Gravel, gravel, and more gravel. Spa-Francorchamps is undergoing a makeover, in order for the Belgian circuit to be able to host the FIM Endurance World Championship. The changes will also affect Formula 1: not in the layout of the circuit but in its safety. In fact, the escape routes will change and will be made slower by the use of gravel in iconic points of the track: one of these is the Bus-Stop chicane, as shown in the post shared on social networks by the circuit organization.
The gravel will not only appear at the final chicane, but also outside the Brussels (or Rivage), Blanchimont and La Source. The works in progress also concern the straight that leads to Eau Rogue-Raidillon, where the stands and the chalet were demolished to widen the escape route, thus preventing the ‘rebound’ effect after the impact with the barriers, a dynamic which could be seen in all the most dramatic accidents from the last seasons, including the one that cost Anthoine Hubert his life in Formula 2 in 2019 and which also caused very dangerous crashes in 2021 in the W Series and in the 24 Hours of Spa.