Originally scheduled to feature a record 22 races, the F1 season was lopped to just 13, given the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the sports world. Originally, the Dutch Grand Prix was slated to make a return following an absence of 35 years, but the GP has unfortunately been banged, one of seven races officially canceled on the year. Five more races have been postponed, but with no makeup dates, if any, announced. In its truest form, the F1 season is going to be a sprint, and everything you need to know about the shortened schedule can be found below. FIA is looking to secure at least 15 races for the F1 season, with the traditional season finale at Abu Dhabi is still rumored to be on the docket for some time in December. Lewis Hamilton and Team Mercedes cruised to an easy victory in the Styrian GP after not finishing on the podium at the start of the season on July 5. Hamilton doubled up on victories with a dominant performance at the Hungarian GP on July
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It is the current venue of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix , hosting its first Grand Prix in , and has held a Grand Prix every year since except , and It is also home to the Uniroyal Fun Cup 25 Hours of Spa, one of the longest motor races in the world. The circuit has undergone several redesigns through its history, most extensively in when the track was modified and shortened from a Despite its name, the circuit is not in Spa but lies in the vicinity of the town of Francorchamps within the boundaries of the municipality of Stavelot , with a part in the boundaries of Malmedy.
The original Spa-Francorchamps circuit was essentially a speed course, with drivers managing higher average speeds than on other race tracks. At Eau Rouge, southbound traffic was allowed to use the famous uphill corner, while the opposite downhill traffic had to use the old road and U-turn behind the grandstands, rejoining the race track at the bottom of Eau Rouge. The old race track continued through the now-straightened Kemmel curves to the highest part of the track metres above the lowest part , then went downhill into Les Combes, a fast, slightly banked downhill left-hand corner towards Burnenville, passing this village in a fast right hand sweep.
Near Malmedy , the Masta straight began, which was only interrupted by the Masta Kink between farm houses before arriving at the town of Stavelot. Then, the track progressed through an uphill straight section with a few bends called La Carriere, going through two high-speed turns the former being an unnamed right-hand turn, and the latter named Blanchimont before braking very hard for the La Source hairpin, and that rejoined the downhill start finish section as opposed to today where the start—finish section is before La Source.
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The original Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps was based on public roads running between the villages of Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot in the Ardennes forest. Motorbike racing began at the track in , and three years later it held its first grand prix. It was part of the original world championship calendar in , but even for its time the kilometre long circuit was fearsomely fast and dangerous.
Two drivers were killed in a single weekend in , Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey perishing in separate accidents, while two others suffered major crashes. By growing concerns over the frequency of serious accidents led to the circuit being removed from the calendar — Zolder and Nivells held the Belgian Grand Prix in the meantime.
Map and circuit history of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. Map of Spa-Francorchamps, to date and spectators alike, where today the true essence of speed can be explored in spectacular style on a safe and modern facility.
The coronavirus crisis is claiming motorsport events by the dozen. Luckily, most of the races are simply being rescheduled to later dates in the year. Last week, it was announced that the longest event on the Intercontinental GT Challenge was being postponed to a later date. It has now been confirmed that the race originally set to take place at the end of July will now be happening on the October.
The switch came after the Belgian government, along with that of Germany, said there would be no mass gatherings until 31 August. The traditional SRO Speed Week that takes place on the weekend before the hour enduro has as yet not been given an official date. By running the race closer to winter months, not only will the dark night time period by dramatically extended, the race is almost sure to be marked with wet conditions. No,because it will be awful.
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After a month-long break, Formula One is back! Even better, the first race after the summer break is the fan—and driver—favourite Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. And with the new cars providing more power and less downforce than in previous years, no one is quite sure what to expect. The only thing we do know is that it should be a great show. Here are 10 key facts about the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to help get you ready for the race.
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The Spa 24 Hours, a staple in the world of endurance racing, has been around for just about as much as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and, in recent years, it has seen a constant growth since becoming the blue riband event of the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup. This meant that none was fazed when a strong entry list was presented, which comprised of Pro entries, Pro-Am, Am, and National entries.
The designations are basically using the FIA-approved driver licensing system where the Pros are the Platinum and Gold-rated drivers while the Ams are the Silver and Bronze-rated ones. This year, only two Porsches made up the National class. One of the three examples of the McLaren S GT3 that will race at this years 24 Hours of Spa will wear a special livery, the British firm announced today. The car run by customer team Garage 59 will wear a unique paint job based on the original logo that adorned the early race cars of the Bruce McLaren Motor Racing team.
Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the last competitive outing for the original squad with Bruce McLaren himself at the wheel, the livery features the distinctive red, white, and green paint job seen on early s cars. Designed by British illustrator Michael Turner, it was also the first to feature the famous “Speedy Kiwi. The iconic badge was also featured on the McLaren M2A single-seater prototype and a number of Group 7 sports cars.
The most famous of the cars which ran the “Speedy Kiwi was the McLaren M1A, which scored the first podium for the team on its debut at the Canadian circuit Mosport in September The special S GT3, which will wear No.
Spending a weekend in the beautiful surroundings of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is always a pleasure. As late Spring teeters on the brink of Summer this legendary track hosts the 10th Spa Classic in , a magical weekend of classic racing and a real hidden gem on the calendar. Choose to stay with us in the charming town of Spa or we also have accomodation options only miles from the circuit in the stunning Ardenne countryside.
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All the aspects of motorsports on the track and in the pits. My work also appeared on Autosport. Besides my work mentioned above I work as a motorsports editor for the Dutch sports news website Sportdome www. For Motorsportretro. Speed-O-Graphica, owned and managed by Marcel Hundscheid, offers free lance, motorsports photography, for media, drivers and raceteams.
Marcel also works as a motorsports editor for the Dutch sports news website Sportdome. In my work, I cover all the action in both modern and historic motorsports, taken at international race tracks.
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Please Note: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps will host the Belgian Grand Prix on August , but the event will be held behind closed doors with no spectators present. Dates for the Belgian Grand Prix have not yet been announced. This guide will be fully updated when the on-track schedule is announced for , normally around 1 month before race weekend. Despite being the longest current F1 circuit at 7.
Whatever ticket you buy, be ready to cover lots of ground on foot, especially when entering and exiting the circuit. Comfortable, hard wearing shoes are a must to tackle the hills and dirt paths through the mountains at Spa.
The old Spa circuit was essentially a speed course with drivers managing the track up to date with mandatory safety measures, and the race was cancelled.
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