Belgium F1 Is Looming

Adam PooleAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2008

With fewer than five days until the Grand Prix of Belgium, here is a little information about the track.

The track, Spa-Francorchamps, is 7.004km long with a total race distance of 308.052km. The track's name sponsor is ING.  Kimi Raikonnen set the lap record in 2004 in an outstanding 1m 45.108.

Last year Kimi won the race in a Ferrari one-two, and this is just the kick McLaren need to push as hard as possible in this week's race.

McLaren's CEO Martin Whitmarsh has admitted that a win at Spa is pivotal, saying, "It's vital that every member of the team pulls together to make sure these races pass without undue incident and set us up nicely for the final flyaway races."

With engine failures from both Ferraris in the last two races, McLaren will be counting on Ferrari worrying as both Spa and Monza are very tough on F1 engines. 

Mr. Whitmarsh has a lot of trust in the McLaren V8 engine, saying, "The reality is that we have tremendous faith in our colleagues at Mercedes-Benz and feel comfortable with both our engine's performance and reliability."

With a few development upgrades in the pipeline at McLaren for their trip to Monza, it is very uncertain just what the next two races are going to bring.

One thing is certain, however. You can bet that Ferrari and McLaren will fight this one to the death.