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Top 3 - qualification 2021

Stats

First held 1950
Laps 44
Circuit length 7.004 kilometer
Fastest lap 1:46.286 (2018)
Winner in 2020 Lewis Hamilton
Second in 2020 Valtteri Bottas
Third in 2020 Max Verstappen

Winners

Winner 2020 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 2019 Charles Leclerc
Winner 2018 Sebastian Vettel
Winner 2017 Lewis Hamilton
Winner 2016 Nico Rosberg

The longest circuit on the F1 calendar at 7.004km, the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix will see drivers and teams return from the summer break at the end of August. Although Spa-Francorchamps is half the length it used to be, that hasn’t stopped the track from being one of the drivers’ most beloved circuits.

F1 Belgian Grand Prix 2021

One of the most popular races on the F1 calendar, the Belgian GP has made the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps its home for years with no signs of that changing anytime soon.

The iconic track was one of seven that made up F1s first championship back in 1950, clocking in at 14.9km in length. Located in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium, the track underwent changes in 1979, cutting its length in half while becoming a hit with drivers and teams alike.

Featuring long straights, sweeping corners and weather that can change in an instant, the track features of several of F1s most famous corners. La Source starts the lap with a tricky U-shape, the slowest corner of the track, while Eau Rouge forces drivers to sweep left and then right while going uphill through Raidillon. The bus-stop chicane, named because this part of the track was open to traffic at certain times, remains a tricky end to the lap though run-off areas across the circuit have been widened to make the track more forgiving.

Weather has often played a factor in determining the winner of the years, as parts of the track can be dry while rainy and slippery in other sections.

History

The first Belgian GP dates back to 1925 and was won by Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Ascari. The event took place at the then 9-mile Spa-Francorchamps circuit that is located in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium. Ascari's win proved to be bittersweet as he was killed in his next race, the French GP.

The race wouldn't be held again until 1930, with Louis Chiron taking the chequered flag at the Spa circuit that had undergone some modifications. Raidillon was introduced in 1939, a race that saw Richard Seaman pass away after crashing in wet conditions while leading the race.

World War II later broke out and the Belgian GP didn't return until June 1946 with Spa-Francorchamps undergoing some changes. Shortened to 8.7 miles, all the slow corners were taken out which made the track one of the most extreme and challenging circuits in motorsport.

With F1 introducing the World Championship in 1950, the first race was dominated by Alfa Romeo with Juan Manuel Fangio finishing ahead of Nino Farina. There was no Belgian GP in 1957 as organisers didn't have the money needed to host the event due to the extreme fuel prices in Belgium and the Netherlands due to the Suez crisis.

Although upgrades were made in 1958, Spa began to garner a reputation for being an unforgiving and mentally challenging circuit with the event often having a smaller-than-average field due to drivers not liking to race there. The track had almost no margin for error and given there were no radios back then, drivers would have no idea about circuit conditions and come face-to-face with rain without warning.

Tragedy strikes at the 1960 Belgian GP

The 1960 race was one of the darkest weekends in F1 history. Stirling Moss had a wheel come off his Lotus during practice, resulting in a heavy crash at Burnenville that broke both his legs, three vertebrae and several ribs. Although he survived, he didn't race for most of the year. Mike Taylor, also driving a Lotus, suffered a steering failure and crashed into trees near Stavelot. The Briton suffered serious head and neck injuries and never raced again.

There was even more tragedy during the race after Chris Bristow came together with Belgian Willy Mairesse. Bristow lost control at Malmedy and crashed into an embankment, with his car rolling over several times. The Briton was thrown from his car and decapitated by barbed-wire fencing next tot he track, killing him instantly. Five laps later, Alan Stacey was hit in the face by a bird on the Masta straight not far from where Bristow was killed. The Briton lost control of his car at 228 km/h and flew off an embankment, landing in a field that was 25 feet lower than the track. His Lotus caught fire and burst into flames. Jack Brabham won the race while Jim Clark scored his first F1 points, taking his first win at the track in 1962.

Jackie Stewart's push for better safety measures at tracks came as a result of his crash in 1966. The Briton crashed at the Masta Kink, landing upside down in an area that was much lower than the track. Ruptured fuel tanks soaked him as he struggled with broken ribs and collarbone, and it wasn't until BRM teammate Graham Hill and Bob Bondurant stopped that he was able to get out of his car.

Eagle-Weslake scored their only F1 victory thanks to Dan Gurney in 1967, while Ferrari's Mike Parkes suffered serious leg and head injuries after a crash at Blanchimont. Although he survived, he never raced again. Another serious accident involving Brian Redman resulted in safety issues coming to a head in 1969. Stewart demanded improvements to safety barriers and road surfaces, but when organisers refused, the British, French and Italian teams withdrew from the event before it was eventually cancelled.

