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Trackside at Spa-Francorchamps – 2021 Belgian Grand Prix

Your guide to getting the most out of your trip to Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix on August 27-29.

 
This guide will be fully updated when the on-track schedule is announced for 2021, normally around 1 month before race weekend. All images © F1Destinations.com. The Editor attended the 2015, 2018 & 2019 Belgian Grand Prix.

Despite being the longest current F1 circuit at 7.004 kilometers (4.352 miles), Spa has a fairly low spectator capacity of 70,000 fans. Most grandstands are located close to the pit straight and opening Eau Rouge corner, with the rest of the circuit given over to General Admission viewing areas – the latter have got much busier in recent years with “Oranje Army” fans of Max Verstappen.

Whatever ticket you buy, be ready to cover lots of ground on foot, especially when entering and exiting the circuit. Comfortable, hard wearing shoes are a must to tackle the hills and dirt paths through the mountains at Spa. A decent level of fitness is also needed to get the most out of General Admission; the best spots also tend to get busier over the course of the weekend, so you need to get there early on race day to secure your spot. The weather is notoriously fickle in the Ardennes area. It’s often warm and sunny when the race is held in late summer, but rain is never too far away. Pack for all conditions ahead of your trip, irrespective of the forecast.

Access Gates

Four gates provide spectator access to the circuit. The La Source and Ster entrances , which are close to each other, are best for most grandstands and also convenient for access to the F1 Fanzone near Eau Rouge. Check the best entrance gate for your ticket type:

  • La Source: Gold 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9 – Silver 1,2 & Bronze (General Admission)
  • Ster: Gold 1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9 – Silver 1,2  & Bronze
  • Combes: Bronze and Silver 4
  • Blanchimont: “17-27” and Bronze

Circuit Opening Times

  • Friday, August 30: 06:00-22:30
  • Saturday, August 31: 06:00-22:30
  • Sunday, September 1: 06:00-20:00

Parking at Spa-Francorchamps

You’ll need to buy a parking pass if you are planning to drive to the circuit. There are three official parking zones: Yellow is close to La Source and best for most grandstands, Green is close to Les Combes and Red is next to Blanchimot. Tickets cost 16 EUR per day from the circuit website. More details in Getting There & Around.

Belgian Grand Prix Timetable

The 2021 Belgian Grand Prix schedule is not yet available, though we do know that Formula 1 will be supported with three races next year from Formula 3. Other support categories have not yet been announced. In the meantime, the schedule from 2019 is published below for information purposes.

Friday

  • 09:35-10:20: Formula 3 practice
  • 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 free practice 1 (FP1)
  • 13:00-13:45: Formula 2 practice
  • 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 free practice 2 (FP2)
  • 16:55-17:25: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 17:50-18:20: Formula 3 qualifying
  • 18:45-19:30: Porsche Supercup practice

Saturday

  • 09:35-09:50: Heritage Demonstration Laps
  • 10:35-11:20: Formula 3 first race
  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 free practice 3 (FP3)
  • 13:25-13:55: Porsche Supercup qualifying
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 16:45-17:50: Formula 2 first race
  • 18:00-19:00: Johnnie Walker Laps

Sunday

  • 09:45-10:30: Formula 3 second race
  • 11:15-12:05: Formula 2 second race
  • 12:30-13:05: Porsche Supercup race
  • 13:30-14:00: F1 Drivers’ Track Parade
  • 14:00-14:15: Starting Grid Presentation1
  • 14:56-14:58: Air Display – F-16 Fly Past (TBC)
  • 15:10-17:10: Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix

Merchandise, Food, Drink & Facilities at Spa

The biggest concentration of merchandise stalls, plus food and drink, can be found in the F1 Fanzone on the outside of the circuit near Eau Rouge. There is also good catering close to Pouchon, plus smaller food and drink stalls dotted around the circuit. Food and drink is disappointingly overpriced at Spa; water costs €3.50 and a half-liter beer cost €5.25. Fries with mayonnaise were €4-5, hamburgers/hotdogs cost €6-8, and other meals can be €10-15.

