If you ask any of the formula 1 Fans who speak so passionately about the sport, you would unanimously answer that one of their favorite circuits is the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. With 19 spectacular corners on its 7.8km circuit, Spa is highly regarded by all F1 drivers as one of the most entertaining circuits on the Formula 1 calendar.
But the Spa-Francorchamps circuit may not feature on the F1 calendar next year as there are no firm reports of the circuit hosting a Grand Prix in 2023. In order to host a race, the circuit owners at Spa have to sign an expensive deal with the circuit’s Formula One Management (FOM) and there are wealthier bidders willing to jump at the opportunity to host a race at their circuits.
So it may well be that Spa will not feature on the F1 calendar after this season due to the financial problems. Some key paddock officials have already expressed concerns that the removal of historic circuits like Spa could tarnish the sport’s identity and hurt its popularity.
“There’s a lot of history” : Daniel Ricciardo likes to talk about races at Spa-Francorchamps
In 1925, in almost a hundred years, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit was the scene of the first Belgian Grand Prix. It has featured on the F1 calendar every year since, with the exception of 2003 and 2006. With such an enriching history, Spa happens to be drivers’ favorite circuit.
Reacting to the news that the paddock might not move to Spa next season, former F1 world champion Max Verstappen said he wanted “-Make sure we still visit the right tracks, not just street courses.“Considering the incredible racing experience at Spa, Max’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez said he feels some of the newer circuits.”lacks some character“.
McLaren recruit Daniel Ricciardo reacted to this news rather emotionally. The Australian said: “Whether it’s your Monzas or your Spas or your Silverstones, these are the tracks we’ve ridden our entire lives.”
“So there’s a lot of history too, but it’s also kind of nostalgic and sentimental to be racing there and continuing to compete there.”
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