• Belgian Grand Prix

Spa future looking bleak

ESPNF1 Staff
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The future of the historic Belgian Grand Prix cannot be guaranteed, according to FIA President Jean Todt.

With the famous Spa-Francorchamps venue struggling with profits and the threat of more European races being scrapped for newer venues in the United States and Russia, the future looks bleak.

"The world and the economy is constantly changing," Todt told Flemish daily De Standaard. "So we have to be careful. In Belgium, the problem is less a sporting one, and more one of government.

"We hope the Belgian Grand Prix will be on the calendar for a long time, because it is a fantastic circuit. But when the money runs out, there is a problem."

Todt also told L'Equipe that he would like to see a French Grand Prix return to the calendar but that it would not happen any time soon.

"If you think France should have a grand prix, I think so too. But, unfortunately, not everything is in place to allow this. I am French but I am not responsible for putting a grand prix in France. It is about the country, the national federation, the promoter, and Bernie Ecclestone's FOM.

"When these things come together, the FIA - as legislator - has the responsibility to endorse the circuit. But we are not involved in the (other) process."