Round 8 Preview – Belgium

Spa-Francorchamps

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

It’s back! GP2 is back! Nobody likes these summer breaks and I for one have been eager for the racing to get back underway again since the fall of the checkered flag at the end of the Hungary Sprint Race four weeks ago. This weekend the Series heads to the most popular venue on the calendar: Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

The undulating circuit in eastern Belgium is known for the notorious Eau Rouge corner that sends the drivers up the following blind entry hill.

Last time out in Hungary we saw Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr getting at each other’s throats after a couple of tasty battles in both the Feature and Sprint Races. Palmer came out on top in both battles and extended his championship lead.

There is no news to bring you up-to-date with, not even a driver change believe it or not.

Pirelli has nominated the Hard and Medium compound tyres for this weekend which is wise given the stresses and strains endured by the tyres through the fastest corners on the calendar. I imagine a lot of people will start on the Hard tyres in the Feature Race and stop very late and use the softer rubber to their advantage in the later stages. Remember Johnny Cecotto’s race winning strategy back in Spain?

If you want to get involved with Callum Rowe’s GP2 Blog this weekend, you can. After Hungary, four fans wrote reviews of the weekend and this weekend it could be you. Drop me a Tweet if you’re interested and I’ll tell you what you need to do.

Onboard cameras

– Felipe Nasr
– Jolyon Palmer
– Stoffel Vandoorne
– Marco Sørensen

Timetable

Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium: August 22-24

Practice: Friday 22 August, 11:55 (10:55 BST)

Qualifying: Friday 22 August, 15:55 (14:55 BST)

Feature Race: Saturday 23 August, 15:40 (14:40 BST)

Sprint Race: Sunday 24 August, 10:35 (09:35 BST)

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