Belgian Grand Prix
Everything you need to know about the Belgian Grand Prix
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, is a motor racing circuit located in the Ardennes region of Belgium. The circuit is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and historic tracks on the Formula One calendar.
The current track is 7.004 km (4.352 mi) long and features 19 turns, including several high-speed corners and elevation changes that provide a unique challenge for drivers. The track is known for its unpredictable weather conditions, with rain often playing a factor in the outcome of the race.
The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is a favorite among drivers, who appreciate the challenging layout and the history and tradition of the circuit. The circuit is also known for its stunning scenery, with the track winding through the forested hills of the Ardennes.
The Belgian Grand Prix has been held annually at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps since 1925, making it one of the oldest races on the Formula One calendar. The race is known for its exciting on-track action, particularly in the opening laps as drivers jostle for position and navigate the challenging turns.
In addition to hosting the Belgian Grand Prix, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps also hosts a variety of other motor racing events, including the 24 Hours of Spa endurance race and the Spa Classic historic racing event. The circuit is also open to the public for driving experiences, guided tours, and other events throughout the year.
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit was built in 1921, when Jules de Thier and Henri Langlois van Ophem designed a circuit between Francorchamps, Malmedy, and Stavelot, using public roads and a huge part of the Ardennes forest. The track was initially 14.9 km long but it was later redesigned and redeveloped in 1979, and, even though only half of the initial layout is still used, the circuit remains the longest one in the Formula 1 calendar.
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of F1's most classic destinations, with several great drivers excelling on Belgian soil, breaking records and leaving memorable moments. The drivers love the track, as its perfect combination between long straights and demanding, high speed corners, allows them to really find the limits of their car. Mixed conditions are very likely, as the Ardennes forest has its own microclimate, which means that it could be dry on one part of the track, and soaking wet on some other. Grip relies a lot on the weather, as it's expected.
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
DRS Zones: 2
Circuit Length: 7.004 km (4.352 mi)
Total Race Distance: 308.052 km (191.414 mi)
Number of Laps: 44
Lap Record: 1:46.286 (Valtteri Bottas, 2018)
Last 5 Winners
2022: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2021: Max Verstappen, Red Bull (Race Cancelled After 3 Laps)
2020: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2019: Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
2018: Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
FORMULA 1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX 2023 SCHEDULE
Friday July 28th:
Practice 1 (FP1) : 12:30 - 13:30
Qualifying: 16:00 - 17:00
Saturday July 29th:
Practice 2 (FP2): 11:30 - 12:30
Sprint Race: 15:30 - 16:30
Sunday July 30th:
Race Start: 14:00