Length: 7.004km / 4.352mi
First Built: 1921
Lap Record: 1:46.577s (Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 2017)
Few circuits compare to the changing gradient, high-speed action and picturesque views that the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps has to offer, and in 2018 it will host the penultimate round of the Formula Renault Northern European Cup season.
The circuit is much changed from the original pre-war venue, but retains the same challenge, not least at the world-famous uphill right hander at Eau Rogue, the lengthy Kemmel Straight, tricky chicanes at Les Combes and the Bus Stop along with the downhill left hander at Pouhon.
Technical Insight – Edwin van den Heuvel
“Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most famous circuits in the world for a reason. Eau Rogue is arguably the greatest challenge with high G-forces as a result of the suspension compression through the corner, but the second sector of the lap is also one of the most technical on the calendar.
“There are plenty of overtaking opportunities around the lap, particularly at La Source and the chicane at Les Combes. It has the greatest number of gradient changes on the calendar, and also features the longest lap and the longest period of time spent at full-throttle down the Kemmel Straight.
“In 2018 the championship marks the halfway stage here, with a strong set of results crucial to carry momentum forward into the summer break.”