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Belgian Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2017

Circuit information
CircuitCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps
TimezoneGMT +02:00
Race debut1950
Length7.004 km
Distance308.052 km
Line offset0.124 km

Event overview

If the Hungarian Grand Prix isn’t the best way to send the Formula One season into its summer break, then the Belgian Grand Prix is certainly a fantastic fixture to get things going again. Set at the Spa-Francorchamps, the much-loved race is often damp, but hardy fans flock to the track to welcome F1 back in style.

The difficulties of the Spa track for drivers are what makes it special. The iconic Eau Rouge left-right sweep up the hill to a blind crest, the lengthy 7 kilometre track meaning conditions at one end can be completely different to the other, and the elevation changes and natural feel of the turns, compared to more recent designs, all add up to make a highlight on the Formula One calendar.

Eau Rouge is one of the first obstacles a driver faces upon starting a lap of the circuit. The first corner is the hairpin at La Source, which drops away downhill to another tight corner before straightening up for the steep climb up the hill. The track speeds up through the second sector, through chicanes and across the bumpy tarmac, before entering the final complex - a lack of straight track and a difficult chicane finish off the lap.

The Belgian Grand Prix is never completely secure on the calendar, financial difficulties saw it dropped for the 2006 season. Since then it has been a regular fixture but talk of the future always turns towards a race-share, perhaps with the French track of Magny-Cours. Although the facilities aren’t up to scratch, and the fans have to tramp through mud in the depths of the Belgian countryside, a calendar without Eau Rouge on would be a very different and disappointing prospect.

For now, we must celebrate Spa-Francorchamps while we still have it. The passion from the crowds cheering on their favourite drivers around the lengthy circuit is only rivalled by the excitement from the paddock as they prepare to take on the challenge of the legendary track.

Learn more about Belgium with the Pocket F1 Handbook.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
25 AugFridayFree Practice 109:00
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Free Practice 213:00
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26 AugSaturdayFree Practice 310:00
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27 AugSundayGrand Prix13:00
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Weekend results in detail
Free Practice 1 results
Free Practice 2 results
Free Practice 3 results
Qualifying results
Starting grid
Race results
Fastest laps
Driver standings
Constructor standings

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