Aug. Sollten Sie den Belgien-GP gemütlich zuhause auf dem Sofa verfolgen, dann verpassen Sie nichts – dank unserer Ferseh-Übersicht. Kaufen sie die Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Tickets auf der offiziellen Webseite. Grand Prix von Belgien. 23 - 25 August Seit finden im belgischen Spa-Francorchamps, einer historische Motorsport-Hochburg, Autorennen statt.
Since inception, Spa-Francorchamps has been known for its unpredictable weather. At one stage in its history it had rained at the Belgian Grand Prix for twenty years in a row.
Frequently drivers confront a part of the course that is clear and bright while another stretch is rainy and slippery.
The Belgian Grand Prix was designated the European Grand Prix six times between and , when this title was an honorary designation given each year to one Grand Prix race in Europe.
It is one of the most popular races on the Formula One calendar, due to the scenic and historical Spa-Francorchamps circuit being a favourite of drivers and fans.
In , the first Belgian Grand Prix was held at the very fast, 9-mile Spa-Francorchamps circuit located in the Ardennes region of eastern Belgium, about half an hour from Liege.
This race was won by the Italian works Alfa driver Antonio Ascari , whose son Alberto would win the race in and The Grand Prix did not come back until , and the circuit had been modified, bypassing the Malmedy chicane.
The race saw the birth of the Raidillon corner; it was a bypass of the Ancienne Douane section. In contrast to popular belief, only the small kink to the left at the bottom of the drop is named Eau Rouge, which directly leads into Raidillon, a very long right uphill corner;  and the tricky left blind corner at the top has no name.
The conditions were dreadful, and the race was marred by the death of British driver Richard "Dick" Seaman while leading the race. Going into Clubhouse corner, Seaman was pushing hard; he skidded off the rain-soaked road, hit a tree and his Mercedes caught fire.
Seaman received life-threatening burns, and he succumbed to his injuries later in hospital. The race was won by Seaman's teammate Hermann Lang.
Spa was modified to make it even faster, shortening it to 8. All of the slow corners were taken out — the Stavelot hairpin was bypassed and made into a fast banked corner and the Malmedy chicane was also bypassed.
At this time, every corner except La Source was ultra-high speed. Spa over this time became known as one of the most extreme, challenging and fearsome circuits in motorsports history.
Their closest challenger, Alberto Ascari , ran into fuel problems and fell back. The race was won by Fangio, and Farina won the next year's race in his works Alfa after Fangio dropped back with hub problems.
Moss followed Fangio closely for most of the race, the Argentine took victory as he had the year before in a Maserati. The track was drying, and Moss lost a wheel at Raidillon corner.
Fortunately he didn't hit anything and went back to take over his teammate Cesare Perdisa's car and was able to finish 3rd. The gearbox in Fangio's car broke, and his teammate Peter Collins won the race.
The race was cancelled because there was no money for the race to be held, thanks to the extreme prices of fuel in Belgium and the Netherlands caused by the Suez crisis.
But Spa had gained a reputation as a totally unforgiving, frightening and a very mentally challenging circuit, even in those safety-absent days, and most racing events there — particularly the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa — had smaller-than-average fields because a number of drivers feared the circuit and did not like racing there.
The layout was still the same as before, and the extremely small, almost non-existent margin for error as described before had been realised very quickly.
The circuit was extremely challenging, mainly because each corner on the circuit was so fast, and also because of the circuit's long length in addition to the fact that it was practically only made up of fast corners and straights.
The circuit was so fast that it wasn't all that much slower than most American ovals, such as Indianapolis. This made Spa a considerable mental challenge, and each corner was as important as the other; each corner had to be taken right, because this affected one's speed through the next corner, and the next one, and so on.
If a driver got his line wrong or was even slightly slow through any corner on the track, he would lose not tenths of seconds but whole seconds, usually 5—8 seconds, and if a driver lifted even just a little bit anywhere on the track particularly through corners like Burnenville or Stavelot , they would usually lose 2—3 seconds instantly from their lap time.
This also applied to physical treatment, as crashes in those days usually meant serious injury or death. If a driver made even the smallest mistake or the slightest error in judgement, the punishment could be extremely harsh, mentally and physically.
