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Belgian Grand Prix

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Template:F1 race The Belgian Grand Prix is an automobile race.

The first national race of Belgium was held in 1925 at the Spa region's race course, an area of the country that had been associated with motor sport since the very early years of racing before the turn of the century. To accommodate Grand Prix motor racing, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps race course was built in 1921 but it was only used for motorcycle racing until 1924. After the 1923 success of the new 24 hours of Le Mans in France, the SPA 24 Hours, a similar 24 hour endurance race, was run at the Spa track.

Drivers and fans alike love the Belgian Grand Prix. Since inception, Spa-Francorchamps has been famous for its unpredictable weather. Frequently drivers confront a part of the course that is clear and bright while another stretch is rainy and slippery. Most drivers today say that the Spa course is the most challenging race track in the world.

The first Belgian Grand Prix was won by Antonio Ascari whose son Alberto would win the race in 1952 and 1953. Unfortunately, after winning the Belgian race, Antonio Ascari would be killed in his next outing at the French Grand Prix. In 1939, the race claimed the life of British driver Richard "Dick" Seaman while leading the race. During the 1960 race Chris Bristow and Alan Stacy lost their lives in separate incidents, the latter in a freak occurrence when hit in the face by a bird. In 1982, on the final qualifying lap at Zolder, Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve was killed.

World Champion Michael Schumacher, who made his debut at Spa in 1991 and won his first F1 race there in 1992, won his 52nd Grand Prix at Spa in 2001, surpassing Alain Prost's all-time record of 51 wins. Schumacher also won his seventh World Drivers' Championship title at Spa in 2004. There was no Belgian Grand Prix in 2003 because of the country's tobacco advertising laws but it returned to the schedule again in 2004.

Circuits used for the Belgian Grand Prix

In 1972 Spa was considered too dangerous for Formula 1 machinery. Following that decision, the Belgians decided to alternate thier Grand Prix between Zolder and a characterless circuit at Nivelles near Brussels. The first race at Nivelles was won by Emerson Fittipaldi but although the track was safe, It inspired little enthusiasm when compared to the magnificent old Spa circuit. Zolder hosted the race the following year and it was won by Jackie Stewart. Formula One returned to Nivelles in 1974. Once again the race was won by Emerson Fittipaldi, but after that event the organizers were unable to sustain a Grand Prix at Nivelles and the track faded from the racing scene. Afterwards, the race returned to Zolder. The Belgian Grand Prix would be held there a further nine times. Niki Lauda scored back-to-back victories at the track in 1975 and 1976 and in 1977 Gunnar Nilsson scored his only F1 victory at Zolder. The following year Mario Andretti won the race for Lotus. In 1979, Jody Scheckter won the race in his Ferrari. In 1980 Didier Pironi became a first time winner at the track in his Ligier. The 1981 meeting that was won by Carlos Reutemann, was chaotic with a mechanic being killed in the pitlane, a drivers' strike and then a nasty startline accident. Zolder will always be remembered, however, as the place where Gilles Villeneuve died in 1982. John Watson won the race for McLaren, but that a year later, the rebuilt Spa circuit opened for racing and the Belgian Grand Prix returned there. The 1984 Belgian Grand Prix was the last race at Zolder with Michele Alboreto taking the win for Ferrari. In 1985, the race returned to Spa where it has remained ever since.

  • Spa-Francorchamps 1925-70, 1983, 1985-2002, 2004-
  • Nivelles 1972, 1974
  • Zolder 1973, 1975-82, 1984

Winners of the Belgian Grand Prix

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2004 Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps Report
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps Report
2001 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps Report
2000 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps Report
1999 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Spa-Francorchamps Report
1998 Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda Spa-Francorchamps Report
1997 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps Report
1996 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps Report
1995 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Renault Spa-Francorchamps Report
1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Spa-Francorchamps Report
1993 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Spa-Francorchamps Report
1992 Michael Schumacher Benetton-Ford Spa-Francorchamps Report
1991 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Spa-Francorchamps Report
1990 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Spa-Francorchamps Report
1989 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Spa-Francorchamps Report
1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Spa-Francorchamps Report
1987 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Spa-Francorchamps Report
1986 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Spa-Francorchamps Report
1985 Ayrton Senna Lotus-Renault Spa-Francorchamps Report
1984 Michele Alboreto Ferrari Zolder Report
1983 Alain Prost Renault Spa-Francorchamps Report
1982 John Watson McLaren-Ford Zolder Report
1981 Carlos Reutemann Williams-Ford Zolder Report
1980 Didier Pironi Ligier-Ford Zolder Report
1979 Jody Scheckter Ferrari Zolder Report
1978 Mario Andretti Lotus-Ford Zolder Report
1977 Gunnar Nilsson Lotus-Ford Zolder Report
1976 Niki Lauda Ferrari Zolder Report
1975 Niki Lauda Ferrari Zolder Report
1974 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Nivelles Report
1973 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Zolder Report
1972 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Nivelles Report
1970 Pedro Rodriguez BRM Spa-Francorchamps Report
1968 Bruce McLaren McLaren-Ford Spa-Francorchamps Report
1967 Dan Gurney Eagle-Weslake Spa-Francorchamps Report
1966 John Surtees Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps Report
1965 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Spa-Francorchamps Report
1964 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Spa-Francorchamps Report
1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Spa-Francorchamps Report
1962 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Spa-Francorchamps Report
1961 Phil Hill Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps Report
1960 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Spa-Francorchamps Report
1958 Tony Brooks Vanwall Spa-Francorchamps Report
1956 Peter Collins Lancia-Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps Report
1955 Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz Spa-Francorchamps Report
1954 Juan Manuel Fangio Maserati Spa-Francorchamps Report
1953 Alberto Ascari Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps Report
1952 Alberto Ascari Ferrari Spa-Francorchamps Report
1951 Nino Farina Alfa Romeo Spa-Francorchamps Report
1950 Juan Manuel Fangio Alfa Romeo Spa-Francorchamps Report
1949 Louis Rosier Talbot Spa-Francorchamps Report
1947 Jean-Pierre Wimille Alfa Romeo Spa-Francorchamps Report
1946 Eugène Chaboud Delage Spa-Francorchamps Report
1939 Hermann Lang Mercedes-Benz Spa-Francorchamps Report
1937 Rudolf Hasse Auto Union Spa-Francorchamps Report
1935 Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Spa-Francorchamps Report
1934 René Dreyfus Bugatti Spa-Francorchamps Report
1933 Tazio Nuvolari Maserati Spa-Francorchamps Report
1931 W. Grover-Williams C. Conelli Bugatti Spa-Francorchamps Report
1930 Louis Chiron Bugatti Spa-Francorchamps Report
1925 Antonio Ascari Alfa Romeo Spa-Francorchamps Report


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