Formula 3 Spa-Francorchamps Key Facts 2017

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Lap distance:   7.004 km

Race distance:  33 minutes plus one lap

Location:  Located in eastern Belgium, in the Ardennes forest, near the German border

Airports:  Spa-La Sauvenière Airport [private] (9 km), Liège Airport [LGG] (64 km), Maastricht Aachen Airport [MST] (78 km), Cologne Bonn Airport [CGN] (141 km), Brussels Airport [BRU] (142 km), Dusseldorf International Airport [DUS] (155 km)

Lap record:       Max Verstappen, 2m11.111s (2014)


Pole position:

            Qualifying 1                           Qualifying 2                                             Qualifying 3

2013    Not on the calendar

2014    Esteban Ocon                        Gustavo Menezes                                  Esteban Ocon

                  2m10.049s                            2m25.458s                                              2m27.897s

2015    Felix Rosenqvist                                    Mikkel Jensen                                         Jake Dennis

                  2m10.173s                            2m13.707s                                              2m14.665s

2016    Lance Stroll                            George Russell                                        George Russell

                  2m31.409s                            2m12.110s                                              2m12.156s



            Race 1                                       Race 2                                                         Race 3

2013    Not on the calendar

2014    Max Verstappen                  Max Verstappen                                    Max Verstappen

2015    Charles Leclerc                     Jake Dennis                                              Jake Dennis

2016    Lance Stroll                            George Russell                                        Joel Eriksson



The Spa-Francorchamps circuit lies within a triangle formed by the Belgian towns of Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot. Despite being part of the circuit’s name, the town of Spa is actually located slightly to the northwest. The larger cities Liege and Brussels are a 40-minute and two-hour drive respectively.

The track’s location in the Ardennes forest is incredible scenic, but it has its own micro climate with unpredictable weather and the possibility of rain showers occurring almost out of nowhere. As a common factor of long circuits, this can mean rain in one part of the track and dry sections elsewhere.

The circuit has an old-style design, which offers great challenges for the drivers. The original layout of the Spa track was over 14 kilometres long, but during a redesign in the late Seventies the lap was shortened by half the length. The new design now features a 7.004 kilometres long lap, but nevertheless managed to retain the high-speed, challenging nature of the original. Even considering the revised layout of Spa, it is still the longest circuit on the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship calendar.



Please note that due to competing at the same venue as a 24-hour race, the usual timetable had to be adjusted for this event. Free Practice and Qualifying sessions take place on Thursday, race 1 and race 2 are scheduled for Friday and race 3 for Saturday.


Thursday, 27. July

09:00 - 09:40                        Free Practice 1

09:45 - 10:25                        Free Practice 2

13:30 - 13:50                        Qualifying 1

17:10 – 17:30                       Qualifying 2


Friday, 28. July

12:15 - 12:50                        Race 1

12:55 (est)                              Race 1 podium ceremony

13:10 (est)                              Race 1 press conference

15:40 - 16:15                        Race 2

16:20 (est)                              Race 2 podium ceremony

16:35 (est)                              Race 2 press conference


Saturday, 29. July

12:40 - 13:15                        Race 3

13:20 (est)                              Race 3 podium ceremony

13:35 (est)                              Race 3 press conference




Stewards of the meeting                                                      Loïc Bacquelaine (BEL)

Clerk of the Course                                                                  Philippe Godet (BEL)

Secretary of the meeting                                                      Robby Wuyts (BEL)

Chief National Scrutineer                                                    Jean-Pierre de Backer (BEL)

Chief National Medical Officer                                         Christian Wahlen (BEL)