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#BelgianGP - the best social media from Spa

28 Aug 2017

As usual, Spa-Francorchamps threw up some thrilling action in Sunday's 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Belgian Grand Prix. However, there was also plenty happening off-track in the build up to the race weekend. Here's just some of the social media highlights...

The truth at last

Crash helmets are obviously essential for safety, but they do have one major flaw - they mean us fans can't see the drivers' faces while they are racing. Thankfully, Toro Rosso have come to our rescue...



Push Nico, push!

Reigning world champion Nico Rosberg may not be racing this year, but he's still busy pushing F1 cars hard - in this instance helping to wheel his title-winning 2016 Mercedes into the German marque's amazing museum...



Face off - part one

It was a big weekend for sport - ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was looking forward to the much-anticipated showdown between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor.



Face off - part two?

Fists raised, ready for action. No, not more pre-fight boxing hype, but a show of solidarity between McLaren team mates Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne at the latter's first home Grand Prix.

Ready for FP1. Home GP for my teammate @svandoorne 🙏🇧🇪

A post shared by Fernando Alonso (@fernandoalo_oficial) on


King Max

Dutch fans turned out in their tens of thousands to support Max Verstappen at his adopted 'home race' - we had no idea royalty was among them, though...



Super Jenson Kart?

Fernando Alonso may have been moaning about his McLaren's lack of power, but it could be worse - look at what former team mate Jenson Button has ended up racing! Button was, in fact, in Japan making his Super GT debut for Honda in the famous Suzuka 1000km. The former F1 champion finished 12th, but only after two penalties and two punctures. Race retirement aside, Alonso's Spa weekend looked smooth by comparison!


Hair raising

From the front, his orange shirt probably meant this fan was taken for a Verstappen supporter. From the rear, however, his dedication to Kevin Magnussen was clear...



Hairbrained

...or perhaps, in fact, ingenious. It’s something to sit on (in the dry) – and something to keep you dry (in the wet!)

 

Look familiar?

These larger-than-life - and spookily accurate - Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo lookalikes were a big hit with those in the Spa-Francorchamps paddock...



Michael on our minds

It's hard to believe it's a quarter of a century since Michael Schumacher's first Grand Prix victory. To mark the occasion, son Mick demonstrated his father’s championship-winning Benetton B194 at Spa – on a weekend that also saw Lewis Hamilton match the seven-time champion’s all-time pole position record of 68.



Doing the double (century)

Matching Schumacher's all-time pole record wasn't the only landmark reached by Lewis Hamilton in Belgium - and staff at the Mercedes factory were quite literally out in force to acknowledge their driver's achievement...



Race on? Rave on!

This is how happy the Red Bull boys were to be competing at Spa. Fernando Alonso looks quite chilled about it too (thanks to former F1 racer Giedo van der Garde).



That's more like it

Trek to the top of Eau Rouge for that perfect view of the action? That's nothing - this spectator climbed a mountain!



Birthday bonanza

Among those celebrating their big day in Belgium were Renault's Russian test driver Sergey Sirotkin and former Red Bull racer Mark Webber - who never won at Spa but who did pull off one of the all-time great moves at the legendary circuit...



Bigging up Bruce

As if things weren't orange enough in Spa, McLaren added their own distinct hue to the mix as they remembered team founder Bruce, who would have celebrated his 80th birthday this week.

Amazing @mclaren support 😊😊😂😂😂 #max

A post shared by Fernando Alonso (@fernandoalo_oficial) on


Mystery guy

Williams had British motorcycle racer and TV personality Guy Martin working 'incognito' as part of their crew in Belgium - and it sounds like he enjoyed it. Here's hoping his presence and the tyre mix-up that cost the team 10,000 euro on Friday were pure coincidence!



Van the man

Verstappen's fans may have been the most vocal, but there was also huge support for the only Belgian driver on the grid, Stoffel Vandoorne. McLaren race engineer Tom Stallard spotted a very cool automotive tribute, and the man himself was obviously delighted to be competing on home soil...