Formula One returns this weekend after an enforced summer holiday with the teams declaring themselves refreshed and Michael Schumacher hoping to mark the 20th anniversary of his debut in style.
Schumacher, 42, veteran of 278 races and 91 wins since his first competitive appearance at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix, has enjoyed a special relationship with the famous, old and challenging circuit.
20 years later
"For me it is hard to believe that I drove my first race at Spa now 20 years ago," Schumacher said.
In-form McLaren and Ferrari both believe they have a car to triumph in the Belgian Ardennes, where the capricious micro-climate can produce rain at one part of the circuit and sunshine at another, while Red Bull will be bidding to retain their massive advantage in both the drivers' and the teams' title races.
New Delhi: With India's inaugural F1 Grand Prix round the corner, tickets, including those for the 40 corporate boxes, have been selling like hotcakes.
HT has learnt that tickets for the corporate boxes, also known as Platinum boxes, have all been sold out. The early birds, who had booked the boxes at the rate of Rs35 lakh per box about three months back, recently got their race weekend tickets. With the increasing demand, a few have managed to lay their hands on the Rs50 lakh normal priced tickets about 10 days back.
Going by the sales, it seems the F1 enthusiasts will have to wait for the next edition of the race to book their Platinum boxes, which may not be too far away.