2017 Formula 1 calendar

Australian GP 24-26 Mar
Chinese GP 7-9 Apr
Bahrain GP 14-16 Apr
Russian GP 28-30 Apr
Spanish GP 12-14 May
Monaco GP 25-28 May
Canadian GP 9-11 Jun
Azerbaijan GP 23-25 Jun
Austrian GP 7-9 Jul
British GP 14-16 Jul
Hungarian GP 28-30 Jul
Belgian GP 25-27 Aug
Italian GP 1-3 Sep
Singapore GP 15-17 Sep
Malaysian GP 29-1 Oct
Japanese GP 6-8 Oct
United States GP 20-22 Oct
Mexican GP 27-29 Oct
Brazilian GP 10-12 Nov
Abu Dhabi GP 24-26 Nov

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Belgian Grand Prix 2017

Circuit de Spa Francorchamps.

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the classic Formula One tracks, but it is sometimes called "The greatest modern motor racing circuit in the world". It is thoroughly enjoyed both by F1 drivers and spectators. There are many reasons that drivers love Spa but mostly because it is fast, hilly, twisty, challenging and difficult to master. The circuit probably demonstrates the importance of driver skill more than any other in the world. The Belgian Grand Prix is a challenge both in terms of car set-up and in predicting the weather.

Over the years, the Spa course has been modified several times. The track was originally 15 kilometers in length, today it is 7 kilometers with 19 sweeping medium and high-speed corners, 9 right turns and 10 left turns. It still retains much of its previous character and charm. Spa has the longest full throttle section in Formula One. From the hairpin at La Source to the chicane of Les Combes at the top of the hill, the cars spend more than 20 seconds at full throttle. This period at full throttle includes the passage through the legendary Eau Rouge.

As the longest track on the Formula 1 calendar, Spa-Francorchamps has its unique problem. The place is famous for its unpredictable weather and it often rains at one end of the track while the surface is dry at the other. The teams follow the weather forecast constantly during the race. When the rain comes it typically falls in short bursts, sometimes requiring a switch to intermediate tyres. Being on the right tyres at the right time is crucial. At one stage in the tracks history it had rained at the Belgian Grand Prix for twenty years in a row.

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium on Google Maps

A virtual lap of Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps