BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT DE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

26/08/2022

FP1: 14:00 - 15:00 / FP2: 17:00 - 18:00

27/08/2022

FP3: 13:00 - 14:00 / QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00

28/08/2022

RACE: 15:00

26 - 28 august

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

CIRCUIT DE SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS - SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

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26/08/2022

FP1: 14:00 - 15:00 /
FP2: 17:00 - 18:00

27/08/2022

FP3: 13:00 - 14:00 /
QUALI: 16:00 - 17:00

28/08/2022

RACE: 15:00

Belgian GP: all you need to know

Along with Monaco, Monza and Silverstone, this is another of the great classics on the Formula 1 calendar. There have been 64 Belgian Grands Prix since 1950, the first year of the World Championship: 2 were held at Nivelles, 10 at Zolder and 53 at one of the very best tracks in the world, Spa-Francorchamps.

To win at Spa is to become a legend of the sport. Back in 1950 the track was 14 kilometres long, while today it’s around half that distance, but it is still the longest one on the F1 World Championship calendar.

In 2017, no fewer than 265,000 spectators turned up. Given it’s geographical location in the centre of Europe, many people drive to the Belgian Grand Prix, which is very handy.

It means one can ignore the maximum luggage rules relating to air travel and so one can bring one’s entire wardrobe to Spa. From sun tan cream to a Sou’wester raincoat you could need it all. Truth is, everyone is actually disappointed if it does not rain over the race weekend, so intrinsic is a damp track to the character of this event.

The roller coaster of the GP of Belgium

Whatever the weather, the Belgian F1 Grand Prix is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the year because the road circuit, even though much shorter than it’s original format, is still the greatest challenge known to a man in a motor car, with only Suzuka running it close in the excitement stakes.

No other circuit provides such a variety of mainly high speed corners, camber changes and of course the rollercoaster ride that is the section from La Source hairpin after the start to the top of the Radillon after the now flat-out Eau Rouge kink. At just over 7 kilometres, it’s a long way to walk but doing so and then imagining completing a lap at an average speed of over 230 km/h, gives you a clearer understanding of what makes a Formula 1 driver tick.

The 2021 Belgian Grand Prix was effectively a wash-out because of torrential rain. Just three laps were completed behind the Safety Car, with half points awarded. The order at the front was Max Verstappen for Red Bull Racing, George Russell for Williams and Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes.

 

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

Flat out through the forest

The idea of racing along the roads linking several villages in the Ardennes dates back to 1920, the brainchild of Jules de Thier and Henri Langlois van Ophem. Their vision resulted in a 15 kilometre track where the driver’s courage was as important as the power of his engine! Today, Spa-Francorchamps is about half the length of the original, but at 7 kilometres, it is still the longest on the F1 calendar.

Formula 1 has always been keen on the attractions of Spa-Francorchamps, which is why the Belgian Grand Prix is one of just seven events that featured in the very first year of the World Championship in 1950. On that occasion, it was an Alfa Romeo one-two, with Juan Manuel Fangio leading home team-mate Nino Farina.

There are plenty of famous corners in the F1 portfolio, but this left-right-left uphill section is regarded as the most iconic piece of race track in the world. As car technology improved, it could be taken flat out in a Formula 1 machine. But as from 2022, it has undergone a change, its entry being moved slightly to the left, restoring a bit more of the old challenge to Eau Rouge.

FIRST GRAND PRIX
1950
NUMBER OF LAPS
44
CIRCUIT LENGTH
7.004km
RACE DISTANCE
308.052 km
LAP RECORD
1:46.286 Valtteri Bottas (2018)

WEEKEND TYRE CHOICE

C2
HARD
C3
MEDIUM
C4
SOFT

results BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

1Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:44.581
2Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:45.050
3Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:45.377
4Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:45.572
5George Russell Mercedes1:45.650
6Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes1:45.672
7Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:45.736
8Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:45.745
9Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault1:46.039
10Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:46.075
12Fernando Alonso AlphaTauri RBPT1:46.183
19Fernando Alonso AlphaTauri RBPT1:46.692
1Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:44.551
2Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:44.723
3Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:44.794
4Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:45.418
5Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:45.420
6George Russell Mercedes1:45.461
7Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault1:45.475
8Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:45.552
9Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:45.603
10Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes1:45.675
12Alexander Albon AlphaTauri RBPT1:45.827
1Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:43.665
2Carlos Sainz Ferrari1:44.297
3Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT1:44.462
4Charles Leclerc Ferrari1:44.553
5Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault1:45.180
6Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault1:45.368
7Lewis Hamilton Mercedes1:45.503
8George Russell Mercedes1:45.776
9Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes1:45.837
10Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes1:46.178
1Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing RBPT1:25:52.894
2Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing RBPT+17.841s
3Carlos Sainz Ferrari+26.886s
4George Russell Mercedes+29.140s
5Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault+73.256s
6Charles Leclerc Ferrari+74.936s
7Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault+75.640s
8Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes+78.107s
9Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri RBPT+92.181s
10Alexander Albon Williams Mercedes+101.900s
13Alexander Albon AlphaTauri RBPT+105.217s

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