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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: 1:46.577 min
Date: 27 August 2017
F1 Driver: Sebastian Vettel
F1 Car: Ferrari SF70H
Speed: 236.583 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole: 1:42.553 min
Date: 26 August 2017
F1 Driver: Lewis Hamilton
F1 Car: Mercedes W08
Speed:245 245.867 km/h
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Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Layout
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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
2017 2017 Belgian F1 GP result 27th of August 1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Sebastian Vettel
3rd Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
44
44
44
2016 2016 Belgian F1 GP result 28th of August 1st Germany Nico Rosberg
2nd Australia Daniel Ricciardo
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
Germany Mercedes
44
44
44
2015 2015 Belgian F1 GP result 23 August 1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd France Romain Grosjean
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Lotus F1
43
43
43
2014 2014 Belgian F1 GP result 24 August 1st Australia Daniel Ricciardo
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd Finland Valtteri Bottas
Austria Red Bull
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
2013 2013 Belgian F1 GP result 25 August 1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
44
44
44
2012 2012 Belgian Grand Prix result 2 September 1st United Kingdom Jenson Button
2nd Germany Sebastian Vettel
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom McLaren
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
44
44
44
2011 2011 Belgian Grand Prix result 28 August 1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd Australia Mark Webber
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
2010 2010 Belgian Grand Prix result 29 August 1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Australia Mark Webber
3rd Poland Robert Kubica
United Kingdom McLaren
Austria Red Bull
France Renault
44
44
44
2009 2009 Belgian Grand Prix result 30 August 1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari
India Force India
Austria Red Bull
44
44
44
2008 2008 Belgian Grand Prix result 7 September 1st Brazil Felipe Massa
2nd Germany Nick Heidfeld
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Switzerland BMW Sauber
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
2007 2007 Belgian Grand Prix result 16 September 1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Brazil Felipe Massa
3rd Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
2005 2005 Belgian Grand Prix result 11 September 1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
United Kingdom BAR
44
44
44
2004 2004 Belgian Grand Prix result 29 August 1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
44
44
44
2002 2002 Belgian Grand Prix result 1 September 1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
2001 2001 Belgian Grand Prix result 2 September 1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
36
36
36
2000 2000 Belgian Grand Prix result 27 August 1st Finland Mika Häkkinen
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd Germany Ralf Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
1999 1999 Belgian Grand Prix result 29 August 1st United Kingdom David Coulthard
2nd Finland Mika Häkkinen
3rd Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Ireland Jordan
44
44
44
1998 1998 Belgian Grand Prix result August 30 1st United Kingdom Damon Hill
2nd Germany Ralf Schumacher
3rd France Jean Alesi
Ireland Jordan
Ireland Jordan
Switzerland Sauber
44
44
44
1997 1997 Belgian Grand Prix result 24 August 1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3rd Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Italy Ferrari
Ireland Jordan
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
1996 1996 Belgian Grand Prix result 25 August 1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Canada Jacques Villeneuve
3rd Finland Mika Häkkinen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
1995 1995 Belgian Grand Prix result 27 August 1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom Damon Hill
3rd United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
France Ligier
44
44
44
1994 1994 Belgian Grand Prix result 28 August 1st United Kingdom Damon Hill
2nd Finland Mika Häkkinen
3rd Netherlands Jos Verstappen
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
44
44
44
1993 1993 Belgian Grand Prix result 29 August 1st United Kingdom Damon Hill
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
1992 1992 Belgian Grand Prix result August 30 1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3rd Italy Riccardo Patrese
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
1991 1991 Belgian Grand Prix result August 25 1st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd Austria Gerhard Berger
3rd Brazil Nelson Piquet
