Formula 1 2018 at Spa-Francorchamps

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Since 1921 there have been races in the area of Spa-Francorchamps. First on normal roads, and since 1979 on the new and shorter circuit. The old 14 km track was very fast and knew some deadly accidents. That is why the Formula 1 that was held on the track since 1950 left in the seventies. In 1983 the Formula 1 returned at Spa-Francorchamps.

Apart from a visit to the museum, I have never been at Spa-Francorchamps before. An old collegue, with whom I do more Photography trips, suggested to visit the Formula 1training day at Friday. Since the tickets are not very expensive and the traffic jams are not that bad. Those traffic jams  occur since Max Verstappen is a Formula 1 driver and many fans visit the circuit that is close to the Netherlands.On Friday there were two trainings for Formula 1 and some trainings and qualifications for Formula 2 and 3 as well.

During the first training we were standing near the eight turn. This turn is also known as Bruxelles or Rivage. After the first training we went to look for a better place and ended up at the outside of the cirquit in turn thirteen, known as Fagnes. We had a good view with little fences and were able to make completely different photos of the cars.

In all it was a good day, and we could do a lot of panning. I enjoy using slow shutter speed to get some movement in the photo. A visit to the circuit and Formula 1 will happen more often. I didn’t see the race on sunday at the circuit itself, but it sure was a nice race. There was a crash at the first turn, and Max performed well on the track that did not bring him much luck before.

Some of these photo’s are also for sale in my webshop.

PositionDriverNumberTeamTime
1Sebastian Vettel5Ferrari 1:23:34.476
2Lewis Hamilton 44Mercedes +11.061s
3Max Verstappen 33Red Bull +31.372s
4Valtteri Bottas77Mercedes +68.605s
5Sergio Pérez 11Racing Point Force India+71.023s
6Esteban Ocon 31Racing Point Force India+79.520s
7Romain Grosjean 8Haas +85.953s
8Kevin Magnussen 20Haas +87.639s
9Pierre Gasly 10Toro Rosso +105.892s
10Marcus Ericsson 9Sauber +1 lap
11Carlos Sainz55Renault +1 lap
12Sergey Sirotkin 35Williams +1 lap
13Lance Stroll 18Williams +1 lap
14Brendon Hartley28Toro Rosso +1 lap
15Stoffel Vandoorne2McLaren+1 lap
16Daniel Ricciardo 3Red Bull DNF
17Kimi Räikkönen 7Ferrari DNF
18Charles Leclerc 16Sauber DNF
19Fernando Alonso 14McLarenDNF
20 Nico Hülkenberg 27Renault DNF
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