Belgian Grand Prix

Stavelot, Belgium
© Lorenzo Bellanca/LAT Photographic

With the first races in 1924, Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of the most historic places in racing. When Formula One left Spa in 1970, the track was more than 14 kilometres long and one of the most famous on the calendar. That was cut to 7km when it returned to the calendar in 1983. Most of its magic was preserved and the legendary Eau Rouge has remained one of F1's most challenging corners for drivers from Juan Manuel Fangio to Sebastian Vettel.

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  • Friday 22 August
    10:00 AM03:30 PM

    Free Practice

    There are three free practice sessions at every Formula One grand prix to allow drivers to familiarize themselves with the circuit and for teams to set-up the cars for qualifying and the race.

  • Saturday 23 August
    02:00 PM

    Qualifying

    The one-hour Qualifying session is a knockout contest to decide the starting order for Saturday’s race. The session is divided into three parts: Q1, Q2, Q3.

  • Sunday 24 August
    02:00 PM

    Race

    Originally on the calendar in 1950, Spa-Francorchamps made a return in 1983 and has been a fan favourite ever since.

Location

Spa Francorchamps, Belgium

Number of laps

44

Number of turns

19

Circuit Length (Km)

7.004

Race Distance (Km)

308.05

Fastest Qualification Lap

1:45.778

Mark Webber poses for a portrait during a photo shoot at Hangar 7
Mark Webber Red Bull Racing, 2010
Fastest Race Lap

1:47.263

Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix on April 11, 2013
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing, 2009
Most Wins
Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes garage

Michael Schumacher

1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002
Most Pole Positions

Ayrton Senna

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
Top Three Drivers
  1. 3
    Kimi Raikkonen
    Kimi Raikkonen
  2. 1
    Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes garage
    Michael Schumacher
  3. 2
    Ayrton Senna
Starting Positions vs Winning Positions
The track over the years
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Did you know

Poor Turn out

The inaugural race at Spa in 1921 was cancelled as there was only a single entrant.

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Interesting fact

Record breaker

At Spa in 2001, Michael Schumacher won his 52nd Grand Prix, making him the most successful F1 driver ever.

3
Strange but true

Track Changes

The famous high-speed Eau Rouge complex was formerly an uphill U-turn.

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Fun fact

Start Chaos

The 1998 race saw one of most iconic moments in F1 history when 13 cars were involved in a first lap pile up.