F1 Belgian Grand Prix

The Belgian Grand Prix has been a staple in the Formula One racing calendar since 1925. The current Belgian GP is held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium. For most of its history, the Belgian Grand Prix is notorious for its rainy weather.

There was a period where it rained on the track for 20 straight years. This can make for a challenging Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Race Information

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  • Course: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
  • Location: Stavelot, Belgium
  • Course Length: 4.352 miles (7.004 kilometers)
  • Distance: 44 laps, 191.414 miles (308.052 kilometers)
  • Date:

Circuit Information

The current Spa-Francorchamps, also referred to as “The Spa”, has a 4.352-mile length with 20 turns. The F1’s race lap record as of 2022 is 1:45.286 by Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas in 2018. The seating capacity is at 70,000. 

Since the Belgian GP is usually held around the summer months, it can get hot in the Spa. But it is commonly rainy here, which has led to many accidents such as the 14-car pileup during the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.

2022 Schedule - Belgian GP

Current F1 Standings - 2022 Season

History of Belgian Grand Prix

The Belgian Grand Prix was first held in 1925 at a 9-mile Spa-Francorchamps circuit in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium. Antonio Ascari of Alfa won this inaugural race. The course was later modified to make it faster – 8.7 miles. Over time, this course became dangerous for many drivers and it was canceled when teams began protesting. 

Formula One held the Belgian GP at the Nivelles and Zolder race tracks from 1972 to 1982. After improvements to tracks, F1 returned to the Spa-Francorchamps in 1983. Alain Prost won the race. One final race in Zolder took place in 1984 and the Spa-Francorchamps has been the home of the Belgian Grand Prix.

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