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Spa Francorchamps Circuit layout & records

Spa Circuit Details
Location: Spa, Belgium
Race: Belgian Grand Prix
Used Since: 1986
Type: Closed Circuit
 Lap Dist.: 7.004 km

Lap Record

Lap Record: 1:47.263 min
Date: 30 August 2009
F1 Driver: Sebastian Vettel
F1 Car: Red Bull RB5
Speed: 235.071 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole: 1:45.778 min
Date: 28 August 2010
F1 Driver: Mark Webber
F1 Car: Red Bull RB6
Speed: 238.371 km/h
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Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in detail

La Source to Eau Rouge

La Source to Eau Rouge

La Source to Eau Rouge
The first corner, the La Source hairpin, is the slowest part of the track: car speeds drop to just 70kph and engine revs to around 8,700rpm. As cars exit the hairpin, the track dips very sharply and continues to fall for several seconds. The compression at the bottom of the descent exerts huge pressure on the engine. The vertical load will be close to +5g, squashing everything downwards into the base of the car – fuel, lubricants, the driver – every part will be positively loaded. At the end of the old pits the track starts to climb very sharply, with a gradient close to 1 in 4, equivalent to one of the steepest climbs in the Tour de France. This is particularly tough for the engine as loads suddenly change. Going over the crest of the hill, they will change even more dramatically, with the vertical force suddenly lifted – imagine how your stomach feels when you come over the top of a dip in a rollercoaster. The parts are suddenly unloaded, with the vertical forces switching to -3g. This can affect fluid flow through the lubricant and fuel systems as they too ‘rise’ within the system and away from their respective pumps – the systems therefore need to be ultra-effective to avoid starvation.

Kemmel straigt after au rouge

Kemmel straigt after au rouge

The Kemmel Straight
From the exit of La Source to the braking point for Les Combes engines will be at full throttle and maximum revs – without lifting – for close to 23secs, the longest period of wide open throttle on the calendar. It’s a phenomenally long distance for the engine to be under such stress; more than 20 times the length of a soccer pitch. The demands are exacerbated by the climb – over 80m in altitude from the exit of La Source to Les Combes – meaning atmospheric pressures change. At the higher altitude less air is going into the engine, so less fuel is burned at the top of Les Combes than at the compression after La Source. The difference is typically 1% between these two points.

Blanchimont to Bus Stop Chicane
The second long straight at Spa is from Stavelot through Blanchimont to the Bus Stop chicane, where the engines will be at wide open throttle for 20secs. Going into the Bus Stop, the driver will be at over 300kph but will need to brake down to 75kph for the entry to the corner. To give the right stability engineers work very hard on the overrun settings, trying to reduce any rear locking whilst not pushing too much at turn-in. In parallel they will try to make the downshifts as smooth as possible so as not to destabilise the rear of the car.

Spa Circuit is by far the most popular closed circuit for F1 drivers.

