Brussels: The Belgian Grand Prix on the iconic Spa-Francorchamps monitor will stay on the Components 1 calendar till 2025 following a one-year extension.
It’s one of many seven circuits from the inaugural world championship in 1950. The 7-kilometer (4.3-mile) circuit nestled within the Ardennes forest can be F1′s longest and has hosted 56 Grands Prix.
“Spa is synonymous with Formula 1 having been one of the circuits in our first ever season and is much-loved by fans and drivers alike, so I am delighted to extend our relationship with them until 2025,” Stefano Domenicali, president and CEO of Components 1, stated Friday.
Considerations have sometimes been raised concerning the monitor’s security document. Dutch teenager Dilano Van ’t Hoff died after a crash at Spa-Francorchamps in a rain-hit Components Regional European Championship race in July. The circuit is the place French driver Anthoine Hubert was killed following a multi-car crash throughout a Components Two race on the Belgium GP in 2019.
This yr’s Belgian GP noticed an attendance of 380,000 individuals, a rise of 20,000 over the 2022 version of the occasion. The race additionally stays a agency favourite amongst drivers, with world champion Max Verstappen calling it his favourite monitor in F1. Verstappen gained this yr’s race.
“The promoter has taken big strides in the last few years to improve the fan experience and infrastructure, and work is ongoing between all the stakeholders with a clear focus on delivering safe and exciting racing,” Domenicali stated. “I would like to thank the promoter and the Government of Wallonia for their continued support.”
Willy Borsus, the vice chairman and minister for the economic system of Wallonia, the French-speaking area the place Spa is positioned, stated the race made monetary sense.
“According to a study carried out in 2021, the Grand Prix generates positive spin-offs of €41.8 million ($44 million) for our region, after deduction of public funding, which is steadily decreasing,” he stated. “These figures constitute a solid indication of the financial impact, and the positive outlook means that we can expect even more positive results this year.”