The Belgian Grand Prix will remain on the Formula 1 World Championship calendar until at least 2025 after F1 signed a new deal with the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
The historic event has lived a precarious life for several seasons now, signing only single-year extensions despite significant investment in infrastructure at Spa. But it will now remain on the F1 schedule for the next two years.
Spa remains a favourite for fans, the circuit is a legendary venue among a calendar increasingly filled with newer tracks. But the disastrous 2021 race – which was red flagged after two laps due to rain – and ageing infrastructure lead to concerns that F1 would ditch the race.
To counter this, the circuit has invested heavily over the last few years, replacing dilapidated grandstands with brand new facilities and improving the off-track experience for fans and teams alike. Max Verstappen’s continued success has also helped to keep crowds high, with his orange army travelling across the border to see their hero.
An attempt to improve safety at the circuit has also seen extra runoff added, specifically at Raidillon, although drivers have since called for more following the death of Dilano van t’Hoff in a Formula Regional race earlier this year.
Speaking of the news F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “Spa is synonymous with F1 having been one of the circuits in our first ever season and is much-loved by fans and drivers alike. So I am delighted to extend our relationship with them until 2025.
“The promoter has taken big strides in the last few years to improve the fan experience and infrastructure, and work is ongoing between all the stakeholders with a clear focus on delivering safe and exciting racing.
“I would like to thank the promoter and the Government of Wallonia for their continued support.”