Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Contract extension for Spa Francorchamps

(Glenn Dunbar for the Lotus F1 Team)

The Spa Francorchamps circuit will remain on the Formula One calendar until at least 2018 after organisers of the Belgian Grand Prix organisers reached an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone.

The venue, one of the last ‘classic’ Grand Prix circuits on the calendar has been a constant presence on the Formula One calendar since 1925. The race track is a favourite among drivers, teams and fans alike with the stunning Eau Rouge corner one of the very best on the Formula One calendar.

The race in Belgian has hosted many fantastic races and has provided many ‘edge of your seat’ excitement, some of the highlights included the Jordan Grand Prix team’s first ever Formula One victory in 1998, which saw Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher finish 1-2. 

The 2000 race was absolutely incredible as Mika Hakkinen used the BAR-Honda of Ricardo Zonta to get by Michael Schumacher.

The McLaren driver went on to win that race. In 2011, Mark Webber driving for Red Bull Racing pull off a fantastic overtake on Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso into Eua Rouge. The Australian made the move stick and went on to finish the race in second place behind race winner and then team mate Sebastian Vettel.

There has also been controversy as in last year’s Belgian Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg collided with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton which resulted in Hamilton retiring from the race while Rosberg went on to finish the event in 2nd place behind race winner Daniel Ricciardo.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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