F1 News - Belgian Grand Prix: Who will be rejuvenated by a weekend at Spa?
"It's a place where you really feel on the limit and that's pretty awesome in an F1 car."
That was Lewis Hamilton's take on the Belgian Grand Prix in 2011. Back then, he was entering his final years with McLaren and only one championship trophy nestled in the cabinet.
As the summer break draws to a close and the second manic half of the season begins, the Briton now holds in his hands a 24-point lead over rival Sebastian Vettel and a finger tip lightly grazing a possible fifth world title.
One of the most historic circuits on the calendar, the majestic Spa-Francorchamps is the perfect setting for a first-class battle to reconvene.
Long straights mixed with the challenge of fast, sweeping corners, this 7km track located in a valley of the Ardennes mountains is as picturesque as a wish-you-where-here postcard, yet as brutal a test as any Formula 1 driver will face.
Rewind to 2017 in Belgium and the roles were reserved in the hunt for glory between Hamilton and Vettel, with the German this time flying high with a 14-point advantage after victory in Hungary.
But it was the Mercedes man who seemed to be recharged the most after the holiday recess. Equalling Michael Schumacher's career record of 68 pole positions was the first strike, then a tense afternoon of cat-and-mouse chasing between the pair on race day finally ended in a Silver Arrows win and a title deficit cut by seven points.
That victory was the catalyst for Hamilton to claim three chequered flags in a row and Vettel to mourn the eventual loss of joining the five-time title winners' club.
Festivities around Spa should be doubly raucous this weekend, as the twentieth anniversary of one of the most memorable races ever is celebrated. You can read all about the rain-soaked carnage, pile-ups and bust-ups of the incredible 1998 Belgian Grand Prix here.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen could be the driver to keep an eye out for as the Finn has notched-up five consecutive podium finishes since the French Grand Prix in June. He also has the honour of being joint third in the all-time winners' list at Spa, with four victories.
Is it time for the Iceman to step-in and shake-up a two-horse championship race?
As we mentioned earlier, the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix is 20 years old this month.
Out of the 22 drivers who started that day, only six cars ended up crossing the finish line.
We want you to name those six lucky drivers, plus the team they represented.
There are two minutes on the clock to get guessing on this one. Some will be very easy, others might need a quick jog of the memory.
Who finished the Belgian GP in 1998?
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August 21, 2018 at 02:51PM