Time zone: BST +1 / CET
Spa-Francorchamps is 340 (547 km) miles from the McLaren Technology Centre.
There’s little difference in time between flying and taking the Eurostar. In 2016 the race team took the train from Ebbsfleet to Brussels; in 2017 the team is flying from London Heathrow to Brussels.
Biggest travel headache?
Hire cars. The mechanics fly straight to Monza on the Monday after the Belgian Grand Prix and the logistics of picking up hire cars in Brussels and dropping them off in Liege, where the charter flight to Milan will leave, need to be overcome.
There are 480 guesthouses in the villages surrounding Spa-Francorchamps. But there aren’t many big hotels.
Mussels (moules) and French fries, or simply fries and mayonnaise. If you don’t like fries, you could try a waffle or some local mineral water. Thanks to its plentiful springs, Spa is known as the café of Europe.
When in Rome…
You could relax with some hydrotherapy, or try out the local kart track, which is located within the confines of the circuit at Stavelot. If history is your thing, why not drive part of the old track, which was last used for a grand prix in 1970. The circuit is made up of public roads and includes iconic corners such as the Masta Kink.
Recent temperatures have hovered around 20 degrees and more of the same is expected over the grand prix weekend. Irrespective of temperatures, rain is always a possibility in this region of the Ardennes mountains.
Top tips from our local Hilton Concierge
Why not take a quick pitstop on your way to Spa? Your inside information on the city of Brussels, bought to you by our partner Hilton.
If you were to visit only one attraction where would it be?
The most imposing architecture can be found at the Grand Place in the heart of the city. The central square is lined with the guildhall, town hall and small boutique cafes. The area is also hosts the famous ‘Flower Carpet’ every two years. The Flower Carpet consists of millions of colourful begonias set up to form striking patterns for visitors to enjoy.
What is the must have souvenir to take away with you and where can you get it?
I recommend our local Belgian Beers from the Rue d’Arenberg area so you can take the taste of Brussels home with you!
What is your ‘hidden gem’ place not many people would know about?
The Café Via Via (St Catherine).
What national dish must be tried when in Belgium?
Choosing only one dish is impossible! Moules and frites, Carbonnade, Vol au Vert and Boulettes are popular national dishes.
Describe the Brussels in 3 words.
Caters all tastes.