August 22, 2018 / 9:27 AM / a month ago

Motor racing-Formula One statistics for the Belgian Grand Prix

Aug 22 (Reuters) - Statistics for Sunday’s Belgian Formula One Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps:

Lap distance: 7.004km. Total distance: 308.052km (44 laps)

2017 pole: Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes one minute 42.553 seconds.

2017 winner: Hamilton

Race lap record: Sebastian Vettel (Germany) one minute 46.577 seconds (Ferrari, 2017)

Start time: 1310 GMT (1510 local)

BELGIUM

This year’s race will be the 51st Belgian Grand Prix at Spa and eight of the last 16 have been won from pole position.

Mercedes have won the last three Belgian GPs. Ferrari have not won at Spa since Kimi Raikkonen in 2009.

Michael Schumacher won a record six times at Spa, including from 16th on the grid in a wet 1995 race.

Three Belgians have finished on the podium in their home race — Paul Frere, Olivier Gendebien and Jacky Ickx. McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne is the only Belgian on the current grid.

Spa is the longest lap of the season and one of the fastest, with an average speed of around 230 kph. Cars are flat out for about 70 percent of the time.

Four current drivers have won at Spa: Raikkonen (2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009), Hamilton (2010, 2015, 2017), Vettel (2011, 2013) and Daniel Ricciardo (2014).

RACE WINS

Hamilton has five wins this season to Vettel’s four. Red Bull’s Ricciardo has two and Max Verstappen one.

Hamilton has 67 victories from 220 races and is second in the all-time list behind seven-times world champion Schumacher (91). Vettel has 51, Ricciardo seven.

Raikkonen has now gone 106 races since his last win, in Australia in 2013.

Ferrari have won 233 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 81 and Red Bull 58. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.

POLE POSITION

Hamilton has a record 77 career poles, Vettel 55.

Verstappen, at 20-years-old, can still become the youngest ever pole sitter this season. The current youngest is Vettel, who did it at the age of 21 years and 72 days.

Verstappen’s birthday is on Sept. 30.

PODIUM

Hamilton has 126 career podiums and is second on the all-time list behind Schumacher (155). Vettel has 106, Raikkonen 99.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has had five second-place finishes in 12 races.

Raikkonen has been on the podium in his last five races.

POINTS

Hamilton leads Vettel by 24 points.

Mercedes are 10 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.

Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) is the only driver yet to score a point this season.

MILESTONES

Raikkonen can take his 100th career podium finish in Belgium.

Hamilton has 39 fastest laps and can become only the fourth driver to reach 40. The others are Schumacher (77), Raikkonen (46) and Alain Prost (41). Vettel is on 34. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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