Belgium GP – Formula 1 Gets Back to Business FAST

After 5 long weeks, we are ramping up the second half of the 2012 Formula 1 season.  San Antonio F1 Club (SAF1C) continues our series of race watch parties at the Lion & Rose Pub (Alamo Heights location), this Labor Day Weekend.  We will meet on this Sunday, September 2nd, 2012.  Start time to watch will be 12:00PM – NOON!  Get there earlier for best seating…

2012 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX

We will enjoy the Belgium GP race at the well-regarded Spa Circuit, actually named the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.  This is one of the longer circuits of the 2012 F1 season, at just over 7 kilometers (about 4.35 miles).  There will be 44 laps on this challenging track that is famed for its fast, hilly & twisty nature. Spa is considered a circuit favored by many racing drivers and F1 fans.

2012 FORMULA 1 SHELL BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - Circuit Map

This is my favorite section the Spa circuit – the notorious S-turn of “Eau Rouge”.  This is best enjoyed as F1 racing machines strain at a high speed scream, being pitched through that deviating change to uphill kink & then tearing up said hill to the “Les Combes” turn.  See this footage from the 2009 race at Spa.  Wow, scary fast!

There is much history here as Grand Prix racing started as early as 1925, & the first Formula 1 race here in 1950.  This track features higher than the average speeds of most other F1 tracks, which makes for very exciting racing, regardless of the weather.  These pictures contrast the 1965 race to that of our more recent era.

Eau Rouge at Spa, Formula 1 Circuit - Past & Present

Also of note at this event is the fact that Michael Schumacher will be celebrating his 300th (!) GP start.  But, he still has to catch up to Rubens Barrichello, now enjoying his rookie year in IndyCar.  This should be an interesting & entertaining race, especially what with whatever race team development happened over the summer!

See you Sunday – GO RACE !

Dan

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