Been to Spa Francorchamps? Leave a comment with your trackside tips!

68 thoughts on “Trackside at Spa-Francorchamps – 2021 Belgian Grand Prix”

  1. Thank you for the great info. This is a real service to the F1 fan community.
    My husband and I are familiar with the Montreal track and sit in the grandstand at turn 1 every year.
    This year we also bought GA tickets for Spa, driving up from Southern Germany for the race and staying in Aachen.
    Where should we position ourselves on the grass? It seems like Fagnes could be interesting.
    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Cara, thanks for the compliment! General Admission at Spa is awesome, just don’t forget to take some comfortable shoes (or hiking boots!) I walked around the whole of Spa in 2015, and I think for the race, the most comfortable place to watch in GA is Pouchon. There’s lots of elevation and plenty of room, plus great atmosphere and good places for food/drink. Fagnes has no elevation, so not such a great place to watch. Finger’s crossed for sunny skies this year. Rain at Spa only looks good on TV!

  2. Matt Gallacher

    Hi
    Would you know whether you can enter and exit the track during the day to return to your car to pick up supplies? We will be parked in the Yellow Zone if that makes a difference?

  3. Alvaro Capilla

    Hi Matt, where can i park my car if i go to the thursday pitlane walk? I already have parking tickets for the whole weekend on the red area (17-27 Zone), but i don`t find information about thursday.

    Thank you for the info!

    1. Who’s Matt?!!! I just replied to another comment about this. Best parking for the Thursday pitlane walk is the Yellow zone, close to La Source. It’s free to park there on Thursday.

  4. Hello thank you for your site, a lot of information very practical! Just a question, on Sunday in the Bronze Zone (GA) what time is it better to come to have a good place? Like this year the affluence will be very strong I am a little worried about this. thank you

    1. Hi Olivier, as early as you can. The General Admission areas will be really busy this year. If you are travelling as a group, best to try and get your vantage spot reserved by 10am if you can. Otherwise you will be struggling to find a good spot for the race.

  5. Hi,

    Where can i park my car for thursday pitlane walk? I already have parking for the weekend, but ai dont find the info for thursday

    1. Hi Capilla, you can park in the Yellow parking zone, check the map. It’s free on Thursday. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk from the La Source entry to the circuit, which is where you enter for the Pitlane walk on Thursday. I suggest getting there early, it’s going to be really busy this year!

      1. If you have tickets to PRM
        Platform do you need to bring your own chair or are they provided?

        Thank u

  6. Hi, do you know where the officials will start letting people in on the track after the race on Sunday? This is my first live F1 race, but from what I’ve seen on TV they will invite people from the stands onto the track to cheer the drivers on the podium.

    1. Hi Ludwig, it’s normally around 2-3 minutes after the race finishes, once the last car has returned to the pits. I’m not 100% sure where they let fans on to the track at Spa, but probably at either end of the start/finish straight; near the bus stop chicane, and at La Source. Enjoy!

  7. Hello. Does anyone know if there is a shuttle bus between Spa-Géroneire and Circuit Spa-Francorchamp? thanks

  8. Penelope Jacobs

    I hear that toilets are an issue. What are they like for women in the general admission bronze zone?

  9. Andrew, great info, which campsite is closest to the track and with best elevation to view the race please?

    Keith

  10. Nicolás De Teresa

    Hello Andrew.

    What time would be good to get to Pouchon in order to get a good spot?

    How long is it walking from green area parking?

    Thanks a lot and best regards.

    Nicolás

    1. Hi Nicolás. I think it’s about 30 minutes walking from Green parking area. Probably you should be there as early as possible to get a good spot; before 8am would be best

  11. Donna critchley

    Hi which zone campsite do you recommend taking an 11 year old first time for us. We will have weekend GA tickets and will also do the pit lane Thursday. Thank you

  12. Hello Andrew

    Could you tell me how much time walking distance between Green camping and track?

    I am planning to go there and leave the car there all the time.

