Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Spa-Francorchamps: One of the Best

This weekend, the Formula One circus will make its way to truly one of the great circuits of all time, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. In addition to its status as the place to go for hydrotherapy and is the namesake for getaways to relax and drink the waters, Spa brings visions of wet, variable weather conditions, circuit topography that is second to none and corner names that feel like destinations onto themselves, Les Combes, Malmedy, Slaveot, Pouhon, Blanchimont, La Source and of course, Eau Rouge.

This circuit is truly admired by driver, team and fan alike. Spa-Francorchamps is one of the last true road racing circuits that still gives you the feeling that the drivers are truly going somewhere. The circuit used to be laid out on public roads and if you look hard enough, you can still see where the old circuit diverges from the current circuit at Les Combes, and goes off into the Belgian countryside. In 1979, the track was shortened to its current distance of 4.3 miles from the original, daunting and frightening 9.3 miles that snaked its way through the Ardenne forest and several Belgian towns. This old circuit included rather deadly sections of road, such as Masta Kink. The old circuit was so dangerous, F1 abandoned Spa until the circuit was shortened.

Take a tour with 2 times F1 World Champion, Fernando Alonso.

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