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Location : Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium

Track length : 6.973 km
Number of laps : 44 (306.812 Km)

Spectator Capacity : ~70,000


Record Pole : Michael Schumacher - Ferrari - 1:43.726 (2002)

Fastest Lap : Kimi Raikkonen - McLaren - 1:45.108 (2004)


1. Kimi Raikkonen - McLaren

2. Michael Schumacher - Ferrari

3. Rubens Barrichello - Ferrari


2004 - Kimi Raikkonen - McLaren

2002 - Michael Schumacher - Ferrari

2001 - Michael Schumacher - Ferrari

2000 - Mika Hakkinen - McLaren

1999 - David Coulthard - McLaren


Spa-Francorchamps was first used in 1924. Many drivers have won here, with its ever-changing weather conditions, making it a track very hard to master.

The danger here was ever present, with young Alan Stacey and Chris Bristow killed in separate accidents in 1960. By 1970, it was obvious that the speeds were getting too fast, so the track was discontinued, not returning again until 1983. This return saw the track distance nearly halved, with the removal of a section that was classed as really dangerous and thereafter it rewarded only the most talented.

Eau Rouge remained the most interesting corner, the scene of many accidents. Alex Zanardi escaped serious injury when he crashed his Lotus there in 93, and in light of the tragic deaths at Imola, 1994 saw a new chicane added, but when run-offs were built in 95, this corner came back into play.

Ayrton Senna won four consecutive races, from 1988 to 1991 and it was the scene of Michael Schumacher's very first victory in 1992. 1993 and 94 saw Damon Hill on the top step of the podium, while Michael Schumacher took the next three consecutive wins.

Damon Hill won again in 1998, creating history in the process. In a rain drenched race that saw two stars due to chaos on the opening lap, Hill lead his teammate home to claim the Jordan teams maiden victory that was twice as special with a one two finish. Michael Schumacher was clearly leading with Hill in a strong second until he came up to the McLaren of David Coulthard that was a lap down. The two collided in the horrific conditions, forcing the Ferrari into retirement and a scene that saw him storm down the pitlane to confront Coulthard.

The sun shone brightly the following year allowing Coulthard to take the win. This was one of the events Schumacher was forced to miss due to injuries sustained at the British Grand Prix, however, in 2000 he was forced to settle for third place while Mika Hakkinen took the honours and the younger Schumacher, Ralf took second.

Michael Schumacher took another win on the beautiful Belgian track in 2001. David Coulthard finished second and Giancarlo Fisichella third at the wheel of his Benetton. The race was red flagged for a long moment after the terrible accident of Luciano Burti, who collided with Eddie Irvine's Jaguar.

Michael Schumacher is the winner once again in 2002, this time in front of his team-mate Rubens Barrichello in second place and Juan Pablo Montoya in third position. The drivers' favourite circuit will return on the F1 calendar in 2004, after being left out the previous year because of political reasons.

Kimi Raikkonen took a commanding victory at Spa Francorchamps in 2004, recording the only win of the year for the McLaren Mercedes team. Starting back in tenths position on the grid thanks to changeable weather conditions in qualifying, the Finn soon worked his way to the front and held on to beat Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello by three and four seconds respectively. For Schumacher, second place was enough as he secured his record breaking seventh World Championship with the result.


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