There was a wonderful sense of symmetry at Spa on Thursday. Two decades to the day since Michael Schumacher made his first grand prix start at this very circuit, it was no surprise that the seven-time world champion was the centre of attention.
He will be hoping that his race lasts a little longer than it did on August 25, 1991, when he burned up a clutch that had seen better days. Despite his penchant in recent races for incidents (two collisions and two spins in the last four races), there are signs that if he has a clean run on Sunday afternoon, he could end up ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg on merit.
But that's one for the future; today was a time to look back.
Sat next to Schumache in the FIA press conference was Sebastian Vettel, who added to the jovial atmosphere by recollecting his early experiences with his predecessor as Germany's F1 superstar. He didn't mention that he was only four years old when Schumacher made that amazing debut at Spa, which was in stark contrast to some drivers, who have been known to recall watching great moments of racing that occurred even before they were born, but it was a reminder of the incredible longevity of the Mercedes driver.
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