Belgian Grand Prix official admits contract renewal talks ‘not easy’: PlanetF1

Talks over a new contract for the Belgian Grand Prix are proving tricky, a Spa-Francorchamps official has admitted.

A very popular race with fans and drivers, the Belgian GP featured on the very first Formula 1 World Championship calendar in 1950.

It was at its current home of Spa-Francorchamps and since then there have only been six years that it has not been held – none of those consecutively – with its other host venues having been Zolder and Nivelles.

But the race would be in serious danger of being pushed off the calendar, due to the clamor for a grand prix in various other places around the world.

All eyes are on Spa as porpoising and the TD flexi-floor arrive

As F1 prepares to return, a new technical directive could have a major impact on the first race back.

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has said he wants the 2023 calendar to include 24 races and in addition to this season’s 22, space must also be found for Qatar, Las Vegas and potentially also China and South Africa.

If either or both of these last two countries were to be visited next year, it would mean that one or two of this year’s hosts would have to give way – France, Belgium and Monaco. being the most threatened.

Discussions are ongoing with Belgian Grand Prix officials over a potential new deal. It is one of three venues whose contract expires in 2022 along with the other two in Europe mentioned above, while Mexico is next on the danger list with a deal expiring after 2023.

“We are in discussions with the promoter of F1, Formula 1, and these discussions are not easy,” said Vanessa Maes, managing director of Spa Grand Prix, as quoted by hln.be.

“The constant rumors don’t make things any easier. Sometimes I read that we will stay, other times that we should have no illusions and other times that we are in between.

“I do not participate in these speculations. I am convinced that Formula 1 has a real appetite for the future with a Grand Prix in Belgium and more precisely in Spa.

“Also, in the political world, all forces are mobilized to keep Spa-Francorchamps on the F1 calendar. It only makes sense given the incredible history and legendary aura of this race.

Last year’s race turned out to be a failure after a rainy weekend, called off without a single lap of the race completed – although there was still a podium ceremony with half points awarded as Max Verstappen was hailed as the winner of Red Bull ahead george russell in a Williams.

Still, although fans have been critical of how they’ve been treated regarding refunds, ticket sales have been as fast and furious as the action will be on track.

The event sold out in three days, with 100,000 spectators expected each day.

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