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The 2007 Belgian GP Preview

Although all eyes will be on Paris this week, Formula One action will resume after the FIA hearing, and where better than at the thrilling Spa circuit. Tom Keeble analyses the prospects ahead of the fourteenth race of the season

Analysis

Known as a drivers' circuit, Spa Francorchamps is a big challenge for engines: not only are there long straights and fast corners, but the Eau Rouge corner puts the biggest vertical G forces of the year on the oil system.

Despite the relatively long straights, the fast corners require relatively high downforce to minimise laptimes; however, as drag levels go up, top speeds suffer, leaving drivers vulnerable to being passed on the straights; accordingly, teams anticipating a dry race will run relatively low levels of downforce, probably on a par with Canada and the US settings. On the other hand, those anticipating rain will be prepared to compromise straight-line speed in order to have a high enough downforce to give an advantage when the surface is wet.

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