We wrote about the project of modernization of the classic circuit in Spa and the forthcoming change in the configuration of its classic section in the Eau Rouge turn area a month ago. After the demolition of the old chalet, the first photographs appeared, which give an idea of what this turn looks like now.
In general, these alterations should be perceived in the context of a large-scale reconstruction of the Spa, which is estimated at 80 million euros and involves the modernization of the circuit’s infrastructure, as well as a number of measures to improve its safety. That is why we had to sacrifice those old chalets that stood on the rise from Eau Rouge to Raidillon.
The first stage of work has been completed, the circuit has reopened, although at this time of the year there are only track days for those who like to drive their sports cars. The management of the Spa decided to test the new configuration of the Eau Rouge on them, where the trajectory, temporarily indicated by the yellow lines, was slightly changed. In fact, the turn now goes more steeply to the left, after which the cars return to the previous part of the trajectory.
Snapshots of the corner in its current state have appeared on social media, and a commentator on The Racing Blog writes that the Eau Rouge should turn into a “real” corner that cannot be driven at full throttle – now it will have to slow down a little, and then again start acceleration on the rise.
It is clear why this is being done: reducing the speed at which the riders will overcome this turn means that in the relegation zone it will be lower if someone does not fit into it. Accordingly, it is more likely that the car will be kept under control, and the consequences of the accident will in any case be less serious.
Such a change in the configuration of the Eau Rouge is forced, since in recent years this section of the track in Spa has repeatedly become the site of dangerous accidents, the most dramatic of which occurred in August 2019, when Antoine Hubert, a talented French driver who competed in Formula 2, died. and Juan Manuel Correa was seriously injured.
There were several unpleasant incidents there this year: during the 24 Hours of Spa marathon, Jake Aitken’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo and Davide Rigona’s Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo flew off the track at high speed in this place, and in the first case the Briton suffered a spinal injury … Also, an accident involving several cars occurred in the rain during qualification for the women’s W Series championship, after which Beitske Visser was hospitalized, but, fortunately, in her case, everything went without injuries.
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