Updated: Sep 9
Spa is a pure drivers circuit with a lot of history. It has a mix of long straights and fast corners letting drivers demonstrate the limits of their F1 cars. The size of the track and the nature of Belgian weather means it can sometimes be raining on one part of the circuit and dry on another, meaning grip can vary from corner to corner. Everyone knows Spa for Eau Rouge & Raidillon, arguably the most famous sequence of corners in the world, as the drivers flick left, right and then up the hill.
Sector 3 of Spa has changed since the old days, primarily the layout at the Bus Stop Chicane. The majority of the sector is flat out until you reach Turns 18 & 19 so power is again, very important.
Turn 15 (Stavelot)
Just because Turn 15 (Stavelot) is flat out it does not mean that it is not important for your run down the straight.
Using all of the entry kerb, turn in from the widest line possible and take the apex flat out. Try to narrowly avoid the kerb as it will not gain you time, only risk a spin.
Focus on your exit speed here and avoid scrubbing speed at any point. See you at the Bus Stop.
Turn 16 is not really a corner by today's standards, but apparently, it's official. As always with these kinks, just stay smooth, use as little steering lock as possible and avoid scrubbing speed.
Since the downforce is so high here you can afford to take a shorter route without compromising the speed. Try to touch the white line.
Turn 17 (Blanchimont)
Turn 17 at Blanchimont is a classic corner. Now it is so easily flat out it is no longer the challenge it once was but it still is a thrill to go through at top speed.
Same as T16 - keep it super smooth, taking the line of least resistance. Try not to use the kerb as it will only scrub speed. We have almost made it home.
Turn 18 (Bus Stop)
The Bus Stop - Turn 18. It has been a while since we last used the brakes, so keep that in mind!
Hit the brakes hard in a straight line. You need to make the most of the braking phase early on when the downforce is high but just make sure that as the downforce bleeds off that you ease the pressure to avoid locking up.
Take some of the inside kerb but not too much or it will unsettle the car - stay off the sausage.
Use 2nd gear and try to stay tight to the right-hand side for a better line into T19. Pro tip - Take this to the extreme if you are starting your lap:
Turn 19 (Bus Stop)
Here we are, after over 4 miles we have almost rounded the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, don't spin out now!
Stay in 2nd gear and make a late apex. Try to straighten the exit for best traction and short shift to kill the wheelspin.
Keep off the sausage kerb and drive out towards the line, remembering to hit that DRS button once the car is stable.