Broken Formula 1 track record in Spa
919 and Spa – two motorsport icons. And two legends that are closely intertwined. At the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, which is steeped in history, two Porsche drivers Neel Jani and Marc Lieb achieved the very first pole position for the 919 Hybrid in a spectacular qualifying session in 2014. This was the start of an impressive run of success with a total of 20 pole positions, which the LMP1 champion claimed over the course of its four-year career.
The Spa-Francorchamps race circuit features 21 bends, some of which are spectacular, over a distance of 7.004 km. Due to the altitude difference of around 100 meters over the course of the circuit and the large number of bends, the track is often referred to as the “Ardennes rollercoaster”. Its proximity to the border also makes the race circuit extremely popular with German motor racing fans.
When it last appeared in Spa, the 919 Hybrid as an Evo version laid down a marker and broke Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 track record from August 26th, 2017. Neel Jani managed to complete the Grand Prix lap in 1.41.770 minutes and thus beat Hamilton’s previous record by 0.783 seconds.