Our Top Pictures from the Belgian Grand PrixSeptember 1, 2020
A look through our favorite selection of pictures from the weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, with the stunning Spa-Francorchamps circuit providing the perfect backdrop.
This week, Haas F1 photographer Andy Hone has chosen this shot of Kevin Magnussen climbing Raidillon under moody Belgian skies as his no.1 capture.
Andy's Take: "Spa is probably the most unpredictable circuit we visit as photographers, even when the sun is out and it’s hot I’ve still always got my umbrella and waterproof camera covers with me!
"This type of weather can make really striking photos too though, so there’s always a positive to take from that. When there are big breaks in the clouds as there were in FP3 last Saturday, you get moments when the track in full light but with storm clouds in the background. Unfortunately the cars did very few laps but because Haas had limited running on Friday it was time to make the most out of practice on Saturday.
"This is when I captured this shot as Romain and Kevin had the circuit all to themselves for part of the session. The sun was in and out constantly but I grabbed this opportunity as Kevin headed to the top of Raidillon with the big backlit trees giving a nice middle ground."
Wheelie steep: With the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit stretching over 7 kilometres, Romain and his team of engineers opted to do a track talk rather than a track walk this week. However, the Frenchman still performed a pre-weekend recce lap, on two wheels and at points one wheel! Here, Romain is pictured with his trainer Kim, wheelieing up the famous Raidillon corner, the steepest uphill section of the circuit.
What do you call three Danes behind bars? Friday didn’t go to plan for the team, with Power Unit issues ruling both cars out for all but 30 minutes of running, with the parts replacement procedure being so time consuming. Kevin was spotted with his manager Jesper (left) and trainer Nicklas taking in the action at the end of FP1.
Beautiful Spa: Kevin races up Raidillon with the fantastic sloped backdrop of the Spa-Francorchamps paddock and support paddock, during Saturday morning’s free practice session.
It’s a sign! Romain passes the ‘Welcome to Spa Froncorchamps’ sign during FP3.
Remembering Anthoine: Kevin and Romain joined the rest of the F1 drivers at the front of the grid, to remember Anthoine Hubert during a minute’s silence. Anthoine tragically lost his life in a Formula 2 race at Spa-Francorchamps last year.
Tight squeeze at La Source: There’s been incidents aplenty at Spa-Francorchamps’ turn one on opening laps in past years, but all the drivers got through scott free on Sunday. Kevin is pictured taking a wider line through the corner around Romain, to propel him down the straight towards Eau Rouge. Kevin made up five places on the opening lap.
Battling with the Ferraris: In what Romain said was the highlight of his race, for the last quarter of Sunday’s action he was battling with last year’s Belgian Grand Prix winner, Charles Leclerc. The Monegasque, who was previously a development driver at Haas, found a way through on the final lap of the 44-lap race.