The Spa-Francorchamps circuit will host the 13th race of the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship from 26 to 28 August.
Immersed in the wooded hills of Ardennes, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit began hosting automotive races in 1920. At that time however, the races took place on a track measuring 14.1 km. The current track dates back to 1983, with the exception of a modification made to the Bus Stop chicane in 2007.
7.004 kilometres long, this is the longest circuit in the World Championship. In spite of two braking sections that require extremely high levels of energy, the track is remarkably light on the braking system because it is made up of wide, fast curves that demand little of the brakes and ensure excellent conditions for cooling the system.
However, when the weather conditions are unfavourable, something that is rather common in Ardennes, there can be problems linked to excessive cooling: during a race in 2014 the air temperature did not exceed 16 degrees.
According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 World Championship tracks on a scale of 1 to 10, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is in the category of tracks that present very little difficulty for the brakes. The Belgian track earned a 4 on the difficulty index, which is the same score that Suzuka received and is higher than only Silverstone and Interlagos.