Spa-Francorchamps Officials Prepared to Go the 'American Way' in Effort to Keep F1 Race – autoweek.com

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Contract for Formula 1 race in Belgium ends in August.
Spa-Francorchamps promoter Stijn de Boever says that the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix needs to adopt “the American way” if it wants to stay on the F1 schedule.

It is becoming clearer that the iconic circuit could be left without a place on the 24-race schedule for 2023, as F1’s owner Liberty Media taps new events including Miami and Las Vegas. Spa’s current Belgian GP race deal expires after the 2022 race on August 28.

“It is true that there was a request from F1 to introduce a greater component of entertainment,” de Boever, is quoted by Italy’s Autosprint. “They said that history is something great but we need more. We decided to listen to them and follow them in the new way of offering Formula events.

“This American way, with all of the entertainment that this entails.”

The latest rumor is that if Spa cannot reach an ordinary race deal with Liberty, a compromise solution could be a non-championship round in which the F1 teams field young drivers instead of their regular lineups.


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