Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
55 Route du Circuit
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