Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has added his voice to those desperate to keep F1's classic tracks from being usurped by newer, sanitised, venues.

With Monza's future hanging in the balance, despite the recent appointment of former Ferrari pilot Ivan Capelli to its management team, there is a feeling that money will eventually trump tradition and this weekend's trip to Spa-Francorchamps - another circuit once under threat of disappearing - naturally prompted questions about the need to keep history on the calendar.

"In my opinion, it is vital [for F1 to race at circuits like Spa]," Gastaldi claimed, "These tracks are the lifeblood of F1. There wouldn't be a tennis season without Wimbledon or a golf season without the Masters at Augusta. These circuits need to be maintained in F1 because the fans identify with them so much and they nearly always create excitement.

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"I think we have a good balance of tracks in F1. Some traditional like Spa, Silverstone and Monza, some great street circuits like Monaco and Singapore and then newer F1 markets like Russia, the Middle East and the US. F1 should be about variety in every context while at the same time being relevant to partners, fans and teams alike."

Spa is, of course, a regular inclusion on the list of drivers' favourite circuits, and Gastaldi confirms that it is the switchback layout that makes venue so special.

"The atmosphere is unique as well, but ultimately Spa is all about the challenge that it presents to the drivers," he noted, "Just watching them attack the classic corners like Eau Rouge and Pouhon is a thrill.

"It must be amazing to drive this rollercoaster in the forest; it is like the track reflects the ups and downs of everything in F1."

The F1 circus heads to Monza two weeks after the Belgian Grand Prix, for the final European round of the 2014 campaign.