Belgium Grand Prix’s future on calendar still open


The Belgian Grand Prix’s Formula One future after Sunday’s race is but to be determined however experiences of its demise could also be untimely, the game’s chief govt Stefano Domenicali indicated on Wednesday.

The 2023 calendar is because of be revealed in October and is about to function a file 24 races, with a query mark hanging over historic tracks equivalent to Belgium’s race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Germany has misplaced its grand prix and France might comply with, whereas even Monaco’s continuation because the showcase race has been the topic of hypothesis amid speak of alternation.

Asked throughout a video name with reporters on Wednesday in regards to the steadiness between races held in Europe and around the globe, and whether or not this 12 months might see the final Belgian Grand Prix, Domenicali replied: “I saw some comment [about] something on me saying that Belgium would be the last year. I would be prudent on that comment. Very prudent.”

Domenicali mentioned F1 wished a balanced mixture of a 3rd in Europe, a 3rd within the Far East and the others in America and Middle East, the game’s most profitable area.

“Of course, we are talking about a Business where investments, financial contributions are very important but we have always said that the traditional races, races that we know cannot bring the Money that the others are bringing, have a full respect from us,” he added.

“You will see that this will be respected also in the future. With Belgium, discussions are still on.

“We are in Spa this weekend so you will notice them [the local promoters] plenty of occasions in my workplace.”

Domenicali also indicated that Germany’s prospects of hosting a race again could be boosted if, as expected, Audi and Porsche join Mercedes on the starting grid.

The country, which hosted two races a year at the height of home hero Michael Schumacher’s dominance with Ferrari, last had a grand prix at Hockenheim in 2019.

“We actually hope that Germany may be again across the desk,” Domenicali said.

“But one factor is to say we wish to have the grand prix, the opposite factor is to place on the desk the issues which might be wanted to debate in regards to the grand prix.

“Hopefully soon, with something that could happen soon, they will have a different situation to discuss with us.”

Porsche and Audi are anticipated to announce entries to Formula One, after the game authorized new engine guidelines for 2026.

Domenicali went to South Africa in June to debate the potential of the nation’s Kyalami circuit returning to the F1 calendar in 2023, however the Italian mentioned these talks remained ongoing.

“We want to have a race in Africa and today the most likely place is South Africa,” he mentioned.

“What we are looking for are very solid and clear long-term commitments, because we cannot be there for one year and then game over.

“It’s a state of affairs that’s taking time. I feel we’re going to make clear this case within the subsequent days however for positive the dedication to be in Africa is one thing that we wish to take, however we wish to take it proper.”

He mentioned the 2024 calendar would look very totally different because of an early-season conflict with Ramadan, affecting the scheduling of the present opening Middle Eastern races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Australia is more likely to return then to the opening slot it beforehand held.

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