Ferrari finish sixth and ninth after dramatic Belgian Grand Prix

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Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit is among the most historic on the Formula One calendar, having hosted a (non-championship) Grand Prix as long ago as 1924, and remains one of the most popular venues with drivers and fans alike.

Run on narrow public roads, the original Spa layout was an amazing 14.9 kilometres long and notoriously dangerous. The lap distance was reduced slightly over the years, with some corners eased, but when the 'old' circuit staged its final Grand Prix in 1970 it still measured just over 14 kilometres and remained staggeringly quick - Chris Amon set that year's fastest lap at an average speed of just under 245 km/h.


Fast forward to 2016, and the ever dominant Lewis Hamilton sat in pole alongside Max Verstappen, with both Ferrari's looking to make a promising start after the summer break. Both Ferraris got the jump on Hamilton's slow moving Mercedes at the start, but on a two-stop strategy they couldn't keep him behind after the pit stops. Nonetheless, they weren't challenged by Williams or Red Bull and came home an encouraging third and fourth.

But Ferrari's race unravelled within a few hundred metres when Vettel, Raikkonen and Max Verstappen made contact as they tried to go through the La Source hairpin three wide.

All three had to pit, dropping to the back of the field, with Vettel and Raikkonen nursing damaged cars to sixth and ninth.

"What is encouraging is after the accident, both cars - Sebastian and Kimi - were really damaged, on the floor and other parts, and even so, the performance they showed considering these troubles was quite good," said Ferrari's team principal.

"The positives we can take is that, despite extensive damage, our car proved fast and resilient throughout.

"We turn a page, we look forward to Monza with some positive information."


Ferrari lost ground to Red Bull in the battle for second in the constructors' championship and now trails its rival by 22 points.

However, despite criticism of the Italian team's deteriorating form, Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene insisted Ferrari remains resilient.

"Even if we have some that are trying to depict the different situations, the team is very compact," he said.

"We are all united here. We are working all together and looking forward to having a good race in the Italian Grand Prix."

Belgian Grand Prix

First Grand Prix - 1950

Number of Laps - 44

Circuit Length - 7.004KM

Race Distance - 308.052KM

Lap Record - 1:47.26Sebastian Vettel (2009)






 

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