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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.