Setting the scene for Belgium

Setting the scene for Belgium

It was all about Michael Schumacher at Spa on Thursday as he and his rivals reflected on the remarkable fact that he is still racing 20 years after his debut at this very circuit. As Edd Straw says, symmetry is a funny thing...

There was a wonderful sense of symmetry at Spa on Thursday. Two decades to the day since Michael Schumacher made his first grand prix start at this very circuit, it was no surprise that the seven-time world champion was the centre of attention.

He will be hoping that his race lasts a little longer than it did on August 25, 1991, when he burned up a clutch that had seen better days. Despite his penchant in recent races for incidents (two collisions and two spins in the last four races), there are signs that if he has a clean run on Sunday afternoon, he could end up ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg on merit.

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