BA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 14 Posted (9 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1630 times:
This is a shame!
The Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps has been dropped from the 2006 Formula 1 calendar, the FIA has confirmed.
Circuit officials were unable to meet the governing body's requirements for a major upgrade of pit and paddock facilities in time for this year's race, scheduled for September 17.
The FIA said in a statement: "The Belgian national sporting authority, the RACB, has written to notify the FIA of the withdrawal of the 2006 Belgian Grand Prix from the FIA Formula 1 world championship.
"The withdrawal has been made in order to allow the completion of extensive improvement work to facilities at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
"The FIA hopes that the event will be included once again in the Formula 1 world championship calendar from 2007 onwards."
Spa's future has been in doubt since the race promoter Didier Defourney Grand Prix went bankrupt last year.
The regional Walloon government balked at Bernie Ecclestone's insistence that it was legally obliged to pick up the tab for the event (which has been loss-making in recent years) until 2010.
Reports over the Christmas period suggested Ecclestone was prepared to compromise and was close to agreeing a new three-year deal to safeguard the race.
But a fortnight ago a local politician told the Belgian media that he had been notified by Ecclestone's office that this year's race would not go ahead – a claim dismissed by the FIA at the time.
Despite the prospect of its returning to the calendar in 2007, the loss of F1's most majestic circuit from this season's schedule will be keenly felt by F1 fans, who routinely name Spa among their favourite venues.
I agree with you to a certain level (Bahrein, China, Malaysia... are really annoying to watch), but when you look a the new istanbul circuit you'll find that this is a fine addition to the championship.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1549 times:
It is a shame that a classic and great F1 venue and a place with a long history of car racing in Europe is losing out to tracks in the Middle East and Asia. I guess the anti-tobacco advertising bans in the EC (and elsewhere) are really taking their toll on some tracks who needed their ads to pay for their operations.
Well, Istanbul and Bahrain are interesting, especially Bahrain because of the location, but I simply don't like Malaysia and China (start/finish line in Shanghai looks so ugly) and Malaysia is so annoyingly perfect (wide and safe without much fun).
BA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1446 times:
Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 9): To be honest im glad they dropped it in a way because i hated the track, It looked awful and to me just wasnt interesting enough.
What?!? How can you say that - it is one of the best circuits ever. Its like Monaco, F1 would not be the same without it. Eau Rouge is FANTASTIC!
Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 5): Anyway, at least I can still watch Melbourne, Monte Carlo, Monza, Imola
Quite so. A big question over Monza and San Marino's future. I have just shelled out 400eur for my San Marino GP ticket just incase its dropped in the near future - I have always wanted to go. Great circuit with a lot of history.
I am also really toying with the idea of getting a GA ticket for Monaco too.
And when Burti had his serious accident there - I remember a driver (Irvine was it? who was also partly to blame for the incident) stopping and getting out to help the marshals - thats how it should be.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1434 times:
The reason I remember Spa is that some 20+ years ago there, an young and coming driver caught my eye for the first time as I was watching on TV. It was his first full F1 season, and he was EXCITING to watch. It was pouring rain at Spa that day, and he drove like mad, always at the limits of control. At one point, I remember he actually spun off the track, doing a couple of 360's in the mud as he tried to get back onto the track, which he managed to do. He once again drove like a madman, caught up his lost time, and won the race.
Seeing him, I said to myself that this young guy was going to be one of the greatest drivers ever, if not THE greatest. His name was Ayrton Senna.
KCMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1419 times:
I dont think its being completely done with. It seems that it is called off just this year for renovations of some sort. I will miss Spa this season but looking forward to seeing the Belgian Grand Prix in 2007.
VH-KCT* From Australia, joined May 2001, 479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1389 times:
Such a shame, Spa's far and away the best driver's circuit on the calendar.
"It is without doubt the best circuit in the world. The kind of atmosphere you get at Spa is something akin to the old Nurburgring. It is the only place which still has this quality and atmosphere. Eau Rouge is really the most tremendous corner. It is like flying downhill and seeing a big mountain in front of you. You get the feeling that you are driving into the road and then you go up and it is a sensation which is probably the best you can experience and the most satisfaction you can have as a racing driver." -MS