2022 Belgian Grand Prix Predictions & Race Preview
Track Preview – Spa-Francorchamps
Formula 1 returns after a four-week summer break. The 14th race in the season will be held at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium. This is one of the most interesting circuits on the calendar, and there is hardly a single Formula 1 fan who doesn’t love racing at Spa-Francorchamps.
Unfortunately, this track contract expires at the end of this year, and there is a strong possibility that it won’t be part of the calendar next season. Many drivers protested, including reigning champion Max Verstappen who said it would be a shame if Spa-Francorchamps didn’t remain on the calendar.
Spa-Francorchamps is also the longest track in Formula 1. The circuit length is 7,004 kilometers, and the scheduled distance is 44 laps. In the last three editions, we have had three different winners (Verstappen, Hamilton, and Leclerc).
Ferrari Needs a Miracle to Turn Things Around This Season
Ferrari needs a real miracle to become champions this season. Charles Leclerc is 70 points behind Max Verstappen, and Red Bull has 97 points more than Ferrari in the constructors’ standings.
From this perspective, it seems that champions have already been decided, and that will be Verstappen and Red Bull. However, Formula 1 has taught us in the past that it’s not over until it’s over, and that’s something Ferrari will rely on this weekend in Belgium.
They have to go from race to race and not think about the difference on the table. Spa-Francorchamps used to be known as a turning point in a season, and that could be the case now. If Verstappen wins, then the story is definitely over.
Also, Mercedes has announced major upgrades, and it remains to be seen what that will look like. If they join the fight for wins on a regular basis until end of the season, we could at least get some interesting races.
Driver Market Was the Most Interesting Part of Formula 1 during Summer Break
Although it looked like that driver market would be without any drama this summer, that didn’t happen. Already on the first day, a double bomb exploded.
First, Fernando Alonso announced that he was leaving Alpine for Aston Marton next season, and then Oscar Piastri denied the French team’s announcement that he would drive for them in 2023.
It is still unknown who will be Esteban Ocon’s teammate in Alpine, but it is clear where Piastri is going. Daniel Ricciardo has announced that he is leaving McLaren at the end of 2022, indicating the arrival of the Australian.
Somewhat surprisingly, a spot at Haas will be one of the most desirable. Ricciardo certainly wouldn’t mind coming in place of Mick Schumacher, while the German hopes to stay in this team.
Pick: Sergio Perez in top 3 in the race – NO
Sergio Perez was in very bad form in July. It is possible that he recharged his batteries for the second part of the season, but the competition will be even bigger now.
In the first part of the 2022 season, Red Bull and Ferrari were much more dominant than other teams, but now Mercedes is also expected to be at the top. That means that it will be much more difficult for Perez to finish on the podium.
Advices & Tips
Pick: Charles Leclerc will be higher placed in the race than Lewis Hamilton
Regardless of Mercedes’ upgrades for Belgium Grand Prix, Ferrari still has the better car. Leclerc will do everything he can to maintain his theoretical title chances and this could be his race.
It is not impossible that both mentioned drivers will be on the podium, but we expect Leclerc to be at least one step higher than Hamilton.
Pick: Daniel Ricciardo in top 10 in the race – YES
Today, it was announced that Ricciardo won’t drive for McLaren next year, which is a huge disappointment for him and all his fans.
However, he will be able now to drive without any pressure, and maybe in such an environment, he will finally be able to get the most out of his car.
First free practice: 14:00-15:00
Second free practice: 17:00-18:00
Third free practice: 13:00-14:00