After a weekend break, we are followed by a decades-long treat in Formula 1, the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa Francorchamps. The Belgian Grand Prix will be held over the weekend of August 28-30, 2020, and in order to maintain the continuity of preparations for the weekend, as on all previous Wednesdays before the race, we have prepared a historical overview of racing in Belgium.
Belgium hosted the Formula 1 car race long before the start of the World Championship, before the Second World War, with 75 editions held so far since 1924. Ever since the World Championships, he has been racing in Belgium from the earliest days.
The Belgian Grand Prix was part of the first World Cup in 1950 and was missed only six times during the 70-year tradition. Mostly every time due to unsatisfactory safety conditions on the track. In 1957, there was a lack of money to organize a race, and in 2003 she dropped out of the game due to state regulations on advertising nicotine products.
In 1959, 1969, 1971 and 2006, Belgium was not part of the calendar due to non-compliance with the track reconstruction and safety requirements. Six times the race in Belgium also bore the honorary title of Grand Prix of Europe, in the period between 1925 and 1973, when every year one of the races in Europe was awarded this honorary title.
The first, original Spa trail was designed in 1921 by Jules de Thier and Henri Langlois van Ophem using public roads between the towns of Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot, producing a fantastic, 14.9-kilometer trail through the forests and hills of the Belgian Ardennes region.
There are a number of ugly events by which the Zolder trail is remembered. Namely, during training before the 1981 race, Carlos Reutemann accidentally ran over Giovanni Amade, one of the mechanics of the Italian team Osella.
Amadeo passed away the day after the race. Due to the driver strike, the race started later than planned
In 1992, Michael Schumacher achieved his first of a total of 91 career victories, for the Benetton team, just a year after his Formula One debut at the Spa track.
A year later, the most successful of the battle of Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna came out Hill. It is Michael Schumacher who is the most successful driver in the races for the Belgian Grand Prix, and he has won a total of six times.
He achieved his 52nd victory in his career in Belgium in 2001, thus surpassing the record of Alain Prost, who has 51 victories in Formula 1 races. What awaits us for the weekend largely depends on the weather (un) conditions, and many hope that it will rain.