    Also, would you think camping is a good choice for going with my girlfriend? I mean, showers are reasonably good and you can be peaceful during the night? Thanks!

    1. Hi Javier, the Green camping is quite close to the track entrance. But remember it’s a big track, so this area at the top of the circuit is some 30-60 minutes walking from Eau Rouge for example. The trackside camping is a bit loud and drunken. If you are travelling with your girlfriend, I recommend a permanent campsite near the track, like Elephant. More here.

  13. bonjour j ai des tickets bronze pour le vendredi mais je ne sais pas quelle parking je dois allez pouvez m aider je viens de liège en voiture merci d avance

  14. I have read that a new non-covered grandstand Speed Corner is erected around turn 11, on the outside of the track. That must be opposite the general admission slope, Pouhon? Where are there tunnels that allow you to go from inside to outside?

  15. Hi Andrew,
    Thanks for your really useful post. I’m heading to Spa for my first F1 experience later this month. Do you know what ticket I need to go to the pitwalk on the Thursday? I bought a ticket for the full weekend from spagrandprix.com, which has a ticket for each day, but no mention of the Thursday?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Mark, if you have a ticket for Friday-Sunday, then you can take part in the pit lane walk on Thursday. Bring along your weekend tickets for entry.

  16. Thanks for really useful information.

    Do you know about shuttle buses and if there will be a bus going from Aachen, Friday and Saturday?

    1. Hi Karyn, they don’t have big-name concerts at Spa Francorchamps. They have a stage in the F1 Fanzone behind Eau Rouge, but I don’t know who will be playing.

  17. Hi there do you know if there will be any shuttle buses running from Verviers station in the Thursday for the pit walk? What time would getting there with plenty of time be?!
    Thanks so much,
    Katherine

  18. Do you know if there are any restrictions on photography equipment at the circuit? Specifically I’d like to take a monopod, but don’t want to find it gets confiscated.

  19. Hi Andrew

    Just wondering if you know whether any buses run to the circuit for the pit walk and what time you’d recommend getting there for the pit walk?

    Many thanks,
    Katherine

  20. Hey Andrew,

    we are camping at the Green Zone area and I know that it will be loud and crowded (and that’s ok), but what about hygiene? Do you know anything about the toilets and showers there?

    An answer would be much appreciated.

  21. You recommended a portable radio in order to listen to Grand Prix Radio at Spa-Francorchamps. Is that the Dutch station https://www.grandprixradio.nl/ ? – or is there an official F1 GP broadcast, e.g. that of the stadium speaker? (being a Haas & Magnussen fan, I would not care to hear only about Red Bull & Verstappen aaall the time) :-)

  22. Hello Andrew,

    Given the bad stories I hear about traffic, I am considering to go by motorbike or even parking my car a bit further away and use a normal bike for the last few kilometres.

    However I can’t find anything about this, e.g. whether I can leave the bikes close to the circuit.

    Any recommendations here.

    Thanks a lot.
    Gerco

    1. Let me answer my own question, having been there last weekend, and for others having the same question in the future.

      Going by bike is perfectly possible. We parked the car about five kilometres from the circuit and went the last part by bike. We put the bikes very close to the entrance on the parking lot close to Eau Rouge, make sure you have good locks. Having bikes with good gearing is definitely an advantage, as it most likely involves some climbing.

      As I considered going by motorbike, but didn’t opt for it in the end, I had a close look on the motorbikes. That also is perfectly possible. I spoke with some guys and they told me that the police is very relaxed about parking the bikes around the circuit, as long as it doesn’t hinder anyone.

  23. Hello,
    Thanks for this great guide, that’s so helpful.

    We’ll come from Paris to the track this weekend, do you know if it’s hard and long to access to the green parking? For example at Le Mans, it’s always a big mess… 2 hours near the track to have access to the parking.

