Need To Know: 2019 Belgian Grand Prix

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Formula 1 returns from its summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix at the iconic Spa Francorchamps circuit. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix weekend on August 30-September 1, 2019!

As one of the few remaining tracks which appeared on the F1 calendar in its inaugural season, Spa Francorchamps has become something of a Mecca for motorsport fans. This will be the 75th Belgian Grand Prix to be held since the first event back in 1925, and the 52nd Formula 1 race at the Spa circuit. Located in the Ardennes forest in the east of Belgium, fans visiting the track have a wealth of accommodation options with towns and cities such as Verviers, Liege, Aachen and Maastricht all within a good distance of Spa. We’ve rounded up the best places to visit on your Belgian Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities. If you’re interested in motorsport history, there’s a Spa Francorchamps museum just 10km from the circuit!

If you’re not camping at the circuit, there’s a range of ways of getting to the circuit – though few are easier than driving there yourself. You can find all the details of public transport services here, plus parking tips here.

Heading to Spa for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Approximately 250,000 fans attended the Belgian Grand Prix last year, making it the sixth best-attended race of the 2018 season. Fan attendance at Spa has surged in recent years, largely thanks to Max Verstappen’s presence on the grid – don’t be surprised to see grandstands awash with orange over the race weekend! While the Belgian Grand Prix ranks as the twelfth most expensive in terms of 3-day General Admission tickets, it is the third most expensive race for fans looking to sit in grandstand seats. No grandstand seats are priced at under 350 at Spa, with only Monaco and Abu Dhabi being more expensive.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Belgian Grand Prix!

What to look forward to at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix

As we’ve already mentioned, Spa is one of the “must-attend” races for F1 fans. It’s a legendary circuit steeped in motorsport history, with iconic corners such as Raidillon, Eau Rouge and Pouhon, to name but a few. The opening La Source corner can be a hotspot for drama, as seen in last year’s race, when Fernando Alonso’s McLaren launched over the top of Charles Leclerc’s Sauber. With plenty of slipstreaming along the Kemmel Straight, overtaking is tricky but achievable at the track – especially in the opening laps! Add to that Spa’s micro-climate – which resulted in an action-packed qualifying session last year – and drama is never far away at the Belgian Grand Prix!

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

The Formula 1 action is supplemented with Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races, and there’ll also be demonstration laps in heritage cars. Given Spa’s unpredictable climate, we recommend being prepared for all weather conditions! You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

If you’re not at Spa Francorchamps for this year’s Belgian Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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  1. Charlotte Stacey says:

    We are going to be staying in Aachen and are thinking of getting a taxi/car plus driver to take 4 of us to and from the circuit – do you have any recommendations

  2. James Rees says:

    Hi, I am going to an f1 race for the first time this weekend in spa. I wanted to know whether it is possible to run around the track at some point throughout the weekend?

    Kind regards

    • Editor says:

      Sorry James, I was working at the track and didn’t get the chance to respond. Sorry, but there was no opportunity to run the track – only after the race. But I’m not sure if you were able to walk around the whole track.

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