Thursday, May 3, 2012

Eau Rouge at Spa Francorchamps

One of the world's great corners at one of the world's great racetracks.  A real test of nerve, the challenge has always been to take it flat out. 

In 1970 the turn was widened and its radius was made shallower - but not by much.  Today, due to the huge downforce they generate, modern Formula 1 cars fly through Eau Rouge at speeds in excess of 300 km/h.

Fernando "Grumpy Pants" Alonso explains: "You come into the corner downhill, have a sudden change [of direction] at the bottom and then go very steep uphill. From the cockpit, you cannot see the exit and as you come over the crest, you don't know where you will land. It is a crucial corner for the timed lap, and also in the race, because you have a long uphill straight afterwards where you can lose a lot of time if you make a mistake. But it is also an important corner for the driver's feeling. It makes a special impression every lap, because you also have a compression in your body as you go through the bottom of the corner. It is very strange - but good fun as well."

Eau Rouge in 1965
and in 2008

2009 Gran Prix of Belgium


  1. As much as I am still angry at F1, I want to go to there.

    1. You and me both, Maxilane.

      First up is Le Mans, though. Looks like we may be going next year, even looking in to renting a DS for the trip from Paris... fingers crossed!