Champions Surtees and Alonso compare notes on the magic of Spa
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Posted By: James Allen  |  22 Aug 2011   |  11:59 pm GMT  |  7 comments

John Surtees the 1964 world champion with Ferrari got together with the man who leads the Scuderia today, Fernando Alonso, to discuss the magic of Spa Francorchamps, venue for this weekend’s Shell Belgian Grand Prix.

It’s only a four minute edit, but you can tell from the questions they ask each other that this is an engaging meeting across the generations; Alonso asks Surtees about the sensitivity of slipstreaming in his day, for example and they discuss the challenge of the key corners on the track.

Surtees won the race for Ferrari in 1966, but Alonso has never won at Spa, his best result is second place in 2005.

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am I right to say Surtees is the only British champ of F1 as well as bikes? He should be mentioned more often amongst the greatest of all time imo.


The only champ of F1 and bikes of any nationality


Worth watching film of Surtees in a Ferrari at Spa in the rain in the movie Grand Prix – glad he’s still around to entertain – I loved the 60/70’s F1


Wonderful. Thanks. By the way there’s an interview with Surtess by Peter Windsor the other day too. 8/20.


I enjoyed that.

Cars like the one Surtees drove — and particularly the Lotus 49 — first got me interested in the sport; though in those days the most you ever saw of F1 was an occasional news reel at the cinema or ten minutes of film, perhaps a week late, in the middle of four hours of football and horse racing on Grandstand on a Saturday afternoon. John Surtees must envy the exposure that a driver like Alonso now gets.

And I always thought the name ‘Surtees’ — like ‘Fangio’ and ‘Brabham’ — somehow sounded intrinsically fast, powerful and intimidating! The current batch of names don’t seem quite as awesome — I mean, ‘Vettel’, ‘Hamilton’,’Shoe maker’ and ‘Button’ don’t have quite the same ring!


If you ask me, Spa is now little tiny bit overrated for ever since the track modifications there simply are no challenges anymore.

OMG!!! That track is so huge that it’s just a case of slip streaming the car ahead so dry races tend not to be so good, 2009 being an example.

In my opinion why Spa is magical is simply because of location, location, location.

Since the track is situated up in the mountains, the weather always spices it up for I also remember the majority of the 2008 race was a fore gone conclusion until Spa decides to pull it’s magic card


Spa is magical for a bunch of reasons. The racing and the atmosphere there are the best of the season.

Which track produces better races than Spa?

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