Gallery: Not the Belgian Grand Prix

Takuma Sato, BAR-Honda Spa-Francorchamps, 2005Today was supposed to be the date of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francochamps. The majestic circuit in the Ardennes forest was voted the best in Formula One by fans last year, but was dropped from the 2006 calendar.

The circuit is one of the most demanding in the world. Its fastest sweeps and plunges are shaped by the natural terrain. At over eight miles the original circuit was far longer but the modern, contracted configuration is the closest to the road racing roots of Grands Prix that features in F1 today.

Early BelgiumFamously Spa’s ‘microclimate’ provokes unpredictable weather which further adds to the challenge.

Happily, the track should be back on the calendar next year. In the meantime, enjoy a selection of ‘photos from recent Belgian Grands Prix, plus a couple of classic archive pictures.


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Chrisitan Klien, Jaguar, Spa-Francorchamps, 2004 David Coulthard, Red Bull Racing-Cosworth, Spa-Francorchamps, 2005 Eddie Irvine, Jaguar-Cosworth, Spa-Francorchamps, 2002

Fernando Alonso, Renault, Spa-Francorchamps, 2005 Jacques Villeneuve, BAR-Honda, Spa-Francorchamps, 2001 Takuma Sato, BAR-Honda Spa-Francorchamps, 2005

David Coulthard, Red Bull Racing-Cosworth, Spa-Francorchamps, 2005 Jenson Button, Renault, Spa-Francorchamps, 2004 Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams-BMW, Spa-Francorchamps, 2001

Jenson Button, BAR-Honda, Spa-Francorchamps, 2004 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 1996 Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams-BMW, Spa-Francorchamps, 2002

Pedro de la Rosa, Jaguar-Cosworth, Spa-Francorchamps, 2002 Jenson Button, Williams-BMW, Spa-Francorchamps, 2000 Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2002

Rubens Barrichello, Stewart-Ford, Spa-Francorchamps, 1999 Renault, Spa-Francorchamps, 2002 Takuma Sato, BAR-Honda Spa-Francorchamps, 2005

Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2005 Vitantonio Liuzzi, Red Bull Racing-Cosworth, Spa-Francorchamps, 2005 Jarno Trulli, Renault, Spa-Francorchamps, 2004

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