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
44
44
44
1990 1990 Belgian Grand Prix result August 26 1st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd Austria Gerhard Berger
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
1989 1989 Belgian Grand Prix result August 27 1st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
44
44
44
1988 1988 Belgian Grand Prix result August 28 1st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd Italy Ivan Capelli
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom March
43
43
43
1987 1987 Belgian Grand Prix result May 17 1st France Alain Prost
2nd Sweden Stefan Johansson
3rd Italy Andrea de Cesaris
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Brabham
43
43
42
1986 1986 Belgian Grand Prix result May 25 1st United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2nd Brazil Ayrton Senna
3rd Sweden Stefan Johansson
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Lotus
Italy Ferrari
43
43
43
1985 1985 Belgian Grand Prix result September 15 1st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3rd France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
43
43
43
1983 1983 Belgian Grand Prix result May 22 1st France Alain Prost
2nd France Patrick Tambay
3rd United States Eddie Cheever
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
40
40
40
1970 1970 Belgian Grand Prix result June 7 1st Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
2nd New Zealand Chris Amon
3rd France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
United Kingdom BRM
United Kingdom March
France Matra
28
28
28
1968 1968 Belgian Grand Prix result June 9 1st New Zealand Bruce McLaren
2nd Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
3rd Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom BRM
Italy Ferrari
28
28
28
1967 1967 Belgian Grand Prix result June 18 1st United States Dan Gurney
2nd United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
3rd New Zealand Chris Amon
United States Eagle
United Kingdom BRM
Italy Ferrari
28
28
28
1966 1966 Belgian Grand Prix result June 12 1st United Kingdom John Surtees
2nd Austria Jochen Rindt
3rd Italy Lorenzo Bandini
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
Italy Ferrari
28
28
27
1965 1965 Belgian Grand Prix result June 13 1st United Kingdom Jim Clark
2nd United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
3rd 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 1st United Kingdom Jim Clark
2nd New Zealand Bruce McLaren
3rd Australia Jack Brabham
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
United Kingdom Brabham
32
32
32
1963 1963 Belgian Grand Prix result June 9 1st United Kingdom Jim Clark
2nd New Zealand Bruce McLaren
3rd 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 1st United Kingdom Jim Clark
2nd United Kingdom Graham Hill
3rd United States Phil Hill
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom BRM
Italy Ferrari
32
32
32
1961 1961 Belgian Grand Prix result June 18 1st United States Phil Hill
2nd Germany Wolfgang von Trips
3rd United States Richie Ginther
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
30
30
30
1960 1960 Belgian Grand Prix result June 19 1st Australia Jack Brabham
2nd New Zealand Bruce McLaren
3rd 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 1st United Kingdom Tony Brooks
2nd United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
3rd United Kingdom Stuart Lewis-Evans
United Kingdom Vanwall
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Vanwall
24
24
24
1956 1956 Belgian Grand Prix result June 3 1st United Kingdom Peter Collins
2nd Belgium Paul Frère
3rd United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
36
36
36
1955 1955 Belgian Grand Prix result June 5 1st Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2nd United Kingdom Stirling Moss
3rd Italy Nino Farina
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
36
36
36
1954 1954 Belgian Grand Prix result June 20 1st Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2nd France Maurice Trintignant
3rd United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Italy Maserati
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
36
36
35
1953 1953 Belgian Grand Prix result June 21 1st Italy Alberto Ascari
2nd Italy Luigi Villoresi
3rd Argentina Onofre Marimón
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
36
36
35
1952 1952 Belgian Grand Prix result June 22 1st Italy Alberto Ascari
2nd Italy Nino Farina
3rd France Robert Manzon
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
France Gordini
36
36
36
1951 1951 Belgian Grand Prix result June 17 1st Italy Nino Farina
2nd Italy Alberto Ascari
3rd Italy Luigi Villoresi
Italy Alfa Romeo
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
36
36
36
1950 1950 Belgian Grand Prix result June 18 1st Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2nd Italy Luigi Fagioli
3rd France Louis Rosier
Italy Alfa Romeo
Italy Alfa Romeo
France Talbot-Lago
35
35
35

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