Spa shows off Eau Rouge, Raidillon upgrade work

Eau Rouge and Raidillon. Picture: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps has released new images showing ongoing safety upgrades to areas including Eau Rouge and Raidillon.

Extensive works around the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix venue began last November, primarily due to the return of motorcycle racing in the form of the Endurance World Championship later this year.

However, they are also likely to be of benefit to car racing, which has seen a spate of frightening crashes at Eau Rouge/Raidillon in recent years, including that which took the life of Anthoine Hubert in a Formula 2 race in 2019.

The changes consist of new gravel traps and expanded run-off areas, including at Raidillon, where the iconic chalet was demolished late last year.

Circuit operators have outlined the improvements as follows (listed in track direction):

  • La Source: Larger run-off, gravel trap added
  • Eau Rouge: Fence moved back for larger run-off
  • Raidillon: Larger tarmac run-off on left (Turn 3) and right (Turn 4)
  • Combes, Malmedy: Fences moved back for larger run-off, gravel replaces tarmac; new service roads
  • Bruxelles: Larger gravel run-off replaces some of the tarmac run-off
  • Blanchimont: Tarmac run-off at Turn 16 replaced by gravel, run-off at Turn 17 enlarged and tarmac replaced with gravel; new service road

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Work on the new Raidillon grandstand. Picture: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

As the photographs show, the work at Raidillon in particular is far from a straightforward task, given the topography of the facility.

There will also be new and improved spectator/corporate infrastructure, namely a new grandstand at La Source, and a covered grandstand at the top of Raidillon with 4600 seats and boxes, the latter of which will be completed at the end of April.

Spa-Francorchamps had already been in line for upgrades before sustaining extensive damage to facilities during the deadly floods which hit Europe last July.

The circuit is set to play host to Formula 1 this year on August 26-28.

Picture: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

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