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#1 jimjimjeroo

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 10:02

More photos have emerged on twitter today or collapses purportedly near Les Combes

https://twitter.com/...4362226692?s=19

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#2 Calum

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 10:18

Unlikely, there’s “Max mania” in the short term to haul them through and make any repair works worth it.

It’s still a dramatic looking photo you have shared in the link!

#3 Zoe

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 10:21

There's more money in F1 than in private homes, so I expect that the F1 circuit and surroundings will be repaired more quickly than the private houses that have been damaged in that severe thunderstorm.



#4 Roadhouse

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 10:25

Unlikely, there’s “Max mania” in the short term to haul them through and make any repair works worth it.

It’s still a dramatic looking photo you have shared in the link!

 

I don't know if they're actually able to turn a profit nowadays. The organisation of Spa has less business talent than a kid with a lemonade stand.



#5 ANF

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 10:31

It's the flooding:
https://lameuse.sudi...egion-liegeoise
https://www.euronews...any-and-belgium



#6 Clatter

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 10:33

There's more money in F1 than in private homes, so I expect that the F1 circuit and surroundings will be repaired more quickly than the private houses that have been damaged in that severe thunderstorm.

There is a general shortage of building materials. Would that affect their ability to do repairs?

#7 BRG

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 10:37

That photo is actually taken at the southern entrance to the circuit by a tunnel at Blanchimont.  It is where the access road crosses the Eau Rouge stream.  It would be nuisance but hardly more than that.  Certainly nothing to affect the use of the track.  Unless there is other damage, of course.  A few weeks ago, there was a torrent running down the track past the old pits towards Eau Rouge.  Not sure if that caused more than minor damage?



#8 danmills

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 11:35

There is definitely a massive shortage in building materials generally right now, I work with a massive multinational company that is currently in panic mode about ordering supplies in for products not due to start on site until next year.

#9 Pete_f1

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 11:44

I saw some video on Twitter a week or so back and it like a tsunami heading down to Eau Rouge

#10 danmills

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 11:52

https://youtu.be/r7kZfn3j5-8

#11 baddog

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 11:57

Pah in the good old days they would have raced in that ;)



#12 NoForumForOldPole

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 11:57

Zolder doubleheader then



#13 ArnageWRC

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 12:16

Forget the F1, what about the WRC Ypres event? 



#14 ANF

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 12:20

AFP video from yesterday of Spa (the city):



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Posted 15 July 2021 - 12:20

Forget the F1, what about the WRC Ypres event? 

Ypres is on the other (not affected) side of the country



#16 Dolph

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 12:22

 

 

I'd like seats in the river section. You get a much longer look at the cars when they float on the river until they hit asphalt again and go up to Radillon. I heared Williams equipped their cars with a propeller and a rudder, so they are my picks for the win.  :p



#17 levi1700

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 12:46

Catastrophic, people drowning, homes collapsing, very severe situation in the Ardennes.
https://twitter.com/...2973668353?s=21

#18 Sebastien007

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 13:15

The track itself has not been impacted but its bordering areas do not allow us to ensure that the trackday planned today can go ahead in the safe conditions necessary for motorsport activities:

 

https://www.spa-fran...a-francorchamps



#19 sportyskells

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 13:26

There a bit of time before the grand prix on the bank holiday weekend

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#20 Dolph

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 14:48

There's 6 weeks until the GP. I think the GP will be fine.



#21 PlatenGlass

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 16:09

The king of Begia will not be happy.



#22 taz

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 16:36

The king of Begia will not be happy.

The people of Begia and the Netherands wouldn't like it too



#23 Dolph

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 16:37

The people of Begia and the Netherands wouldn't like it too

 

Hey, leave the Netherands out of this!



#24 Alan Lewis

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 17:32

The people of Begia and the Netherands wouldn't like it too


Luxoberg is quite ambivalent on the idea.

#25 pdac

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 17:46

There's 6 weeks until the GP. I think the GP will be fine.

 

The only reason I wouldn't whole hardheartedly concur is that I said exactly the same when people were commenting on what subsequently became the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of the 2020 season. Yes, there's plenty of time to sort things out. Equally, though, there's plenty of time for more, worse, weather to hit the same regions.



#26 Dolph

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 18:07

Luxoberg is quite ambivalent on the idea.

 

Now you are just naming the third Beneux country for the sake of it.



