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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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.