Spa renewed for a year, but wants a “long-term” contract
The Belgian event has ensured its presence on the 2023 calendar
Vanessa Maes is looking at the long term, but will proceed “step by step”
The Belgian Grand Prix, after having renewed its “alliance” with Formula 1 for next season, wants to ensure its continuity with a “long-term” contract.
It was just before the start of last Sunday’s race that it was announced what almost everyone in the paddock was asking for: the continuity of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in F1.
It had been a few months full of rumours, with Belgium and France in the eye of the storm, but the Belgian route has confirmed its renewal… at least for next season.
It’s a one-year renewal, and that means Spa-Francorchamps could be in the same situation in 2023. But the Grand Prix organization doesn’t want to be ‘taken by the bull’, and they’re already looking for a deal term with the Grand Cirque.
“We will proceed step by step. The contract is confirmed for 2023, but we are also looking at the long term,” said Belgian GP promoter Vanessa Maes, according to the Sporza news agency.
“It was very difficult to get this contract for 2023, because the places are expensive. But races that are at the end of the contract, we are the first to re-sign”, he added.
As for the Grand Prix which took place last weekend, Maes considers it a success and even received congratulations from Stefano Domenicali.
“Everyone was happy, from the spectators to the Formula 1 management and all the stakeholders. We received the congratulations from Stefano Domenicali.”
“Although I’m a pretty private person, I think I can say we had a very good GP. According to some it was one of the best, if not the best in years. I want to thank everyone involved , because we wanted to show what we were capable of”, expressed Maes to conclude.
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