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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:245245.867 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

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20172017 Belgian F1 GP result27th of August1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Sebastian Vettel
3rd Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
44
44
44
20162016 Belgian F1 GP result28th of August1st Germany Nico Rosberg
2nd Australia Daniel Ricciardo
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
Germany Mercedes
44
44
44
20152015 Belgian F1 GP result23 August1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd France Romain Grosjean
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Lotus F1
43
43
43
20142014 Belgian F1 GP result24 August1st Australia Daniel Ricciardo
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd Finland Valtteri Bottas
Austria Red Bull
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
20132013 Belgian F1 GP result25 August1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
44
44
44
20122012 Belgian Grand Prix result2 September1st 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
20112011 Belgian Grand Prix result28 August1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd Australia Mark Webber
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
20102010 Belgian Grand Prix result29 August1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Australia Mark Webber
3rd Poland Robert Kubica
United Kingdom McLaren
Austria Red Bull
France Renault
44
44
44
20092009 Belgian Grand Prix result30 August1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari
India Force India
Austria Red Bull
44
44
44
20082008 Belgian Grand Prix result7 September1st Brazil Felipe Massa
2nd Germany Nick Heidfeld
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Switzerland BMW Sauber
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
20072007 Belgian Grand Prix result16 September1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Brazil Felipe Massa
3rd Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
20052005 Belgian Grand Prix result11 September1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Spain Fernando Alonso
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
United Kingdom BAR
44
44
44
20042004 Belgian Grand Prix result29 August1st Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
44
44
44
20022002 Belgian Grand Prix result1 September1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
20012001 Belgian Grand Prix result2 September1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
36
36
36
20002000 Belgian Grand Prix result27 August1st Finland Mika Häkkinen
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd Germany Ralf Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
19991999 Belgian Grand Prix result29 August1st United Kingdom David Coulthard
2nd Finland Mika Häkkinen
3rd Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Ireland Jordan
44
44
44
19981998 Belgian Grand Prix resultAugust 301st United Kingdom Damon Hill
2nd Germany Ralf Schumacher
3rd France Jean Alesi
Ireland Jordan
Ireland Jordan
Switzerland Sauber
44
44
44
19971997 Belgian Grand Prix result24 August1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
3rd Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Italy Ferrari
Ireland Jordan
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
19961996 Belgian Grand Prix result25 August1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Canada Jacques Villeneuve
3rd Finland Mika Häkkinen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
19951995 Belgian Grand Prix result27 August1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom Damon Hill
3rd United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
France Ligier
44
44
44
19941994 Belgian Grand Prix result28 August1st United Kingdom Damon Hill
2nd Finland Mika Häkkinen
3rd Netherlands Jos Verstappen
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
44
44
44
19931993 Belgian Grand Prix result29 August1st United Kingdom Damon Hill
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
19921992 Belgian Grand Prix resultAugust 301st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3rd Italy Riccardo Patrese
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
19911991 Belgian Grand Prix resultAugust 251st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd Austria Gerhard Berger
3rd Brazil Nelson Piquet
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
44
44
44
19901990 Belgian Grand Prix resultAugust 261st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd Austria Gerhard Berger
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
44
44
44
19891989 Belgian Grand Prix resultAugust 271st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
44
44
44
19881988 Belgian Grand Prix resultAugust 281st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd Italy Ivan Capelli
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom March
43
43
43
19871987 Belgian Grand Prix resultMay 171st France Alain Prost
2nd Sweden Stefan Johansson
3rd Italy Andrea de Cesaris
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Brabham
43
43
42
19861986 Belgian Grand Prix resultMay 251st United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2nd Brazil Ayrton Senna
3rd Sweden Stefan Johansson
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Lotus
Italy Ferrari
43
43
43
19851985 Belgian Grand Prix resultSeptember 151st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3rd France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
43
43
43
19831983 Belgian Grand Prix resultMay 221st France Alain Prost
2nd France Patrick Tambay
3rd United States Eddie Cheever
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
40
40
40
19701970 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 71st Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
2nd New Zealand Chris Amon
3rd France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
United Kingdom BRM
United Kingdom March
France Matra
28
28
28
19681968 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 91st New Zealand Bruce McLaren
2nd Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
3rd Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom BRM
Italy Ferrari
28
28
28
19671967 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 181st 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
19661966 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 121st United Kingdom John Surtees
2nd Austria Jochen Rindt
3rd Italy Lorenzo Bandini
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
Italy Ferrari
28
28
27
19651965 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 131st 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
19641964 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 141st 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
19631963 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 91st 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
19621962 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 171st 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
19611961 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 181st United States Phil Hill
2nd Germany Wolfgang von Trips
3rd United States Richie Ginther
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
30
30
30
19601960 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 191st 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
19581958 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 151st 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
19561956 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 31st United Kingdom Peter Collins
2nd Belgium Paul Frère
3rd United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
36
36
36
19551955 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 51st Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2nd United Kingdom Stirling Moss
3rd Italy Nino Farina
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
36
36
36
19541954 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 201st Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2nd France Maurice Trintignant
3rd United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Italy Maserati
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
36
36
35
19531953 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 211st Italy Alberto Ascari
2nd Italy Luigi Villoresi
3rd Argentina Onofre Marimón
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
36
36
35
19521952 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 221st Italy Alberto Ascari
2nd Italy Nino Farina
3rd France Robert Manzon
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
France Gordini
36
36
36
19511951 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 171st Italy Nino Farina
2nd Italy Alberto Ascari
3rd Italy Luigi Villoresi
Italy Alfa Romeo
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
36
36
36
19501950 Belgian Grand Prix resultJune 181st 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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