This weekend the Formula One circus returned from its summer break and dove head-first into the Belgian Grand Prix. And you know what that means...that's right: Eau Rouge.
The legendary corner at the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps is one of those fearsome bends that, like the Karussell at the Nürburgring or the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca, is arguably just as famous as the track of which it is part. Drivers come speeding down the start finish straight, veer left, then rocket uphill and to the right towards a blind crest at speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour.

It sounds terrifying, but the pros compiled in this video make it look easy. That's how you know they're going fast. The clip brings together over two decades' worth of on-board footage from the Belgian Grand Prix, starting with Nelson Piquet (Sr) in 1991 and culminating with Nico Hulkenberg at last year's race, taking in such world champions as Nigel Mansell, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen along the way.

The only years that are missing are 1994 (when a chicane spoiled the fun in the wake of the fatal Ratzenberger and Senna crashes), 2003 (when Spa alternated with Magny-Cours in France) and 2006 (when the race was not held). For every other year since '91, scope out the three-minute clip right here.


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      Jason
      • 4 Months Ago

      Always worth the time to watch this stuff. Observations: it's a hella different story when in traffic and the balancing of the car while in another's wake must be indescribably hard I don't care what you say, in any era. Also the vertical grade is not evident in these shots but the car is really loaded in compression and that adds another component not clear as you watch these.

      davebo357
      • 4 Months Ago

      This is a nitpick but I don't like that they stretch the older 4:3 video to widescreen.  Changes the way the cars and track look too much.

      Jesse
      • 4 Months Ago

      They should have added Webber's pass on Alonso. Great video!

      blueingreen66
      • 4 Months Ago

      The corner has been re-profiled over time to make it less dangerous. Over the past few years any car had the downforce to take it flat. This year, with the loss of downforce and the increase in torque, that isn't the case. So it's Eau Rouge again.

        TrippulG3
        • 4 Months Ago
        @blueingreen66

        Are you sure it's been reprofiled?  I was under the impression that over the years, Eau Rouge was the one part of the track that has been left unaltered.  Sure they've added runoff and safer crash barriers and the like, but I thought that part of the track itself has remained the same.

        PoMoMangler
        • 4 Months Ago
        @blueingreen66

        Watching the F1 race at Spa yesterday, it sounded like the drivers were going flat out, or at least holding maintenance throttle without braking.

          TrippulG3
          • 4 Months Ago
          @PoMoMangler

          It's very difficult to tell while watching on TV if they're going flat out or make even a 5% lift.  I remember Vettel did it flat out with one hand a few years ago (other hand was operating the F-duct).

          With the 2014 cars, I can recall seeing a number of instances yesterday where drivers would bottom out, oversteer into the right hand bend, carry wide left, get light over the crest, and then it's butt-pucker time trying to keep everything in line while hustling down the Kemmel Straight.

          It's so much more exciting seeing drivers having to work hard and display their skill as opposed to years past when the downforce just sucked them into the ground like they were on rails.

      ninor9
      • 4 Months Ago

      Is it me or did Webber go through at almost 315km/h?  That is pure insanity. My balls shriveled up into my abdomen just watching that.

      bll
      • 4 Months Ago

      I felt nervous when I saw Kimi in the wet going into that corner.

      r_dezi
      • 4 Months Ago

      I don't care what people say about F1, but the drivers in F1 must have the biggest cojones in motorsports because even in the pouring rain they don't slow down very much through this corner either.