F1 Circuits - Spa Francorchamps, Belgium

AUSTRALIA - Melbourne
BAHRAIN - Sakhir
BRAZIL - Interlagos
CANADA - Montreal
CHINA - Shanghai
EUROPE - Nurburgring
FRANCE - Magny-Cours
GB - Silverstone
HUNGARY - Hungaroring
ITALY - Monza
JAPAN - Fuji
MONACO - Monte Carlo
SPAIN - Barcelona
TURKEY - Istanbul
USA - Indianapolis


Track Facts

Current circuit length : 6.976 km (2005)

Lap record : 1m 45.108; 238.931 km/h (Kimi Raikkonen 2004)

Fastest qualifying lap : 1m 43.726; 241.664 km/h (Michael Schumacher 2002)

Grand Prix held : 40

Web Site : www.spa-francorchamps.be
Location : Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Circuit House
55 Route du Circuit
B-4970 Francorchamps
Tel: (+32) 87 27 5138
Fax: (+32) 87 27 5196

Spa holds an almost unique ethereal quality amongst race fans, drivers and pundits alike. Almost certain to feature in the favourite circuit category, Spa has a standing second to none and the praise is not undeserved. The longest track in current use, Spa makes use of public road that cuts through the lush, undulating surroundings of the Ardennes forest. The varied nature of the track normally means medium downforce for most teams although the fast sections of the track will mean that teams might be tempted for low settings.

Tragically for every fan of this wonderful circuit, it has been removed from the F1 Calendar for 2003 due to the Belgian Government's decision to bring forward the introduction of a ban on tobacco advertising that is scheduled to come into effect across Europe in 2006. I hold on to a faint hope that it will be returned to its rightful place on the calendar in future years, but I fear it is a forlorn hope. I attended my first Belgian GP in 1998 because it was even then under threat of cancellation the following year for the same reason it has now been lost. I count myself as fortunate to have been able to attend two further races there (in 1999 and 2002) before it finally fell to the political axe. You can find an account of my latest visit here

Past Winners

Year Winner Team  
2005 Kimi RAIKKONEN McLaren Click for full results
2004 Kimi RAIKKONEN McLaren Click for full results
2002 Michael SCHUMACHER Ferrari Click for full results
2001 Michael SCHUMACHER Ferrari Click for full results
2000 Mika HAKKINEN McLaren
1999 David COULTHARD McLaren
1998 Damon HILL Jordan
1997 Michael SCHUMACHER Ferrari
1996 Michael SCHUMACHER Ferrari
1995 Michael SCHUMACHER Benetton
1994 Damon HILL Williams
1993 Damon HILL Williams
1992 Michael SCHUMACHER Benetton
1991 Ayrton SENNA McLaren
1990 Ayrton SENNA McLaren
1989 Ayrton SENNA McLaren
1988 Ayrton SENNA McLaren
1987 Alain PROST McLaren
1986 Nigel MANSELL Williams
1985 Ayrton SENNA Lotus
1983 Alain PROST Renault
1968 Bruce MCLAREN McLaren
1966 John SURTEES Ferrari
1965 Jim CLARK Lotus
1964 Jim CLARK Lotus
1963 Jim CLARK Lotus
1962 Jim CLARK Lotus
1961 Phil HILL Ferrari
1960 Jack BRABHAM Cooper
1958 Tony BROOKS Vanwall
1956 Peter COLLINS Ferrari
1955 Juan Manuel FANGIO Mercedes Benz
1954 Juan Manuel FANGIO Maserati
1953 Alberto ASCARI Ferrari
1952 Alberto ASCARI Ferrari
1951 Nino FARINA Alfa Romeo
1950 Juan Manuel FANGIO Alfa Romeo

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