In The Moment: Webber Versus The Red River

You hear about it, you read about it, you see it on TV and you drive it in video games. Eau Rouge is like no other corner in the world, but that isn’t half the story. Stood at the bottom, you can hear the Formula One cars approach from La Source. They’re accelerating downhill like nothing you’ve heard before. Engine screaming at 18,000RPM, then bang, another gear, more screams, and bang again, another gear. You always wait for the downshift and the associated rumble and bark, but it never comes. Instead, what happens is one of the most beautiful sights in motorsport. That is, a contemporary Formula One car seemingly overcoming what should not be possible.

Flat through Eau Rouge.

Photo by Paddy McGrath
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8 comments
JuanLasheras
JuanLasheras

In fact, the real challenge in Spa is not Eau Rouge, which is "easy" flat out, the real challenge is turn 12 (Mouhon): an almost flat out -and that's the key- long left hand side down to hill... scaring!

EOS
EOS

Pretty sure they changed Eau Rouge some years back to try, in vein obviously, to slow the cars down. Having driven most of that track and walked up Eau Rouge it certainly has to be seen to appreciate just how steep it is. 

greenroadster
greenroadster

I've heard that only Shumacher, Montoyo and Villeneuve took Eau Rouge 100%. It is different today? Everybody does that now? I dont think. Or maybe the cars are more sedate in 2013. Not everybody are champions

RodChong
RodChong moderator

Have fun Paddy!

gatoonik
gatoonik

go to marks twitter and look at hes lastpics tweeted and lol

ApexMutt
ApexMutt

 @greenroadster Massa actually said that everyone takes it at full throttle now and that it was much more nerve wrecking in the v10 cars pre 2006.

greenroadster
greenroadster

 @pedroft82 No, its less powerful engines and more downforce cars. Not better pilots. Thats for sure.


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