Move to Zolder and Nivelles

With Spa not up to the mandatory FIA safety specs in 1971, the Belgian GP was cancelled and eventually relocated. The event alternated between Zolder and Nivelles-Baulers with Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi winning the first races. The Brazilian won the second race at Nivelles as well, however the event proved unpopular and faded from the racing scene after 1974.

F1 held another nine races at Zolder, however the poor conditions of the circuit were a big talking point in 1981. Osella mechanic Giovanii Amadeo was accidentally run over in the pitlane by Carlos Reutmann and passed away the day after the race. Arrows mechanic Dave Luckett ran onto the grid after Riccardo Patrese's car stalled, however the race was started nonetheless. Patrese's team-mate Siegfried Stohr hit the back of the Italian's car along with Luckett, who was knocked unconscious but survived. The race was eventually stopped and won by Reutemann.

Gilles Villeneuve lost his life during practice for the 1982 Belgian GP after colliding with Jochen Mass at the Butte corner. The Ferrari driver flipped a number of times and was thrown out of his car, passing away at night at a hospital near the circuit.

Return to Spa

Spa-Francorchamps was shorted to 7km in 1979 but only returned to the F1 fold in 1983, with Alain Prost taking the chequered flag as the circuit garnered rave reviews from drivers, teams and fans. Zolder hosted the Belgian GP for the final time in 1984 with Michele Alboreto taking victory in a Ferrari.

Senna took the first of five wins at Spa in a wet/dry race in 1985, though he came up just short after a race long battle with Nigel Mansell the following year. The two drivers came tighter in 1987 which opened the door for Prost to take the chequered flag.

The Brazilian took the next four Belgian GPs, while the 1991 race saw Michael Schumacher make his F1 debut for Jordan. The German took his first of 91 F1 Grand Prix victories the following year in 1992.

Schumacher was involved in a chaotic sequence in the 1998 Belgian GP, which took place in torrential conditions. The race was red flagged on Lap 1 after 13 of the 22 runners were involved in an accident. Visibility remained poor when the race resumed, which saw Schumacher run into the back of David Coulthard while trying to lap the McLaren driver. The event angered the German to the point that he stormed into the McLaren garage to confront Coulthard, who later admitted he was at fault. Only eight drivers finished the race, with Damon Hill taking the chequered flag for Jordan's first F1 win.

Schumacher took his 52nd race win at the 2001 Belgian GP, passing Prost's mark of 51, while the German clinched his seventh and final Drivers' Championship at the 2004 race. The event was left off the F1 calendar in 2006, however it returned the following year with Kimi Raikkonen winning from pole for his third Belgian GP win in a row.

Lewis Hamilton survived a frantic final two laps in 2008 as a late shower disrupted the race. The Briton lost the lead and eventually found his way past Kimi Raikkonen, who crashed, while Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld rounded out the podium. However the stewards gave Hamilton a 25-second penalty, considered a drive-through penalty under the regulations, for cutting a corner to pass Raikkonen at the Bus Stop chicane, dropping him to fourth. Although McLaren appealed, the decision was upheld.

Most successful F1 drivers and teams

Schumacher remains the most successful driver at the Belgian GP, winning the event six times ahead of Senna's five. Behind them the trio of Clark, Raikkonen and Hamilton all have four, while Fangio, Hill and Sebastian Vettel have all won the Belgian GP on three occasions.

Ferrari are the most successful constructor thanks to 18 wins, which includes Charles Leclerc's maiden F1 win in 2019. Behind them are McLaren who stand on 14 wins, with Lotus rounding out the top three with eight.

The Belgian Grand Prix 2020

Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish, converting his pole position into a fourth career victory at Spa-Francorchomps. Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen completed the podium, having remained second and third for the entire race as well. Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon, who passed Alexander Albon on the last lap of the race, saw their Renault cars across the line in fourth and fifth place.

When is the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix on the F1 calendar?

The Belgian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on the weekend of August 27-29 and is provisionally set to be the 12th race of the Formula 1 season. The first two free practice sessions will take place on August 27 with qualifying on Saturday August 28 at 15:00 CET.

What time does the Belgian Grand Prix start?

The Belgian Grand Prix starts on Sunday August 29, 2021 at 15:00 CET. The race can be followed live on RacingNews365’s live blog and watched on F1 TV.

F1 Belgian GP 2021 Schedule

Session Date Time (UK)
Free Practice 1 Friday 27 August 10:30 - 11:30
Free Practice 2 Friday 27 August 14:00 - 15:00
Free Practice 3 Saturday 28 August 11:00 - 12:00
Qualifying Saturday 28 August 14:00 - 15:00
Race Sunday 29 August 14:00
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