Previous F1 GP Winners on Spa Francorchamps circuit
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2015 2015 2015 Belgian F1 GP result 23 August 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 France Romain Grosjean
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Lotus F1
43
43
43
2014 2014 Belgian F1 GP result 24 August 1 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Austria Red Bull
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
2013 2013 Belgian F1 GP result 25 August 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
44
44
44
2012 2012 Belgian Grand Prix result 2 September 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom McLaren
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
44
44
44
2011 2011 Belgian Grand Prix result 28 August 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Australia Mark Webber
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
2010 2010 Belgian Grand Prix result 29 August 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Australia Mark Webber
3 Poland Robert Kubica
United Kingdom McLaren
Austria Red Bull
France Renault
44
44
44
2009 2009 Belgian Grand Prix result 30 August 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari
India Force India
Austria Red Bull
44
44
44
2008 2008 Belgian Grand Prix result 7 September 1 Brazil Felipe Massa
2 Germany Nick Heidfeld
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Switzerland BMW Sauber
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
2007 2007 Belgian Grand Prix result 16 September 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Brazil Felipe Massa
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
2005 2005 Belgian Grand Prix result 11 September 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
United Kingdom BAR
44
44
44
2004 2004 Belgian Grand Prix result 29 August 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
44
44
44
2002 2002 Belgian Grand Prix result 1 September 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
2001 2001 Belgian Grand Prix result 2 September 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
36
36
36
2000 2000 Belgian Grand Prix result 27 August 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
1999 1999 Belgian Grand Prix result 29 August 1 United Kingdom David Coulthard
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Ireland Jordan
44
44
44
1998 1998 Belgian Grand Prix result August 30 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 Germany Ralf Schumacher
3 France Jean Alesi
Ireland Jordan
Ireland Jordan
Switzerland Sauber
44
44
44
1997 1997 Belgian Grand Prix result 24 August 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Italy Ferrari
Ireland Jordan
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
1996 1996 Belgian Grand Prix result 25 August 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
1995 1995 Belgian Grand Prix result 27 August 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom Damon Hill
3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
France Ligier
44
44
44
1994 1994 Belgian Grand Prix result 28 August 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen
3 Netherlands Jos Verstappen
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
44
44
44
1993 1993 Belgian Grand Prix result 29 August 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
1992 1992 Belgian Grand Prix result August 30 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3 Italy Riccardo Patrese
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
1991 1991 Belgian Grand Prix result August 25 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 Austria Gerhard Berger
3 Brazil Nelson Piquet
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
44
44
44
1990 1990 Belgian Grand Prix result August 26 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 France Alain Prost
3 Austria Gerhard Berger
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
1989 1989 Belgian Grand Prix result August 27 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 France Alain Prost
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
44
44
44
1988 1988 Belgian Grand Prix result August 28 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 France Alain Prost
3 Italy Ivan Capelli
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom March
43
43
43
1987 1987 Belgian Grand Prix result May 17 1 France Alain Prost
2 Sweden Stefan Johansson
3 Italy Andrea de Cesaris
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Brabham
43
43
42
1986 1986 Belgian Grand Prix result May 25 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna
3 Sweden Stefan Johansson
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Lotus
Italy Ferrari
43
43
43
1985 1985 Belgian Grand Prix result September 15 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3 France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
43
43
43
1983 1983 Belgian Grand Prix result May 22 1 France Alain Prost
2 France Patrick Tambay
3 United States Eddie Cheever
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
40
40
40
1970 1970 Belgian Grand Prix result June 7 1 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
2 New Zealand Chris Amon
3 France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
United Kingdom BRM
United Kingdom March
France Matra
28
28
28
1968 1968 Belgian Grand Prix result June 9 1 New Zealand Bruce McLaren
2 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
3 Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom BRM
Italy Ferrari
28
28
28
1967 1967 Belgian Grand Prix result June 18 1 United States Dan Gurney
2 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
3 New Zealand Chris Amon
United States Eagle
United Kingdom BRM
Italy Ferrari
28
28
28
1966 1966 Belgian Grand Prix result June 12 1 United Kingdom John Surtees
2 Austria Jochen Rindt
3 Italy Lorenzo Bandini
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
Italy Ferrari
28
28
27
1965 1965 Belgian Grand Prix result June 13 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark
2 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
3 New Zealand Bruce McLaren
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom BRM
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
32
32
31
1964 1964 Belgian Grand Prix result June 14 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark
2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren
3 Australia Jack Brabham
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
United Kingdom Brabham
32
32
32
1963 1963 Belgian Grand Prix result June 9 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark
2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren
3 United States Dan Gurney
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
United Kingdom Brabham
32
32
31
1962 1962 Belgian Grand Prix result June 17 1 United Kingdom Jim Clark
2 United Kingdom Graham Hill
3 United States Phil Hill
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom BRM
Italy Ferrari
32
32
32
1961 1961 Belgian Grand Prix result June 18 1 United States Phil Hill
2 Germany Wolfgang von Trips
3 United States Richie Ginther
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
30
30
30
1960 1960 Belgian Grand Prix result June 19 1 Australia Jack Brabham
2 New Zealand Bruce McLaren
3 Belgium Olivier Gendebien
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
36
36
35
1958 1958 Belgian Grand Prix result June 15 1 United Kingdom Tony Brooks
2 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
3 United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans
United Kingdom Vanwall
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Vanwall
24
24
24
1956 1956 Belgian Grand Prix result June 3 1 United Kingdom Peter Collins
2 Belgium Paul Frère
3 United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
36
36
36
1955 1955 Belgian Grand Prix result June 5 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2 United Kingdom Stirling Moss
3 Italy Nino Farina
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
36
36
36
1954 1954 Belgian Grand Prix result June 20 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2 France Maurice Trintignant
3 United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Italy Maserati
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
36
36
35
1953 1953 Belgian Grand Prix result June 21 1 Italy Alberto Ascari
2 Italy Luigi Villoresi
3 Argentina Onofre Marimón
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
36
36
35
1952 1952 Belgian Grand Prix result June 22 1 Italy Alberto Ascari
2 Italy Nino Farina
3 France Robert Manzon
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
France Gordini
36
36
36
1951 1951 Belgian Grand Prix result June 17 1 Italy Nino Farina
2 Italy Alberto Ascari
3 Italy Luigi Villoresi
Italy Alfa Romeo
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
36
36
36
1950 1950 Belgian Grand Prix result June 18 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2 Italy Luigi Fagioli
3 France Louis Rosier
Italy Alfa Romeo
Italy Alfa Romeo
France Talbot-Lago
35
35
35