Laurent Mekies, Scuderia Toro Rosso chief engineer, explains the technical element of racing at Spa.
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 August10:00 AM – 03:30 PM
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 August02:00 PM
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 August02:00 PM
Originally on the calendar in 1950, Spa-Francorchamps made a return in 1983 and has been a fan favourite ever since.