• Belgian Grand Prix

Spa future remains uncertain

ESPNF1 Staff
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The famous Spa Francorchamps venue is in danger of losing its place on the F1 calendar © Getty Images

The future of the Belgian Grand Prix at the famous Spa Francorchamps circuit remains uncertain after this year's race fell more than 10,000 tickets short of its spectator target.

An estimated 52,500 spectators attended last Sunday's dramatic race, well short of the figure of 65,000 that organisers had hoped for in order to "achieve a balanced financial position".

With new grands prix on the calendar offering much higher annual promotional fees, organisers have expressed concern about seeing the event's local government funding reduced when the current contract expires in 2012.

"It doesn't mean we intend to end the contract. But at the time of negotiation, it [the finances] will be borne in mind," local budget minister Andre Antoine told the AFP news agency in a French language report.

One possible solution to the continued running of the historic race could be for Spa Francorchamps to alternate with another European circuit and run the race every other year.

"We are playing with the idea. That is the current situation, even if we are not quite at that stage," Spa president Etienne Davignon told hln.be.

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