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 27-29, 2021!
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 77th Belgian Grand Prix to be held since the first event back in 1925, and the 54th Formula 1 race at the Spa circuit.
Please note that the Pit Lane Walk for fans on Thursday at the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix has been cancelled due to COVID-19 and will not take place this year.
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!
Getting to Spa Francorchamps
While camping is a popular option for fans attending the Belgian Grand Prix, the circuit is served by a number of public transport links – though the easiest way to get to Spa is to drive yourself there. 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.
Due to travel restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, only spectators from the European Union, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are able to attend the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix.
To enter the circuit, you will need a “Covid Safe Ticket”. That means that you will need to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated, be in possession of a negative PCR test carried out no more than 48 hours prior to your entry to the track or have proof that you have recovered from the virus. Visitors from the United Kingdom can use the NHS app to provide proof of these conditions. More information can be found here. Furthermore, you will also require an item that proves your identity, and your e-ticket.
Big crowds expected
While the 2020 race was held behind closed doors, the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix attracted over 250,000 fans and was the seventh best attended race of the year. This year, attendance is capped at a maximum of 75,000 spectators per day.
Fan attendance at the Belgian Grand Prix has surged in recent years, mostly thanks to Max Verstappen’s presence on the grid. Spa’s grandstands have been filled with fans dressed in orange in recent years – and that’s likely to be the case again in 2021, despite the Red Bull driver’s first home race following just one week after the Belgian Grand Prix.
In 2019, the Belgian Grand Prix ranked as the twelfth most expensive in terms of 3-day General Admission tickets. While General Admission ticket prices were around the average for F1 races, the race was the third most expensive race for fans looking to sit in grandstand seats in 2019. Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Belgian Grand Prix.
Support races and trackside entertainment
The Formula 1 action is supplemented with three Formula 3 races across the weekend, plus a W Series race after F1 qualifying on Saturday afternoon and Porsche Supercup on Sunday morning. There’ll also be demonstration laps in heritage cars on Friday and Saturday. 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.