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The ultimate Belgian Grand Prix F1 circuit guide

Spa-Francorchamps will once again host the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in 2022. Continue reading to get up to speed on the most emblematic circuit of the championship, and perhaps the wildest.
By Red Bull Canada
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Nestled in the beautiful Belgian Ardennes, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit has been hosting F1 drivers since the championship’s inaugural year in 1950. It’s irregular route—made up of slow and fast turns, hairpins approached at 70 km/h, big drops, and long straightaways where drivers exceed 320 km/h—makes it one of the toughest races of the year. While the fans eagerly await the Belgian Grand Prix, so do the drivers.
Max Verstappen of tAston Martin Red Bull Racing on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 30, 2020.
Max Verstappen finished third to retain second in the Drivers' Championship

Quick facts about the track

  • Construction: 1921
  • First race in F1: 1950
  • Location: Francorchamps
  • Length: 7.004 km
  • Number of turns: 19
  • Most wins: Michael Schumacher (6)
  • Lap record: Lewis Hamilton (1 min 41 s 252 in 2020)
Pierre Gasly on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 30, 2020.
Pierre Gasly won Driver of the Day in Spa for his brilliant passing moves

Eau Rouge and The Raidillon, AKA the most famous turn sequence in F1

Eau Rouge and The Raidillon… While the names don’t sound impressive, the turn sequence is pure madness. Drivers race downhill at speeds up to 300 km/h before making an immediate 60 degree righthand turn—reaching G forces in excess of four. Then, pilots make a lefthand turn at approximately 45 degrees over a 24 metre drop. Plus, to make things trickier, the section is practically blind due to the unevenness of the track.
Le virage Le Raidillon du circuit de Spa-Francorchamps du Grand Prix de Belgique est l'un des plus difficiles de la Formule 1.
Le Raidillon, virage du circuit F1 de Spa-Francorchamps en Belgique
All the dynamics of this track makes the driving really pleasant.

What the drivers say

“With it’s incredible layout and fast corners, the Spa-Francorchamps is my favourite track,” explained 2022 championship leader Max Verstappen about a race in which he has yet to win.
Max Verstappen roule au volant de sa monoplace Red Bull Racing sur le circuit de Spa-Francorchamps pendant du Gand Prix de Formule 1 de Belgique.
Max Verstappen en F1 sur le circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Will Verstappen finally secure a win in Belgium and extend his championship lead over Ferrari’s Charles Leclair? Tune in on Sunday, August 8th for race day action.