The majestic track at Spa Francorchamps is a throwback to the past; cars hurtling along a 7km track, weaving through roads in the Ardennes forest. It all seems a long way from the glamour and ultra-modern facilities of some of its contemporaries.
The track is by no means a relic though. Spa is a firm favourite for F1 fans and drivers, and as a circuit, integral to Formula 1 every bit as much as Ferrari.
The Belgian Grand Prix is a must-see for F1 fans. There are a good variety of views around the long circuit. From the dash to the tight La Source hairpin to the fast, sweeping turns of Pouhon, the circuit beckons you to put your hiking shoes on and go exploring.
Come rain or shine (mostly rain) everyone is ecstatic to be there and the atmosphere is electric. Fans either come to finally tick Spa off on their bucket list or they’re returning for their second, third, fourth or fifth visit, such is the appeal.
Be advised that Spa is not Monaco. Don’t come expecting glitz, glamour or clean Portaloos. If Monaco is the finest haute cuisine at the table of a Michelin star restaurant, Spa is fish ‘n’ chips wrapped in newspaper. It doesn’t have the same sophistication, but it’s every bit as satisfying.
Belgian Grand Prix F1 Spectator Tips
- Bring good sturdy walking shoes for the circuit’s grassy, hilly terrain and plenty of warm and water-proof clothes.
- Have plenty of loose change. Some toilets are free but for others you’ll have to spend a penny. Well actually 70 cents.
- Stock up on drinks and snacks before you enter the circuit and save a fortune. There are some medium-sized shops that can cater to most needs in the nearby villages of Malmedy and Francorchamps.
Located in the Ardennes forest, the area around Spa has a strong micro-climate. It can be sunny in one part of the track and chucking it down in another part. Use a layered system of clothing for the weekend so you can easily adjust to changing conditions.
I’m Danny, an incurable Formula 1 fan for over 30 years and founder of The F1 Spectator. My aim is to inform and inspire, arming you with helpful tips and advice for your next F1 trip.