The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, located just outside the small village of Franchorchamps in south-eastern Belgium, is one of the most ancient tracks in the Formula 1 circus. Ever since the start of the F1 World Championships in 1950, the Belgian Grand Prix has been run here with a few exceptions. In addition to this, Spa-Francorchamps also belongs to both one of the longest courses and the fastest courses in the World Cup series.
Most successful at Spa-Francorchamps has been the German driver Michael Schumacher, who between the years 1992 and 2002 won six editions of the Belgian Grand Prix. Finnish Kimi Räikkönen has also reaped great success on the track and has four victories here.
The F1 race at Spa-Francorchamps is usually run at the end of August, which means that the race can be combined very well with a big city weekend in the nearby big cities Brussels or Cologne.
Spa-Francorchamps has a history that goes back almost 100 years. The track was inaugurated as early as 1921 and a few years later, in 1925, the first Grand Prix race was run here. At that time, the track measured a full 15 km, a length that decreased over the years.
The first Formula One race in the World Cup was run at Spa-Francorchamps on June 18, 1950 and was won by Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio in an Alfa Romeo. Since then, the track has been home to the Belgian Grand Prix with the exception of the 1970s and early 1980s when the race was run on the Circuit Zolder.
Spa-Francorchamps is, as previously mentioned, one of the longest in Formula 1 and measures almost exactly on the meter 7 km, 7,004 m to be exact. Thanks to the length, the course contains no less than 20 curves and harassment. Due to its location in the middle of the Ardennes, the course also contains some hills and slopes. This also means that the weather can be a bit unpredictable along the course with alternating beautiful weather and rain during one and the same lap.
The track is often regarded as one of the toughest in the world and a track that really places demands on the driver's driving skills. The track record at Spa-Francorchamps is held by the German Sebastian Vettel who during the 2009 competition completed a lap of 1: 47.263.
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