Spa was also a circuit that was located in a region where the weather was rather unpredictable; there were many races at Spa where while one part of the track was dry and had sunshine, another at the same time was soaking wet and it was raining there.
There were no radios in the days of the old Spa circuit, so drivers had no idea of circuit conditions and would often drive flat out into a wall of rain that wasn't there on the previous lap; this often meant an accident and when that happened, because of the rural area of the circuit, drivers did not know what they were going to hit when crashing at Spa; either they dropped into a lower area or hit telegraph poles, houses, stone walls, embankments or trees.
Many drivers were killed or seriously injured at Spa during the s in all disciplines of motorsport that competed there. The prestigious Belgian event was not run in , but was to be one of the darkest weekends in the history of Formula One.
Grand Prix racing had moved forward to a new kind of car design — new British independent teams such as Cooper and Lotus had pioneered the rear-mid-engined car, much like the Auto Union Grand Prix cars of the s.
These cars were considerably lighter, faster and easier to drive than their front-engined predecessors, and it became obvious that rear-mid-engined cars were the way to go in purpose-built automobile racing.
But this new type of cars had not been driven at Spa before, so no one knew how they would perform there. The high-speed bends at Spa were now much faster with these new cars — and in those days, the cars or circuits for that matter had absolutely no safety features of any kind.
Cars were not crash-tested and didn't have any installed equipment such as roll bars made mandatory in or fire extinguishers.
Although drivers did wear helmets, they were shaped like paper plates, made of weak and lightweight material and not scientifically designed or tested.
Drivers in those days did not even wear seatbelts — they found it preferable to be thrown from a car that might be on fire to reduce the chance of injury or death.
During practice, Stirling Moss, now driving a privately entered Lotus, had a wheel come off his car and he crashed heavily at the Burnenville right-hander.
Moss, who was one of the best racing drivers in the world at the time, was thrown out of his car and his unconscious but living body landed in the middle of the track.
The Englishman broke both legs, three vertebrae, several ribs and had many cuts and abrasions; he survived but didn't race for most of that year.
Briton Mike Taylor, also driving a Lotus, suffered a steering failure and crashed into trees next to the track near Stavelot. Taylor then was trapped in the car for some time with serious head and neck injuries.
This accident ended his racing career; he later successfully sued Lotus founder Colin Chapman in British court for sale of faulty machinery.
The race itself, however, was to be even more disastrous. The very young Bristow, having never driven at Spa before, was known as a brash and daring driver who had a reputation for being rather wild; the relatively inexperienced year-old Englishman had been in lots of accidents in his short career.
This was due to his unruly and very aggressive driving style, and he was possibly in way over his head at Spa-Francorchamps.
Mairesse was also known as an equally aggressive driver who had a win-at-all-costs mentality and was known to be difficult to pass, particularly on his home track.
The fact that these 2 drivers were racing against each other on this track meant that disaster was perhaps inevitable. Bristow and Mairesse touched wheels, and the Englishman lost control at Malmedy, overturned and crashed into an embankment on the right side of the track.
The car rolled and flipped a number of times, Bristow was thrown from his car and was beheaded by some barbed-wire fencing next to the circuit; his lifeless body landed on the track where it stayed for some time.
Mairesse continued, but retired from the race later on with gearbox trouble. After penetrating 10 feet of thick bushes, the car landed on a spot in a field some 25 feet lower than the track.
On impact with the field, it then exploded and burst into flames; the hapless Englishman was killed by this horrific crash. It was not known whether the impact broke his neck or if the fire burned him alive while unconscious.
Australian Jack Brabham won the race, and British future great Jim Clark scored his first Formula One points by finishing 5th — but the great Scottish driver, like a number of other drivers, developed an intense dislike of the circuit after he had to swerve at extreme speeds to avoid running over Bristow's headless body.
The race itself was won by Australian Jack Brabham , and it proved to be a gruelling and brutal race for him — he was chased by American works Ferrari driver Phil Hill all the way to the end, when Hill had to pit because of a broken fuel line.
This year saw another rain soaked race: Briton Jackie Stewart had a high speed accident at the Masta Kink, where he went through a woodcutter's hut, hit a telegraph pole, and dropped into a much lower part of the circuit where the car landed upside down.
