No hope for Spa reinstatement

Any hopes that Spa-Francorchamps could be reinstated to the 2003 Formula One calendar have been negated by the Belgian government ratifying the no exemptions ban on tobacco advertising. It had been hoped that the Belgian Grand Prix would manage to...

Any hopes that Spa-Francorchamps could be reinstated to the 2003 Formula One calendar have been negated by the Belgian government ratifying the no exemptions ban on tobacco advertising. It had been hoped that the Belgian Grand Prix would manage to get round the advertising ban after F1 teams refused to change tobacco sponsorship logos on their liveries.

However, the government rejected a proposal to defer the ban of tobacco advertising on sporting events. The 2003 calendar only has sixteen races since Spa was dropped; there will be a three week break between the German GP on August 3rd and the Hungarian GP on the 24th.

Also this week the European Court of Justice ruled that cigarettes may no longer be branded as "mild" or "light" by manufacturers. The ruling comes into force in October 2003 and will effect Renault, who's main sponsor is Japan Tobacco. Renault's cars carry the "Mild Seven" logo, which Japan Tobacco manufacture, and have done since Benetton became associated with Mild Seven in 1994. Japan Tobacco is unhappy about the new ruling and is considering an appeal to the decision.

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