#27 Dolph

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 18:11

The only reason I wouldn't whole hardheartedly concur is that I said exactly the same when people were commenting on what subsequently became the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of the 2020 season. Yes, there's plenty of time to sort things out. Equally, though, there's plenty of time for more, worse, weather to hit the same regions.

 

 

Well, yeah, I was the "crazy person" at work in February 2020 who kept talking about this virus in China and how we'll all be affected by it. So I can say the flood will end.


Edited by Dolph, 15 July 2021 - 18:11.


#28 Zoe

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 18:29

Luxoberg is quite ambivalent on the idea.

And no one asked the people of Littlestein?



#29 NixxxoN

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 18:35

Belgian GP is 1 and a half months away.

 

No problem. Well, there is a problem but it should be solved by then


Edited by NixxxoN, 15 July 2021 - 18:36.


#30 BRG

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 19:02

Forget the F1, what about the WRC Ypres event? 

As if rally crews would be worried about a bit of water and mud!  It's always like that in Flanders!

 

Or should that be Fanders?



#31 jimjimjeroo

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 21:42

Ah man

Can a mod sort my horrendous spelling please

#32 Bloggsworth

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 21:51

Eau Rouge is more eau brun... It looks doubtful, a serious amount of work would be needed.



#33 SenorSjon

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 21:55

Looks like a regular Belgian road. Even the pieces are in roughly the same place.



#34 Cliff

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 22:13

With the amount of water still going through that area tonight I think it would be amazing if it doesn't get damaged beyond repairable before the GP.



#35 BiggestBuddyLazierFan

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 08:35

Well, yeah, I was the "crazy person" at work in February 2020 who kept talking about this virus in China and how we'll all be affected by it. So I can say the flood will end.


You just got lucky this one time.

I can bet it wasnt the first time you preached doomsday

#36 levi1700

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 11:10

Looks promising:
https://twitter.com/...1545147396?s=21

#37 Henri Greuter

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 13:21

Ypres is on the other (not affected) side of the country

 

 

I think the 24 hour in 2 weeks time will be more in jeopardy......



#38 Stephane

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 13:37

The kart track is closed for the next 4weeks at least

#39 Ev0d3vil

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 14:31

Beagian GP, very good name !



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#40 B38

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 16:22

The people of Begia and the Netherands wouldn't like it too

What has this to do with Beijing, I am so confused ... :confused:



#41 RainyAfterlifeDaylight

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 16:31

Surely Be(L)gian name is at risk!  :D



#42 jimjimjeroo

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 18:03

I know!! Gutted asked mods to correct it lol

#43 Hrco42

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 20:13

I sincerely hope that when the time comes, the person opening the threads will name them 2021 Begian GP build up and 2021 Begian GP race day :)

#44 Dolph

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 00:01

You just got lucky this one time.

I can bet it wasnt the first time you preached doomsday

 

You'd lose that bet.

 

I can bet you looked at reports of 170 million people in China sitting at home in quarantine at end of January and thought "This will blow over, there's no way anyone else will be affected. Even if one person with the virus gets past the quarantine it will be all taken care by god or magic and we will still be sitting dandy" 


Edited by Dolph, 17 July 2021 - 00:08.


#45 loki

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 07:30

Looks like the Begian GP was doomed…



#46 JimmyClark

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 10:16

I sincerely hope that when the time comes, the person opening the threads will name them 2021 Begian GP build up and 2021 Begian GP race day :)


I hear Ross Brown is personally sponsoring it.


Though in all seriousness, the news from that part of Europe is utterly horrific. I hope no forumers have been caught up in it.

#47 FLB

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 14:15

There's enough damage that Toyota is thinking about moving its pre-Le Mans test elsewhere:

 

Monza Friday Notebook – Sportscar365



#48 William Hunt

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Posted 17 July 2021 - 18:24

A lot of people are missing (many are still not found) or died, not just in the Walloon area of Belgium, also in west of Germany (already 133 dead people counted there) and the south-east of the Netherlands, truly a disaster... There are also houses that collapsed, the human price that was paid was high.


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#49 Pete_f1

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Posted 18 July 2021 - 11:00

Biblical.

I hear so e of the track has been lifted on the run down to Eau Rouge. I'm hoping that there is little damage to the stuff under the track so that it can be fixed.

#50 FLB

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Posted 23 July 2021 - 15:59

Spa paddock repairs progressing nicely:

 

Spa Paddock Repairs Underway | dailysportscar.com