The Ardennes circuit, over seven kilometers long, is one of the most iconic in the world. In particular, there is no enthusiast who does not know the Eau Rouge and Raidillon curves, but also in this section there will be some important changes, at least on an environmental level.
The works in fact began with the demolition of the famous chalet that dominated the hill. The construction next to the Raidillon will make way for the creation of a new permanent grandstand, which will offer a breathtaking view of the Eau Rouge, the paddock and the stretch after La Source. The grandstand will also have VIP boxes and will be just one of the novelties of the Spa renovation.
In front of the old boxes, those of the 24 Hours, the current covered grandstand will be demolished to make room for a new one. In all, the circuit will increase grandstand seats by 13,000 with these interventions.
Changes also to the escape routes
In addition to the arrival of new stands, some parts of the track will also be affected by this large-scale renovation. For example, in sections such as La Source, Raidillon, Pouhon and Blanchimont the fuge routes will be extended or modified with the return of gravel to improve safety.
In particular, the Eau Rouge and the Raidillon have attracted a lot of criticism in recent years, after the fatal accident of Anthoine Hubert in 2019 and those that occurred in the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, but also during qualifying for this year’s W Series. .
The renovation will cost around 80 million euros in total, but the investment will be spread over the space of ten years. The Walloon government will contribute 29.5 million, 21 instead come from the funds of the circuit, while the remaining 29.5 will have to be raised with a loan.
The restructuring is also linked to the return of the 24 Hours of motion to the Belgian circuit, which will take place in 2022, as well as to the desire to bring MotoGP back to Belgium.