Formula 1 people are not very good at holidays and most of them are probably glad to get back to work after the summer break. The fact that the return to active duty involves travelling to Spa-Francorchamps makes the start of the second half of the year even better, as the Belgian track is unanimously considered one of the very best, if not the best on the entire nineteen race calendar.
Even if the fearsome 14 kilometre track was consigned to history after the 1970 race, the current layout, at around half that distance, still contains some of the most exciting high speed corners in the world. Racing drivers being the strange creatures they are, reckon the famous Eau Rouge flick-flack is not the challenge it used to be now that it’s generally taken flat out in the dry – so not that often given the unusual microclimate in this part of the Ardennes forests. But that leaves plenty of other challenges and you won’t hear drivers pooh-pooh Pouhon, a fearsome left hander you enter at over 200 km/h and they can still blanche at Blanchimont.
Both our drivers like Spa and are looking forward to the Belgian weekend, hoping to do even better than last year, when both of them finished in the points; Jean-Eric Vergne taking the flag in eighth place, one ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.