Despite reasonable crowd figures, this year’s Belgian Grand Prix has posted more losses, the country’s government has confirmed. The Spa-Francorchamps event – which is set to alternate with a race on French soil in the coming years – posted losses of over €5.5 million.
This year’s race saw some 45,000 fans flock to the Ardennes circuit – 5% fewer than the 2010 race – but revenue actually increased.
However, the event had to pay more outgoings which led to its losses this year, some €500,000 down on the year before. To break even, a further 20,000 spectators would need to attend the Grand Prix, according to calculations.
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