Grand Prix Circuits
Booked, or thinking of booking a Leger Formula One break? Click on the links below for your circuit guide.
Belgian Grand Prix:
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Extremely fast, single-seat, open cockpit, open-wheel racing car with substantial front and rear wings, fully integrated Hybrid turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 Power Unit
positioned behind the driver, these are just some of the key components that make a modern F1 race car...
F1 brakes are much more advanced than normal road-car braking systems. And in one particular area is the materials used.
All the cars on the grid use carbon fibre composite brake discs, saving weight and enabling the car to operate at higher temperatures than steel discs.
A Formula One brake disc weighs about 1.5 kg, which are gripped by special compound brake pads capable of running at up to 750 degrees Celsius.
The most aerodynamic parts on a Formula One car are the front and rear wings, these make up 60 percent of overall downforce. These wings have
adjustable profiles which can be alterted depending on the downforce required at a particular track. Tight slow-speed tracks need a more aggressive
wing profile to increase downforce, whilst at high-speed circuits the wing is minimised to reduce downforce and increase speed.
Leading upto 1998, Formula One cars ran with slicks until ‘grooved’ tyres were introduced in an effort to slow down cornering speeds. These new regulations meant
that all tyres had to have four continuous longitudinal grooves of at least 2.5 mm deep and be spaced 50mm apart. This created many
new challenges for the tyre manufacturers, and most notably ensuring the grooves' integrity, which limited the softness of
the rubber compounds that could be used.
Following the ban on computer-controlled suspension, a Formula One car's suspension must be constructed without any
electronics. They now use 'multi-link' suspension on the front and rear, which is the equivalent to the double wishbone layout of some road cars.
Modern Formula One suspension is minutely adjustable. Track set-up will be made according to weather conditions and track surface for example (wet weather settings
are far softer, than dry weather settings).
Circuit de Monaco An iconic mark on the F1 Calendar, Monaco celebrated its 60th race anniversary in 2013. The original street race is widely considere
the most important and prestigious of the races. Despite its relatively low speed, it’s considered to be one of the most demanding
races of the season with tight corners, elevation changes and a tunnel over its 3.3km track length.
"The highlight for us was arriving for Qualifying on the Saturday and soaking up the atmosphere and buzz all around us."
The Hosty family
"All three of us (my wife, son and I) are F1 fans and we chose the Spa Grand Prix as a reward for our son’s excellent GCSE results last year.
The atmosphere walking in to Spa was fantastic and being greeted almost immediately by the sight of Eau Rouge and La Source was really quite something."
Nothing beats a day experiencing the thrill of an F1 race weekend. Below is a helpful check
list to make sure you head to the track equipped with everything you need to make the most of the experience.
- Race tickets
- Drinking water
- Food and snacks
- Ear plugs or ear protectors
- Portable radio
- Camera / Camcorder
- Fully charged battery
- Memory card
- Folding chair (general admission)
- Sun cream
Dont forget if you are going to use your smartphone to take your photographs it may have a photo burst option, allowing a greater
chance of capturing the high speed action!