Brabham -- 1
1959 -- Not Held
1958 -- Mike Hawthorn -- 2
1957 -- Not Held
1956 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 9
1955 -- Eugenio Castellotti -- 11
1954 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1
1953 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 15
1952 -- Alberto Ascari -- 1
1951 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 9
1950 -- Nino Farina -- 4
Last Race Results
RACE: Hungarian Grand Prix (July 28)
SITE: Hungaroring -- Budapest, Hungary
LAPS: 70
MILES: 190.540 (306.630 km)
WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
RUNNER-UP: Kimi Raikkonen
THIRD: Sebastian Vettel
FOURTH: Mark Webber
FIFTH: Fernando Alonso
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 42 mins., 29.445 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 179.506 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 10.938 secs.
Belgian Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
4Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
5 *Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
6Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
9Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
10Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
11Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Ferrari/Sauber
12Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
14Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
15Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Mercedes/Sahara Force India
16Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
17Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Renault/Williams
18Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
19Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
20Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Renault/Caterham
21Giedo van der Garde (Rhenen, Nether.)Renault/Caterham
22Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Cosworth/Marussia
23Max Chilton (Reigate, England)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Jenson Button143---181517223Won
Sebastian Vettel---------215315Won2
Kimi RaikkonenWonWon---Won18Won------3
Felipe Massa410---2Won---485
Mark Webber174---789326
Nico Rosberg---------61286611
Fernando Alonso162---341521422
Lewis Hamilton---------4319Won2223
Romain Grosjean---------------18------24
 
Mover of the Week
Mark Webber - started 10 and finished 4
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - finished 3
 
NOTES:
The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps is the 11th round on the 2013 Formula One calendar.

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit traces its origins back to the interwar period. In 1920, the first formal racing layout used public roads between the towns of Malmedy, Stavelot and the village of Francorchamps. By the start of the F1 World Championship era, it had developed into a 14.1-kilometer circuit. After many fatalities and serious injuries, the circuit was drastically reduced to a seven kilometers in the late 1970s. There have been several updates to the circuit since, with many of the faster corners being re-profiled to bring the racetrack up to the safety standards expected of a modern grand prix circuit.

Spa-Francorchamps was one of the venues used in 1950 for the inaugural F1 world championship season. It has been the circuit used for the bulk of Belgian GP, hosting the race for 45 of its previous 57 runnings.

The Belgian GP also was held at Nivelles (1972 and '74) and Zolder (1973, 1975-82, and '84). Spa-Francorchamps has hosted the race in all other years, with the exception of 1957, '59 , '69, '71, 2003 and '06, when it was not on the F1 calendar.

Michael Schumacher holds the record for most victories in the Belgian GP with six. Kimi Raikkonen leads all active drivers with four wins in this race.

Ferrari leads all constructors with 16 victories in the Belgian GP. McLaren is next in line with 13 wins.

In the 2001 Belgian GP, Michael Schumacher claimed his 52nd career F1 victory. Schumacher surpassed Alain Prost's record for most wins in the sport. The seven-time F1 champion went on to end his career with 91 victories. He retired for good following the 2012 season.

One year ago at Spa, Schumacher competed in his 300th grand prix. He made his F1 debut in the 1991 Belgian GP.

Jim Clark and Ayrton Senna are those drivers who won the Belgian GP four consecutive times. Clark's victories in this race occurred from 1962-65. Senna scored four wins in a row in the Belgian GP from 1988-91. Schumacher won it three straight times from 1995-97.

Round 12 in this year's F1 world championship is the Sept. 8 Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Italy. Lewis Hamilton is the defending race winner.

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