Round 7 Preview – Belgium

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

The summer break is over and GP2 is raring to get going again at fan and driver favourite circuit, Spa-Francorchamps.

The circuit tucked away in the rolling Ardennes forests in the Belgian hills plays host to one of the most popular events on the GP2 Series calendar. The Spa circuit is the longest this season and its spectacularly fast and flowing nature makes it a spectacle to view, be it track-side or on TV at home.

Blanchimont, Pouhon, Raidillon and of course Eau Rouge – the famous corner names that send shivers down the spines of any devoted motorsport fan. We know what it means.

Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne heads to his home event with an 83 point lead over Rio Haryanto and you could argue that the season looks all but over; but there could be life in it yet. As we say, this is GP2. This weekend  – just like any other – could be unpredictable and the tables could turn. If Haryanto, Alexander Rossi or Sergey Sirotkin have a perfect points scoring weekend and Vandoorne has a nightmare (or does a Coletti), we could have a serious fight for the title on our hands.

Rene Binder will sit out of this weekend as he recovers from a bacterial infection which restricted him last time out in Hungary. His Trident seat has been taken by Swedish driver Gustav Malja. Zoel Amberg is also recovering from various illnesses so Sergio Canamasas has been drafted in by Lazarus once again to take his place.

Briton Oliver Rowland makes a welcome return to the Series for this weekend after an impressive debut earlier in the season at his home event at Silverstone where he scored points. He will partner Daniël de Jong at MP Motorsport.

Hilmer Motorsport will run just one driver this weekend, Nick Yelloly.

Tyre supplier Pirelli has brought the P Zero Orange Hard and P Zero Yellow Soft compounds to Spa this weekend. This is a slight change to last year when the Medium compound was used instead of the Soft.

Timetable

Practice: Friday 21 August, 12:00 (11:00 BST)

Qualifying: Friday 21 August, 15:55 (14:55 BST)

Feature Race: Saturday 22 August, 15:40 (14:40 BST)

Sprint Race: Sunday 23 August, 10:35 (09:35 BST)

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