Mosley doubts further races at Spa

Max Mosley thinks it's unlikely the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium will be hosting a Grand Prix again. Spa has only provisional status on next year's calendar due to the new anti-tobacco laws Belgium is introducing, which interferes with the...

Max Mosley thinks it's unlikely the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium will be hosting a Grand Prix again. Spa has only provisional status on next year's calendar due to the new anti-tobacco laws Belgium is introducing, which interferes with the team's tobacco sponsorship. All European races will be subject to EU tobacco legislation from 2006 but Mosley is not happy that Belgium are 'doing their own thing'.

"It's absolutely essential that all countries who currently host grands prix adhere to the October 1 '06 deadline," he told F1 Racing. "You can't have one country doing its own thing, and it's annoying that the Belgians are talking of doing exactly this."

"If they do what they say they are going to do then it's very difficult to see how we'd be able to hold a grand prix there. They will probably cite Britain and France as a defence, but that wouldn't really hold water because there's been a voluntary agreement and a ban in Britain and France since the '70s, long before we decided on October 1 '06 as the cut-off date. So, yes, I doubt very much that we'll be running a grand prix at Spa again."

The possible loss of Spa will be a sad thing for fans and drivers alike as the circuit is considered one of the best tracks on the calendar. The FIA are unlikely to back down on its decision as there are many countries outside Europe which are looking to be included in F1's future.

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