Heart-Breaking Announcement Awaits Fans as Historic Racing Circuit Falls to the Brink of F1 Exit

Published 06/22/2022, 5:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

What will happen to the Spa F1 circuit? The Belgian GP is one of the most renowned and historic races in the history of F1. However, with lesser cash and lesser business, many of these historic circuits are under threat of being removed. Monaco, and now even Spa, might be struck off soon if they reach no agreement.

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With F1’s increasing popularity over the past few years, many new countries have entered the calendar. Plus, with the return of GPs like Australia, Singapore, and Canada after COVID restrictions, things are looking tighter. With a maximum of 24 races allowed on the calendar, where will Spa go?

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Only 8 out of the 24 races are going to be held in Europe next year. According to the latest news, Spa, Monaco, and Austria were under the line of fire for the last two slots. However, as Austria is the home ground for Red Bull Racing, it will stay on the calendar.

Reporter Jo Bossuyt revealed, “Negotiations with Monaco are ongoing, and the Red Bull Ring will remain on the calendar as it belongs to Red Bull. This means that eight European races have already been announced.” (translated via Google Translate)

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Given how things stand, it seems like Spa has already lost a spot. However, there might still be chances as even Monaco is on the verge of losing its position in F1. Apparently, the track is not really the best from a corporate point of view, with many other factors pushing FIA to consider its removal.

Spa-Francorchamps is on the verge of losing its F1 position

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Monaco’s crown racing jewel status in F1 might actually save it though, but can they still do something about Spa? Tracks like Miami, Singapore, etc. bring the sport a lot of money. In fact, they will hardly consider some of these for removal in the coming years. Moreover, countries like South Africa are being considered too.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 General view of the safety car as the start of the race is delayed due to bad weather REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

New American tracks have already been announced with Miami hosting its first GP this year and Las Vegas set to make its debut next season. Plus, F1 will also return to China with a race scheduled in Qatar too. And these circuits are creating immense buzz amidst the fan crowds.

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With Paul Ricard possibly already off the table, it seems like Spa will have to go too. But do you think this is the right decision?

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Khyati Yadav

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Khyati Yadav is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. She is a Hospitality Graduate and a huge fan of Lando Norris. She believes that F1 as a sport deserves a lot more attention and is intrigued by the process that goes behind the making of a car and the hard work that goes into the setting up of any Grand Prix.

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