Laps: 44 laps
Start time: 14:00hrs local / 13:00hrs BST
The short dash to Turn One reduces the emphasis on any grid advantage. Pole position isn’t on the grippy racing line; it’s on the right side of the grid, giving the pole-sitter the inside line for Turn One.
There are two DRS zones, on the approaches to Turns One and Five.
Don't put the kettle on...
Last year’s race strategy was skewed by the red flag on lap nine, after Kevin Magnussen crashed at Eau Rouge. Race winner Nico Rosberg used a two-stop strategy – one stint on the Soft tyre, followed by two stints on the Medium – and the likelihood of a repeat this year won’t be known until after Friday practice, because Pirelli is taking its softest compounds to the race for the first time.
390m/0.242 miles (longest of the season: Silverstone, 457m/0.283 miles). A pitstop takes 20s, but the time loss to those on-track is relatively small because they have to negotiate the La Source hairpin.
80 per cent, which is high. Most accidents at Spa are high-speed and take a lot of clearing up, but the weather can also bring out the Safety Car. A heavy downpour prior to the start of the 1997 race resulted in the sport’s first ever Safety Car start.
Watch out for...
Turn 10, a 180-degree double-apex left-hander. Last year’s entry speed was 290km/h/180mph; this year, with the extra grip produced by the 2017 cars, it’s expected to be even faster. The drivers need to be totally committed through here in order to be fast.
What makes this race interesting...
The unpredictable nature of it. The weather often plays a part and such is the length of the track that it can sometimes be dry on one section of track and wet on another. Whatever the weather, it’s possible to overtake at Spa-Francorchamps and that’s why the races are often memorable.