F1 fans around the world will be rejoicing at today’s news that the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit will remain on the calendar until 2015 after a new three-year deal was negotiated with Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula On Management (FOM) group.
While we have reported a few months ago that the deal was all but confirmed, the event’s chief promoter, Etienne Davignon, has now made the official announcement that keeps the Belgian Grand Prix part of the F1 calendar.
There has been much activity over the course of the last year to save the event, which has – despite its popularity with F1 fans – struggled to attract enough racegoing fans to attend with ever-reducing financial support from the regional government.
One suggestion that was floated was to alternate the race on a bi-annual basis with a Grand Prix at Paul Ricard, which was being lined up to mark France’s return to the F1 calendar after its last Grand Prix in 2008. The deal is now dead in the water, leaving the organisers at France to go it alone, or find another country with which to alternate its race on the calendar.
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