The prospect of the Belgian Grand Prix no longer providing the annual kickstart for the second part of the Formula 1 season is a downer for me. The essence of the current layout appeared on the calendar in 1983 at a time when I was becoming immersed in motorsport and it bowled me over with its speeds, dips, climbs and forested borders. Ten years later, winning a one-make series race there gave me a huge lift.
But not everyone feels the same about Spa. My former co-commentator and five-time GP winner John Watson raced there for McLaren in 1983 when it hosted a grand prix for the first time since 1970. He had high hopes of enjoying a track which had been revamped from the former road course of 8.7 miles created between the wars.
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The Australian rising star is fast, consistent, confident, adaptable and has shown excellent racecraft, but there’s already a taint to his reputation. That hasn’t stopped him becoming the hottest property in this year’s F1 driver market and why McLaren moved fast to snap up the 21-year-old
Formula 1's incoming engine rules shake-up has multiple targets. But it may also solve what has been a bone of contention since the hybrids arrived in 2014. The new plan will allow the series to pump up the volume
Nyck de Vries appeared to have missed his opportunity to break into Formula 1 as he was passed over for more exciting talents who have now become frontrunners and title fighters. But after catching the eye outside of the F1 sphere, before his stunning impromptu grand prix debut in Italy, will it lead to a delayed full-time race seat?
The Singapore Grand Prix has, explains BEN EDWARDS, played an important role in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 career. As the series returns to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time in three years, he faces the latest challenge with an underperforming Mercedes car
Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory
With Formula 1’s future engine regulations now agreed, MARK GALLAGHER wonders if they will provide a more competitive field than past attempts actually managed
STUART CODLING charts the development of the Williams FW09, the ugly duckling that heralded the start of the title-winning Williams-Honda partnership
Wolff questions Piastri’s “this is wrong" F1 tweet
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