The Belgian GP is among the most beloved races on the F1 calendar, with the enduring Spa circuit holding a particular place within the hearts of followers.
Regardless of this beneficial standing, Spa’s future in Method 1 stays unclear.
Earlier within the yr, a number of studies raised alarm bells in regards to the Belgian GP’s place, as no extension of the circuit’s contract was introduced going into the summer time break.
Hypothesis continued about Spa’s future in Method 1, with some retailers suggesting the enduring venue’s time on the calendar was restricted.
This panic was – considerably – nullified when a one-year extension to the Belgian GP’s contract was introduced in late August. Nevertheless, this does little to guard the venue’s long-term future in F1.
If something, the choice to solely award Belgium a one-year deal serves as additional proof that Spa could possibly be misplaced from the calendar.
Nothing is definitive or inevitable in regards to the Belgian GP’s future, however all indications recommend that Stefano Domenicali has extra modifications deliberate for the F1 calendar.
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The F1 CEO has already spoken extensively about eager to broaden the calendar into totally different areas of the glove.
A complete of eight races in Europe is extensively agreed as Domenicali’s desire, two lower than the ten European races at the moment on subsequent yr’s schedule.
No last-minute modifications for subsequent yr’s calendar ought to be anticipated, however Spa’s place for 2024 seems more and more precarious.
With Monaco saying a multi-year deal to proceed in Method 1, the Belgian GP is the one occasion with an expiring contract for subsequent season.
Some have instructed that F1 would not dare take away such an iconic venue from the schedule, however the nature of Spa’s current contract is sort of telling.
Domenicali has already expressed his curiosity in including South Africa to the calendar, and has just lately held talks with the Colombian metropolis of Barranquilla concerning a future calendar slot.
These developments spotlight the F1 CEO’s intentions to broaden the calendar, making it more and more believable that this enlargement will come at Spa’s expense.
It has been instructed that Spa might function in Method 1 on a “rotational” foundation, forming a part of the calendar while dropping its everlasting slot.
This concept is speculative, however there isn’t any denying the grim outlook for the Belgian GP’s future.