Formula One is heading to Belgium this weekend to continue the season at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, but this Grand Prix will always have a place in my heart.
Ever since I was a kid, I always had an interest in racing from crashing into plenty of barriers at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, on Project Gotham Racing 2, to taking plenty of kerb at the Grand Hotel Hairpin on the Circuit de Monaco, on Codemasters F1 video games.
When my Dad advised me that I had ‘enough racing games’ – to no fault but my own – I, unintentionally, suppressed my love for motorsports through my childhood and adolescent stages of my life.
However, it was the F1 Belgium GP, in 2019, which resurfaced my love for motorsport racing. After I lost plenty of questions (regarding F1) on my Sports Journalism quiz’s, at Sunderland University, I decided to take an interest in the pinnacle of Motorsport.
But, when I watched highlights (due to working Sundays), I couldn’t wait to finally watch a race. Especially when I watched the highlights for the eventful, rainy, 2019 German GP and Lewis Hamilton’s charge towards Max Verstappen during the 2019 Hungarian GP.
Although the first full race I had watched was the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, I was able to watch the first quarter of the race at Spa before I had to go back to work. Where I was able to watch the unfortunate Verstappen plummet into the barrier at Radillion, after he made contact with Kimi Raikkonen at La Source on the first lap.
From then on, I was hooked and I wanted to know everything I could about F1. The history. The technology. The jargon. Granted, I am still a novice regarding the history of the world’s most elite motorsport, but I’m a keen learner.
The Belgian GP resurfaced my love for motorsports and it’s the reason it will always have a place in my heart.