The BRM Stewart was driving had bent itself over his legs, so he could not get out by himself and the Scot ended up being stuck in his car for nearly 30 minutes.
Stewart's misery was made worse by the fact that the fuel tanks, which were bags located inside the car that flanked the driver, had ruptured and were soaking him with flammable fuel, and in addition he also had broken ribs and collarbone.
Because of the absence of safety precautions in those days, they had to borrow spanners from a nearby spectator, and the two drivers got Stewart out.
There were other bad accidents on the circuit; some of the cars were hanging off feet-high ledges. Stewart's crash at this race was one that effectively began his crusade for safety at racetracks.
The race was nearly unmanageable, there was so much water on the track that the Climax engine in Clark's Lotus was flooded and failed.
After his car hit and climbed up an embankment, the works Ferrari driver was thrown out of his car, receiving serious leg and head injuries.
The doctors considered amputation of his legs but this was not done , and he then lapsed into a coma for a week. Miraculously, Parkes survived, but he never raced in Formula One again.
New Zealander Chris Amon qualified his rear-wing equipped Ferrari on pole position by 4 seconds over Stewart in a Matra. Come race day, McLaren won their first ever victory as a constructor, with its founder Bruce McLaren winning — but the race saw yet another serious accident.
Briton Brian Redman crashed his works Cooper heavily at very high speed into a parked Ford Cortina road car at Burnenville, and the Cooper caught fire.
He was seriously burned and he had also badly broken his right arm; he did not race for most of that year. And come the next season, the Grand Prix racing fraternity had finally snapped: Spa was getting out of order with Formula One.
The rural country circuit was still very much feared by the drivers, and a number of them disliked the track. The ultra-fast Belgian circuit was made up of everyday public roads that went past towns, farmland, trees, people's homes, fields, and telegraph wire poles, and the conditions of the circuit were, apart from a few useless straw bales, virtually identical to everyday civilian use.
Safety in motor racing not just in Formula One was nearly non-existent and hardly any thought was ever given to safety. Most drivers in those days preferred the danger element of the sport as it existed back then, as it gave them satisfaction to do something dangerous and survive doing it.
But times were changing, and this was demonstrated when things came to a head when the Belgian Grand Prix was scheduled for 8 June as part of the that year's season at Spa.
When Jackie Stewart visited the circuit on behalf of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association he demanded many improvements to safety barriers and road surfaces, in order to make the track safe for racing.
The exclusion of the Belgian Grand Prix that year was not popular with the press particularly well-known British journalist Denis Jenkinson , who were having a difficult time accepting the growing professionalism and business aspects of the sport.
Grandstand Gold 1 runs along the outside of the main straight, and overlooks the pit lane and the podium.
Any driver straying off the racing line here will be at the centre of a spectacular incident. With a seat here, you have excellent views of the whole stretch form the Source curb until the Eau Rouge.
You will also be able to enjoy all the action around the GP 2 paddock from this grandstand. You will see the skill of the drivers and the performance of the cars as they weave right then left, and out onto the main straight.
This is a sought after grandstand, and a fantastic spot to see the cars charge towards you into the first corner. You will be well placed to see the pre-race grid further up the straight, as well as the chequered flag as the winner crosses the line.
This is a great spot to see the charge into the first corner at the race start, and is often the scene of race incidents, and a potential overtaking spot.
You will see the chequered flag as the winner crosses the line, as well as the champagne showered podium celebrations and interviews.
At this stage, cars sweep through this double turn left-right, before heading uphill at an incredible speed.
You will have a good view up to the pit lane exit, making this an excellent place to see race strategies evolving.
Appreciate the amazing cornering ability and aerodynamic grip of the F1 cars as they negotiate the smooth curve in front of the Silver 3 Grandstand.
You will also see the drivers exiting the Pouhon curve and speed up towards the last few turns of the Spa-Francorchamps track. Seats here provide great views of the action as the cars come storming out the chicane at Les Combes.
Depending on your seat, you may also enjoy sights of the Turn The ticket is made only for people aged between 17 and 27, and offers a seat in the Grandstand along with access to an exclusive F1 festival during the race weekend.
A giant screen is located close to this grandstand as well, so you can follow all the action around the track. The following is included with this one-of-a-kind ticket: