Belgian Grand Prix

The Belgian Grand Prix is one of the initial races incorporated into the Formula One World Championship. First raced in 1925, the Belgian Grand Prix is recognised as one of the most challenging races in the world, and is famed for the rapidly changing weather conditions, which transform virtually every Belgian Grand Prix into a strategic gamble.

Laps: 44
Lap Distance: 7.004km
Race Distance: 308.052km

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Spa-Francorchamps has been used to host motor racing since 1924. Although numerous alterations and modifications have been made to the course during recent years, it remains a favourite amongst Formula One drivers and fans due to the unique track layout and challenging weather conditions.

Spa-Francorchamps currently combines 20 corners, several fast straight sections, and changes in elevation, to present drivers with one of the toughest challenges in Formula One racing. The course is one of the few in the World Championship that still emphasises the requirement of skill over car performance.

Belgian Grand Prix History

The first Belgian Grand Prix was raced at Spa-Francorchamps in 1925. During its early years the race developed a reputation as one of the most challenging and dangerous in the world, and several drivers had lost their lives by the time the Belgian Grand Prix was assimilated into the Formula One World Championship in 1950.

In 1972 the Belgian Grand Prix left Spa-Francorchamps after race organisers deemed the course to be too dangerous for Formula One racing. During the next decade the race was hosted by several racing circuits in Belgium, none of which compared to the thrill and character of Spa-Francorchamps.

In 1985 the Belgian Grand Prix returned to a refurbished Spa- Francorchamps where it has remained ever since. Despite the improvements to the course the Belgian Grand Prix has retained a knack for producing dramatic grand prix, with sudden changes in weather often producing exciting and sometimes bizarre finishes.

The Future of the Belgian Grand Prix

The Belgian Grand Prix was briefly dropped from the Formula One World Championship in 2006 due to further modifications to the Spa- Francorchamps course. The race has also suffered from the upheaval in Formula One caused by the withdrawal of tobacco sponsoring.

The future of the race was briefly in doubt following the withdrawal of the race sponsor due to bankruptcy, however, new backers for the race have been found, and the race is expected to remain part of the Formula One World Championship well into the next decade.

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