By Alex Kapadia
The Belgian Grand Prix takes place on one of the drivers’ favourite circuits where all the multiple winners have claimed at least one championship title each.
Pirelli tyres describe the Spa Francorchamps circuit as an “epic track”, with the longest lap of the year, huge changes in elevation, plenty of time spent at full throttle and variable weather conditions.
Lucas di Grassi, Pirelli’s test driver, said: “Spa is a real old-style circuit, which is very fast and technical. I love it, and it’s always a huge pleasure to go there.
“In terms of set-up it’s always a compromise, as you need plenty of straight-line speed but also lots of downforce for all the quick corners.
“There are several points where you can overtake – after Eau Rouge is a good place, for example – and this is always a circuit where it pays to be brave.
“For the tyres, it’s definitely a challenging race as a huge amount of energy goes through them because of the high speeds and big aerodynamic loads.
“The other big factor is the weather: from my experience here in the past I would definitely expect to see the intermediate and the rain tyres being used at some point during the weekend. Even when it is dry on one part of the track, it can be raining at another place…”