Real Spa Track Questio ?
Posted Aug 22 2015 - 06:51 AM
Always wondered why the start/finish in F1 begins before La Source than as it did in the sixties and some events today,down the hill by the old pits.
Is it something to do with health/safety or other?
Also when was the last time F1/gp used the old grid start down the hill.
Posted Aug 22 2015 - 07:16 AM
I suppose for safety.
Better have some scrambling straight after a start for the turn when speed is low then unleashing a pack on a downhill section with high speeds. The turn is slowing them down and limiting the number of cars side by side.
Posted Aug 22 2015 - 07:57 AM
Did you know only 3 turns are the same as the old track? Spa is not Spa anymore.
Posted Aug 22 2015 - 10:28 AM
Agreed Pete and you talk to people,fans ,drivers and media and they don't know about the old track or ignore its heritage.
Posted Aug 22 2015 - 11:14 AM
One statement I am sure was the present track as the same number or maybe more corners ? As the old classic track?
Unless I misheard?
Probably because of the old and new track topography!
Edited by twinpotter, Aug 22 2015 - 11:18 AM.
Posted Aug 22 2015 - 01:14 PM
So here goes.... driving say P&G cars on the new Spa, makes me appreciate both the lack of safety of the era in sims and the fine job the team made of Spa67.
It brings me back to GPL every time. The new Spa forces me into walls and finds me stuck in the sand, if I remember correctly. Flow= Fun. Right?
Posted Aug 23 2015 - 06:29 AM
Anyway I'm sure breaking up the back before they headed into Eau Rouge was the main idea behind that. You dont want interlocking wheels into that corner. Sportscars started down the hill for a long while afterwards which dont suffer from those issues.
Posted Aug 26 2015 - 01:47 AM
The "old" Spa had a really distinct aura of a track so long and so fast that is was almost impossible to tame entirely: you could tame and master certain sections, but not all of it. It was called "The Motorsport University" because the preparation needed to even do a lap without hugging a tree or some bricks was the same you would do for an University exam. And, like a tough exam, separated the good drivers from the bad and the masters.
For example, Jacky Ickx and Jim Clark explained to Graton that the track was always greasy because of the leaves and the resin pouring from the trees, but some sections weren't (La Source, Masta Straight and kink, Stavelot) so one would think to "make the laptime" there. Wrong. They expalined him that this tactic makes you only lose time, because you'll go slower on the greasy parts: instead, they tried to work the laptime on the slippery sections, because they knew that almost everyone was slowing down there.
The track also was threatened by the project of a highway being built just 50 metres from the Masta kink, which (combined with the dangerousness of the track itself and the requests from Stweart's "syndicate" for safer circuits) led to the temporary shut-down from 1971 to 1979.
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