Work continues at ‘new’ Spa

Tue, 1 May 2007, 08:19

Ahead of Belgium’s return to the F1 calendar in September, work is continuing apace on the Spa-Francorchamps track facelift.

On the promise of a new paddock and pits complex at a cost of about $80 million, the historic venue is back on the ’07 schedule following a one year absence.

The new spacious double-storey and modern-looking pit buildings are now basically complete, while the layout of the much-loved circuit is fundamentally unchanged.

The final chicane, however – previously known as the Bus Stop – has been completely re-profiled and now turns right before sweeping left — the opposite of the former left-right flick.

The new pitlane entrance is now in the middle of the chicane.

Meanwhile, the start-finish stretch is now not curved but fully straight, and its longer length means that the tight hairpin at turn one, La Source, has been moved further north.

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