F1 » Spa not guaranteed calendar spot, admits Todt

The Belgian Grand Prix cannot be guaranteed a place on the F1 schedule while it faces political and financial pressures, admits FIA president Jean Todt.

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October 25, 2010 10:36 AM
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This is a joke yeah?
Why the **** would they consider taking Spa-Francorchamps off the calendar, a race that always produces amazing racing, has brought its facilities up to above average and is considered the best driving challenges on the calendar to make way for the likes of Valencia, Korea or India! This is the biggest joke that i have heard from F1 in years! What Bernie & the gang are now basically saying is that history means nothing in F1 & trying to break into new pointless markets is more important.So we should expect a calendar soon with no Spa, no Monza, no Monaco, no Silverstone, no Interlagos & no Hockenhiem / Nurnberg. Im sorry but filling the schedule with generic Tilke circuits is a waste. The cars are no longer the problem in F1,its the circuits & none of the new circuits delivery any decent racing apart from Speang & China.The reason these circuits are classics are because they have stood the test of time and always produce quality racing.

Kowalski +

October 25, 2010 10:58 AM

There is not alot F1 can do about political & financial pressure. Bribing officials (see smoking advertising ban in the UK) only works for so long.

F1 cannot afford to lose it, one of the few tracks that provides any excitement.

Stuart - Unregistered

October 25, 2010 12:48 PM

Yeah, let's drop a fantastic circuit that everbody loves and gives amazing racing and replace it with another dull, faceless, mass-produced, anti-clockwise Hermann Tilke creation.

That's a great idea.

aeaventures - Unregistered

October 25, 2010 2:00 PM

Gentleman I live near to Spa and make my living partially from the circuit activities, there is a much bigger problem concerning the inability of the Belgians to form a working government, the north has the cash and wishes to throw away the south, the track is in the soouth and relies on big cash inputs to keep kind of upto date with the times, behind the scenes its a bloody disgrace. Fingers crossed the regions can make the sums add up or you can rest assured the rich north of the country(the Flemish) would die laughing to see the premier southern (the Walloones)based event collapse just adding fuel to their arguments that the south is finacially a dead end, this is very much a politicaly charged set of events.


October 25, 2010 4:07 PM

aeaventures - didn't the Flemish and the Walloones have a major disagreement some years past that was supposed to sort all this out? And I thought that sort of problem only exists in parts of the US. Silly me. Try and convince your Belgian bretheren to sort all this out and treat Spa as a national treasure.

As for M. Todt's comments - I would suggest that all the FIA bureaucrats, in Paris and elsewhere, find a way to ensure that Spa survives as an F1 venue. If they are unable to do this then they all resign due to gross incompetence.

I suspect that the machinations of Le Grande Spanker in the upcomming FIA assemblage have as their objective the destruction of the F1 circus, which we know and love, as part of Max's compulsion to avenge himself of his enemies. How's that for a conspiracy theory? :)

yeson19 - Unregistered

October 25, 2010 4:09 PM

I attended Spa this year and I could see what aeaventures says about the split between Flanders and Wallonia. Flanders has lots of factories and shipping and is really pretty much an extension of the Netherlands. Wallonia is mostly farms and looks and feels like France. Perhaps the south should secede from Belgium and join France, then Spa could be the French Grand Prix (make Jean Todt happy as well as the drivers and fans of F1). Also, isn't there a lingering court decision that rescinds the circuit's operating license for 17 years(!)? Wasn't it posrponed until March 2011 to allow the GP to run this year?

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