PREVIEW – Spa, the drivers favourite

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Round eleven of the 2015 takes Formula One to the historic circuit at Spa in Belgium. The circuit is one of the longest on the calendar taking in breath-taking views over the forested valley. The original circuit was public road between the towns of Francorchamps, Malmedy, and Stavelot it opened in 1921.

The current circuit dates back to 1983 after drivers boycotted the race calling it dangerous in 1960’s. However it has been changed in 2006 to give the current overall layout of the circuit. The most famous part of the circuit is Eau Rouge / Raidillon which is turn 2, 3 and 4 winding up the hill. It named after the red water on the river nearby.


Facts and figures

Race Grote Prijs van België;Grand Prix de Belgique;Großer Preis von Belgien
Venue Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Circuit Lengths 7.004 KM (4.352 Mi)
Laps 44
Race Distance 308.052 KM (191.410 Mi)
Lap Record 1:47.263 (Germany Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 2009)
Most wins drivers Michael Schumacher (6)
Most wins manufacture Ferrari (16)


Event timetable

  Local BST GMT
P1 1000-1130 0900-1030 0800-0930
P2 1400-1530 1300-1430 1200-1330
P3 1100-1200 1000-1100 0900-1000
Qualifying  1400-1500 1300-1400 1200-1300
Race 1400-1600 1300-1500 1200-1400


2014 Race Data

P1 Fastest P2 Fastest P3 Fastest Q1 Fastest Q2 Fastest Q3 Fastest Race Time Fastest Lap
01:51.577 01:49.189 01:49.465 02:07.130 02:06.609 02:05.591 01:24:36.556 01:50.511



2009 – Championship Leader Jenson Button, defending champion Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean and Jaime Alguersuari crash on the opening lap in a pile up.

1998 – Thirteen drivers crash in a multi car pileup on the opening lap of the race causing an hours delay. On the restart two drivers crash out, David Coulthard crashes in Michael Schumacher on lap 25 forcing Schumacher to retire. Giving Jordan their first victory in F1.

1992 – Michael Schumacher wins his first Grand Prix in tricky wet conditions fighting a slow reacting Williams.



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