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Belgian Grand Prix Tickets
Belgian Grand Prix Tickets
Tyres squeal and Ferraris and Mercedes careen around the track at breakneck speeds. Such is the experience of Formula One World Championship events, which are the premier venue for international-grade auto racing. The Belgian Grand Prix offers no shortage of the fast, furious excitement found in F1 races.
The Belgian Grand Prix has been held annually since 2007 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the Belgian municipality of Stavelot. Affectionately known as "Spa" to racing fans and drivers, this 4.3-mile course is fast, hilly and curvy; considered one of the most challenging circuits in the world. The race traditionally takes place in late August or early September. Belgian Grand Prix tickets provide access to various areas of the Spa course, from the premier gold grandstand seats near the treacherous Eau Rouge section to the bronze and silver sections on the straightaways and broad corners.
History of Event
The Belgian Grand Prix was first held in 1925 and became an F1 race with the introduction of the Formula One World Championship in 1950. While the race has primarily been run at Spa, it has been moved to other courses at various points in its history, such as Zolder--1975-1982 and 1984--and Nivelles--1972 and 1974. The original Spa-Francorchamps circuit was much longer than the one currently used for Grand Prix races. The first course, used until 1939, was 9-miles-long while the Spa circuit, used from 1946 to 1970, ran 8.7 miles. The modern course is about half that length but still includes the most challenging sections of the circuit. The Belgian Grand Prix has seen a high percentage of accidents due to the difficulty of the Spa circuit. The 1960 event, now remembered as one of the deadliest race weekends in F1 history, saw the deaths of Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey, with Mike Taylor and Stirling Moss sustaining serious injuries.
Spa is home to some of the toughest track features in modern F1 racing, including the famous Eau Rouge corner. Drivers must navigate a downhill straightaway that crosses the Eau Rouge stream and then launch uphill with a series of left-right turns up to a blind summit. To maintain good downward force over the stream, drivers have to take the corner so fast that they feel their bodies compress through the bottom of the corner. The Belgian Grand Prix is also well-known for its inclement weather. Due to the rainy climate of the Ardennes forest, where Spa is located, rain is common around race time, and there has not been a totally dry race weekend since 2007. Since the Spa circuit is long compared to other F1 races, the track is usually wet in at least one stretch while completely dry in others. Michael Schumacher holds the record for most wins at the Belgian Grand Prix with six. Late racing legend Ayrton Senna won the race five times and active Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen is close behind with four wins.
Seeing the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa is a spectacle and an experience racing fans won't want to miss. Crowds are typically high-energy, due to the challenging course with fast straightaways and harrowing corners that make the circuit a favourite for drivers and spectators alike. The Grand Prix is normally scheduled on a Sunday, but the race weekend really begins the Friday beforehand. Many visitors choose to purchase three-day passes to watch the drivers practice from different areas around the track before the race on Sunday. Experienced spectators recommend bringing waterproof clothing due to the likelihood of rain--some years are so wet that umbrellas are practically useless.
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