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In Case You Missed It - off track in Belgium

29 Aug 2016

The iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit always throws up fascinating racing, and this year was no exception. There was also plenty going on away from the track though - not just in the build-up to the 2016 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix weekend, but also in the preceding summer break. Here's our social media round-up of just a few of the highlights...

Rollin' with Ricciardo

Just in case you had any doubts over whether Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is a true petrolhead...

Joker in the pack

Here's why you should never vacation with Haas's Romain Grosjean...

Back to his roots

World champion Lewis Hamilton used some of his down time to catch up with folks in one of his favourite parts of the world.

An F1 driver's guide to unwinding, part 1

Home time is precious for anyone in F1 given the amount of travelling involved. Little wonder then that Nico Rosberg made the most of the summer break to enjoy time with his - extended - family.

An F1 driver's guide to unwinding, part 2

Max Verstappen meanwhile took a more 'conventional' route to relaxing, combining two classics - sunshine and a pool...

The need for speed

It may be holiday time, but that urge never disappears - at least not if you are McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

Summer ✌️ #momentos #🌍

A photo posted by Fernando Alonso (@fernandoalo_oficial) on

Iron man...

As a man who can himself boast some pretty mean triathlon credentials, it's perhaps no surprise that McLaren's Jenson Button was impressed with the performance of compatriots Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Olympic gold and silver medallists in Rio.

...and the Hulk

No such thoughts of strenuous exercise for Force India's Nico Hulkenberg whilst on holiday - at least not from the looks of this post.

Congratulations Kimi!

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen put his time off to good use as he and partner Minttu Virtanen were married in the Italian town of Siena.

Home away from home

With Spa just a short drive from the Netherlands, Max Verstappen's fans descended upon the Belgian circuit in their thousands to savour watching their hero in action. And some went to extraordinary lengths to stand out...

Red Bull's latest sporting sensation?

Fresh from her astounding heptathlon gold at the Olympics, Belgium's Nafi Thiam - who combines her sporting career with studying geographical sciences - headed to Spa, where Red Bull were only too happy to host. They do have a proven track record of discovering and nurturing the brightest young talents in the world, after all...

Celebrating in style

Mark Webber celebrated his 40th birthday on Saturday at Spa, and while he marked the occasion in style on the podium - more on that below - we couldn't resist paying our own tribute to the nine-time grand prix winner. After all, any excuse to relive that pass on Alonso at Eau Rouge...

27 not out for #77

Webber wasn't the only one celebrating a significant milestone in Belgium. Williams' Valtteri Bottas turned 27 on raceday and received a custom cake from his team to mark the occasion, even if he couldn't exactly tuck in before the lights went out...

Happy birthday bro @valtteribottas 👏🏻👏🏻🎂

A photo posted by Felipe Massa (@massafelipe19) on

Stick to the day job!

Nico Rosberg couldn't resist marking his first victory at Spa by taking a selfie with his fellow podium finishers - but judging by the end product, he shouldn't abandon F1 for a photography career any time soon.

The spread of the shoey

Daniel Ricciardo spawned a new type of F1 celebration in Germany - and in Belgium he had a new recruit, as compatriot and podium interview Mark Webber was 'persuaded' to do a shoey. How else do you see in your 40th birthday after all?