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Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, 26-28 August 2011

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit plays host to Belgium’s Formula 1 outing again this year between 26 and 28 August.

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The original circuit was a staggering 14.9 kilometres long and even at its current length of less than half of that, it remains the longest Formula 1 track.

The trump card of the Spa circuit is its location amongst picturesque village buildings, winding narrow roads and green woodland. Considering the increasingly developed and industrialised Formula 1 tracks, the Spa has the most natural beauty bestowed upon its surroundings.

The track is so long and the weather so variable that it isn’t unheard of to have both rain and sunshine simultaneously on different sections of the course. This presents a real headache for drivers and their mechanical team in formulating a suitable strategy considering the tyres need to be suitable for all weather conditions and adds a pinch of extra intrigue unique to the Belgian circuit.

The contrast of long straits coupled with notoriously fast corners also make the Spa circuit one of the most potentially dangerous but exciting in the Formula 1 calendar.

Only the truly great drivers can really claim to have mastered the Spa with only six men having won it more than twice including Michael Schumacher (six times). It was the legendary German who won his 52nd Grand Prix at Spa in 2001 which surpassed Alain Prost’s all-time record of 51 wins.

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