Objective Spa: A circuit and temperatures from the past
The cogs of Formula 1 have started turning again. At the start of this week, the logistics and catering advance party set off for Belgium, along with the “mini-team” that does all the set-up work at the track. The bulk of the team goes on Wednesday afternoon. The summer break is over and, right away, we’re dealing with another back to back. Two races in two weekends and it’s an important sequence for Scuderia Ferrari, given that, after Spa, we have our home race at Monza.
The novelty this weekend might be the cold weather. Over the past few years, the Ardennes have been more like the Antilles, with unusually high temperatures for this time of year and in this hilly terrain. This time, the forecast, which always has to be taken with a pinch of salt, is for maximum temperatures no higher than 14 to 16 degrees. At the moment, the risk of rain is quite high for free practice on Friday, lower for qualifying and virtually nil for race day.
The track is a part of history, having been in use for over ninety years, albeit with different configurations. It’s the longest track on the calendar at over seven kilometres and the most “swoopy” with over a hundred metres of elevation change. The current cars’ levels of aerodynamic downforce have made it easier to tackle corners such as Eau Rouge, Raidillon and Pouhon, but the circuit maintains its challenging nature, while the crowds help make the show.