Belgian Grand Prix 'fighting for multi-year contract' with F1

The next Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix will undoubtedly be sold out. We should not experience the mobility problems encountered at the 6 Hours of Spa at the beginning of May. On the side of Spa GP, the Belgian promoter, we are increasing contacts so that F1 returns to Ardennes in 2026 and the following years.

Published on 09/07/2024 à 15:06

Dominique Dricot

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Belgian Grand Prix 'fighting for multi-year contract' with F1

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110 spectators, the maximum number set by the authorities, are expected to roam the Ardennes setting on each of the three days scheduled at the end of July to attend the Belgian representation of the Formula One Circus.

“There are fewer than 1500 places available, says Vanessa Maes, the boss of the Belgian event. They should leave in the next few days. For the first time in several years, the Dutch will not be in the majority with just under 20% of the public. We note a strong return of the English and the Germans but especially the French. Furthermore, there are more and more Belgian spectators, particularly from the north of the country. »

For those who fear experiencing the hell of traffic jams encountered during the 6 Hours of Spa, the Belgian round of WEC, the representatives of the federal police want to be reassuring. “Spectators at the recent 24 Hours of Spa noted that the construction site in the village of Francorchamps is not finished. However, it no longer hinders mobility as was the case in May. The roads will be functional. »

Spa-Francorchamps sets its conditions

Incidentally, ticket holders are reminded that they must purchase their parking via the internet. No tickets will be sold on site. And if you are still hesitant about going to the most beautiful circuit in the world, the confirmation of the arrival of Brad Pitt will perhaps end up convincing you. The Hollywood star has even reserved the boxes at the top of the endurance stands (where the technical inspection run by the RACB used to take place) to install some of the machines which will perhaps be used in the production of the film. F1 which will be released in theaters in June 2025

As for the local organizers, they are very optimistic. Thus, for the next Belgian Grand Prix, sunscreen will be distributed free of charge to spectators. Furthermore, Spa Grand Prix is ​​working to ensure the sustainability of the event.

“The 2025 calendar provides for F1 to visit us on July 27, confirms Vanessa Maes. In agreement with the political authorities, we are fighting to secure a multi-year contract without alternation from 2026. The fact that the previous political majority was renewed (the Ecolo party recorded a severe decline during the last legislative elections, Editor's note. ) should help us with this. Provided, however, that Liberty Media is reasonable in its financial requirements. Every year, the Walloon Region must put its hand in its pocket to make up for the deficit in the Grand Prix. This should not take on too large proportions. »

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Yves-Henri RANDIER

09/07/2024 at 04:35 a.m.

Support for the Belgian organizers so that Spa remains on the calendar in 2026 and beyond... but can Liberty Media "be satisfied" with a gauge set at 110.000 spectators where our English friends welcome more than 164.000 fans for the race, that new destinations like Miami are close to 275.000 fans, not to mention Melbourne which manages to attract 450.000 spectators?

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