Formula 1 in Spa - Ferrari succeed on the most challenging circuit of the season

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Spa-Francorchamps - the Racing Mystery

This Grand-Prix is usually the highlight of every Formula 1 season - simply as it is one of the few remaining driver's races. The circuit in the small hills of Belgium is considered for nearly F1 driver as one of the most challenging and fun race. The famous curve "Eau Rouge" is bringing the drivers courage to a certain limit when you gear through that massive uphill curve with over 320 km/h. The weather always plays a crucial role and can never be planned. There is only other circuit during the current racing calendar that has a similar legendary meaning which is Monaco - the Grand Prix of Monte Carlo - the most famous city race in one of the richest towns on Earth. Different topic.

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Formula 1 - one of my favourite sports apart from Football (for the US citizens - you call it soccer). As a young kid I was always watching F1 - even in times when no drivers from Germany did race there - way before the time of Michael Schumacher - in Germany it always played an important sports role. When F1 started it used to be the Mercedes Benz Silberpfeile (silver arrows) that dominated F1. Germany had two racing circuits during the F1 season (changed unfortunately since the F! become only a business and went to strange places). The car manufacturer (Mercedes) took a long break until they returned. It took them a while to be successful again, several years, but as we all know they are now again the dominating team with Lewis Hamilton.

Qualifying yesterday - Mercedes on Pole position again

Lewis was able again to race to pole position ahead of my fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel driving Ferrari. Vettel had to win to reduce the gap behind Lewis Hamilton - if Lewis would have won - the championship nearly decided. But.... (read about the results later).

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Back to the mystery Eau Rouge

This curve (or better combination) is really the most famous one in Formula 1 - it either frightens you or it makes you to become a champion. The Eau Rouge / Raidillon combination lets drivers race down a straight to the point where the track crosses the Eau Rouge stream for the first time, before being launched steeply uphill into a sweeping left-right-left collection of corners with a blind summit. It is a wild ride and a historic combination introduced backed in 1939 already. Former world Champion Fernando Alonso explained it this way (Source Wikipedia):

"You come into the corner downhill, have a sudden change [of direction] at the bottom and then go very steep uphill. From the cockpit, you cannot see the exit and as you come over the crest, you don't know where you will land. It is a crucial corner for the timed lap, and also in the race, because you have a long uphill straight afterwards where you can lose a lot of time if you make a mistake. But it is also an important corner for the driver's feeling. It makes a special impression every lap, because you also have a compression in your body as you go through the bottom of the corner. It is very strange – but good fun as well."

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The Race today

It was a fab race indeed and my crossded fingers for Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel paid off - We won lol Sebastian took the lead straight (after 3 curves) after the start and won this special race in the yearly calendar of racing.

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SPA Franchorchamps ist eine meiner Lieblingsrennstrecken.
Bei den Simulationen GTR, GTR2, GT5 und GT6 und Project Cars war das immer der Hammer. Due "Eau rouge" ist der Wahnsinn.
Mit über 200 Sachen in die Schickane um dann oben am Hügel in der Linkskurve wieder voll auf den Hahn zu gehen.
Gerade aus bis knapp 300 Sachen und dann in die schöne Rechts-Links im 3. Gang. Kurzer Sprint weiter im 3. Gang rechts weg.
Den Berg runter bis in den 4 Gang und abbremesen in die weitläufige und abfallende Rechtskurve.
Gefolgt von einer links ins offene Feld die im 3. genommen wird.
Weiter beschleunigen bis in den 5. Gang und dann zurück in den 4. Gang. Eng links bleiben und weiter wieder Vollgas den Berg runter bis zur ersten Schickane....

Usw. usf.... :-D

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Ja - geile Kurve eben, das ist grosses Racing auf der Strecke wie auch am Controller, joystick, keyboard etc

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Ich bin da eher der Fan von einem ordentlichen FFB-Lenkrad.
Controller und Keyboard sind da eher ungeeigenet wenn man sich wirklich mit dem Thema auseinander setzen will.

Vettel hat mal wieder gewonnen? Cool....
Aber ich schaue seit paar Jahren keine Formel 1 mehr, zu langweilig geworden....

Naja, Monaco ist aber auch nicht von pappe... :)
Natürlich, die Eau Rouge hats in sich, da muß man gut aufpassen, aber der Rest der neuen Spa Strecke ist nicht so wild. Schon anders als die neuen Mickey Maus Kurse, aber nicht zu hart. Monaco ist da schon eine ganz andere Hausnummer, wenn du richtig schnell sein willst. Der kleinste Fehler und du hast ein Dreirad. :)

Spa-Francorchamps has always be one of my favorite tracks in the F1 calender. Great post, @uwelang.

Nice post my friend . Thanks for sharing @uwelang

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Really fascinating this race, and even more surprising the shock just a few seconds to start where Alonso went flying through the air and fortunately had no physical injury but another personal frustration as a pilot. Other interesting moments during the race, was to enjoy the cleverness of Verstappen to be placed in third place and the comeback of Bottas of a last position for the penalty that was object by the changes in the car and go back to a very interesting fourth place.

You think the halo did it's job? BTW why was it coined the halo? It's shaped like a wishbone.