Spa legal action a waste of time says FIA

The FIA is pleased that the Verviers Court dismissed a legal action to reinstate the Belgian Grand Prix to the Formula One calendar. The event at Spa was dropped due to conflicts over tobacco advertising and there have been several attempts to ...

The FIA is pleased that the Verviers Court dismissed a legal action to reinstate the Belgian Grand Prix to the Formula One calendar. The event at Spa was dropped due to conflicts over tobacco advertising and there have been several attempts to revive it. However, the legal action was overturned and the FIA said it was a waste of time.

"The FIA welcomes the dismissal by the Verviers Court of a legal action seeking the reinstatement of the 2003 Belgian Grand Prix in the FIA Formula One World Championship," said a statement from F1's governing body.

"This classic event was omitted with the greatest reluctance only because the teams would have been prevented by reasons beyond the control of the FIA from fulfilling their sponsorship contracts and, as a result, unanimously refused to compete."

"To bring legal proceedings against the FIA in this matter is a complete waste of everyone's time and money. The FIA can put an event on the calendar, but to do so with no promoter and no competing teams would be futile."

"The last event to appear on the FIA Formula One World Championship calendar in the absence of a promoter's agreement with the teams was the 1981 Argentine Grand Prix: it did not take place. It had to be cancelled by the promoter himself."

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