  24. Hi there. I’ve found some great and really useful information on your site so thanks a lot for that.
    Just a quick question, but my parents are coming at the weekend and they are having to pick up their passes when they are there. Do you happen to know which gate the bus from Verviers would drop them off nearest to?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. You will have discovered that Spa has a ticket system for most purchases, and you can pay with a card to get tickets. Cash is always handy though, just in case

  25. Hi
    I want to cycle to the track. What can I do with my bicycle?
    It says they are not allowed in.

    1. Hi, I’d say to bring a good lock and find somewhere close to the La Source gate – in full view of some security guards maybe – where you can chain it up.

  26. Tommy Stephens

    Hi Andrew,

    Do you know if the pit lane walk is taking place as usual this year i.e. Thursday 16:00 to 18:00?

    Thanks,
    Tommy

    PS Excellent website by the way! Found it very useful for the few GP I have attended.

    1. I expect so Tommy, can’t see any reason why this would change. We should get the schedule confirmed about one month before the race.

  27. Hi. I would like to know if i can take with me a bag into the circuit. Can i bring some food and beverage?

  28. Hi, great site and info. My son and I have weekend ga tickets for this years race and are staying Aachen. We plan to take the train to Vervier and then the shuttle bus each day. We also want do the Thursday pit walk but cannot find any local busses that run after 18.40 which feels like cutting it too fine. Do they put on any additional services on the Thursday? Thanks

    1. Not sure Andy, I took the bus from Verviers to the track on Thursday last year, which worked well. But I didn’t take it back. I’m sure you will be ok. You could always share a taxi with a couple of other fans.

  29. Thanks for sharing this info. We’re off to our first Grand Prix and this has been really helpful.

    We are camping to the south of the circuit in Camping de L’Eau Rouge. Do you know if any shuttles or busses run from the south of the circuit to save us the walk?

    Many thanks.

    1. Not that I’m aware of, but some campsites do offer shuttle buses. Have you asked them? My experience is that it may be as simple as sticking your thumb out and hitchhiking to the circuit. I’ve picked up people before and dropped them closer to the circuit!

    2. Yes, there are free shuttle buses available. Frequent visitor of camping eau rouge and done it multiple times before. Just leave the camping ground, turn left towards the old circuit as you cross the eau rouge, at the end it’s a bit steep but asphalt road and at the top where you get on what used to be part of the old track turn right and you’ll see the shuttles. It’s around a 2km ride to the blanchimont entrance where they’ll drop you off. Buses go every day (Fri-Sun) to the track and back. But on Sunday you’ll have to walk back, because it’s gonna be too crowded.

  30. Marten Gorter

    Hi Andrew,

    I will be going to the F1 Spa for the first time with my son.
    Can you tell me where I can find Parking lots P1, P2 and P4 for the Pit Lane walk on Thursday?

    Regards
    Marten

  31. I don’t have a portable radio? Is the official F1 app any good for commentary? Or can you recommend any other app that I could download?

  32. Hi Andrew fantastic info first time at spa do you know if they have water refill stations around the track like at Silverstone to save buying bottled water thanks

    1. Sorry, I was working at the track and didn’t get a chance to reply. You will have discovered that there was no refill stations and that bottled water was really expensive. Definitely something to improve in Belgium

  33. Hi
    I am planning to bring my boyfriend to the Spa GP as a surprise for a big birthday. He is very into F1. I am not very knowledgable about F1 and the circuits so am struggling to decide on what tickets to buy. As a first time F1 visitor (but with good F1 knowledge) would it be better to go with a great grandstand (say Gold 8 if I can get tickets) or GA so we have the flexibility to move around? Any views appreciated.

    1. Hi Clare, more info in our Tickets post. Personally, I’d probably go for a mid-range grandstand like Silver 2 next to Eau Rouge. A grandstand is important for race day, when there’s a lot more people on site. But the rest of the time I prefer to wander around the General Admission areas at Spa.

  34. Harrold Watson

    Hello can you please tell me if you can purchase the in ear commentary radios at the track and if English commentary is available?

    Thanks

    1. There’s trackside commentary on loud speakers in French, Dutch and English. I don’t remember seeing in-ear commentary radios at Spa last year, but it’s possible they are available. Better idea is to get the F1 app on your phone – the premium version has live commentary.

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