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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

Spa Francorchamps Circuit layout & records

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.

Spa Francorchamps Circuit layout & records

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