Though the present take care of the venue ends this yr, and it doesn’t have a spot on the yet-to-be-published 24-race schedule for subsequent season, Spa is in impact first reserve – pending information on different occasions.
The Chinese language GP is meant to be returning in 2023 after an absence of three seasons, however COVID measures stay a serious situation within the nation, and particularly within the Shanghai space the place the race is held, making it laborious for F1 to totally decide to staging the occasion.
F1 additionally hopes to return to South Africa as early as 2023 after three a long time away, however the industrial deal for the Kyalami occasion has not but been agreed.
The uncertainty over each has opened the door for Spa, however the Belgian promoter will nonetheless should provide you with a bundle that fits F1, even when it doesn’t match the charges paid by occasions outdoors Europe.
Domenicali stated that he couldn’t give too many particulars of the 2023 schedule, because it has but to be finalised, however he insisted that Spa nonetheless had an opportunity.
“As you may think about I can’t remark an excessive amount of on that, as a result of there’s respect of discussing and formalising by way of the World Motor Sport Council with the FIA,” he stated. “You by no means noticed one thing [from] me saying that Belgium would be the final yr.
“I might be prudent on that remark, I might say, I might be very prudent. That is the one factor I might say. It is true that we’re working and discussing with different promoters to see in the event that they’re prepared for a full dedication already.
“There was at all times some extent that we’ve mentioned to seek out the combination of the races the place we will have at the very least one-third in Europe, one third within the Far East space, and the opposite one within the Americas and Center East. So we wish to be balanced.
“After all, we’re speaking a few enterprise the place funding, the monetary contribution, is essential, however we’ve at all times stated that the standard races, the races that we all know they can not carry the cash that the others are bringing, have a full respect from us.
“So you will note that this will likely be revered additionally, not solely this yr, but additionally sooner or later. With Belgium, discussions are nonetheless on.”
Eau rouge overview
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He added: “There’s a whole lot of respect for these locations. However for those who recall, Belgium, there have been some durations the place it was not within the calendar, and so they got here again once more. The reminiscence generally is brief. It is an ideal place, little doubt about it. And that is why we’re discussing.
“What I can say is that we’re in Spa this weekend. So you will note them [the promoters] a whole lot of instances in my workplace.”
Domenicali prompt that the circuit has raised its sport this yr, partly in response to the rained-out 2021 race that left spectators annoyed.
“I’ve to say they’re ready this weekend in an unbelievable means,” he stated. “On Thursday there will likely be a special occasion with drivers, that will likely be with the followers. We’ve got opened that to get well what has occurred final yr, that they did one thing essential.
“And in addition when it comes to visitors plan they’ve offered to us a really attention-grabbing proposition. I feel that we have seen them in a really, very totally different strategy this yr.
“That may be very, very, very helpful to know, and essential above all for the those that will likely be in all places in Spa this weekend.”
French Grand Prix followers in a grandstand
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Wanting additional forward than 2023, Domenicali prompt that France might return to the calendar, having beforehand talked about Good as a attainable venue for a avenue race.
He stated: “We’re speaking with the French Federation, and with the federal government, as a result of an increasing number of the longer term additionally is said to promoters that see that as funding for the nation, for the group.
“So the discussions are very, very open for an ideal future. And as you already know, a risk not subsequent yr however sooner or later may very well be additionally to discover a kind of rotational proposition that might allow everybody to be a part of the calendar. As a result of I feel it is a matter of respect.”
The approaching bulletins of Audi and Porsche F1 programmes commencing in 2026 has additionally stoked curiosity in a return of the German GP, however Domenicali harassed that the industrial phrases should be proper.
“We actually hope that Germany might be again across the desk,” he stated. “However one factor is to say is we might prefer to have the [German] Grand Prix. The opposite factor is to placed on the desk the issues which can be wanted to debate concerning the Grand Prix.
“So hopefully quickly – with one thing that might occur quickly – they are going to have a unique scenario to debate with us.”
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