Belgium will be able to continue hosting the Grand Prix, after F1 signed a new deal with Spa Grand Prix. This secures the future of the Belgian race until 2021. The current contract expires after this year’s event and so the new contract means the race will be included in the F1 fixtures for the next three seasons at least. F1 owner, Liberty Media, said the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium will continue to be a key part in F1’s core values alongside newer destinations on the racing calendar.
What’s so special about Spa-Francorchamps?
The circuit has been called fearsome, impressive, history-laden and legendary. It hosted its first F1 race ba ck in 1950. The circuit was first used for racing in 1921. A car race was scheduled for August of that year, but just one driver registered. Instead, the event was replaced by a motorbike race, which attracted 23 riders. In 1973, Frenchman Henri Pescarolo set a lap record at an average of 262.461km/h, which still remains the speed record for a lap of the circuit today.
Greatest F1 circuit in the world
It has been hailed the most beautiful and the greatest racing circuit in the entire world. with the Ardennes forest as its picturesque backdrop. It is also the longest circuit at 7,004km and one of the fastest, with an average speed of more than 140mph. Drivers are also tested by, and at the same time relish, the challenging corners like the legendary Eau Rouge.
Rich history with F1
F1 director of promoters and business relations, Chloe Targett-Adams, said F1 was born in Europe and needs to maintain its roots, while also expanding around the globe. She added that Spa-Francorchamps has played an important part in that rich history. She says the new agreement means fans can enjoy an unforgettable experience at the race. To enjoy this incredible experience for yourself, you can book yourself an exclusive spot in the F1 Paddock Club in Belgium, with https://edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/belgium/.
What do the drivers think?
Jenson Button said it has always been among his favourite F1 circuits. His first Grand Prix there was in 2000 and he says he had one of his most satisfying wins there in 2012. Fernando Alonso said the Spa circuit always gets the adrenaline pumping, with its quick corners and the way the track rises and falls.