Spa to return in 2004

Spa to return in 2004

While Canada is still getting to grips with the idea that its Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2004 Formula One calendar, it appears Spa-Francorchamps will return next season. The Belgian GP, like Canada, was withdrawn from F1 due to tobacco...

While Canada is still getting to grips with the idea that its Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2004 Formula One calendar, it appears Spa-Francorchamps will return next season. The Belgian GP, like Canada, was withdrawn from F1 due to tobacco advertising laws but the country's government has recently relaxed its stance on the bans.

Beautiful Spa-Francorchamps.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Wallonia minister Serge Kubla announced an end of August return for Spa in 2004: "Bernie Ecclestone will put the calendar proposal before the FIA tomorrow Tuesday (August 19). In the calendar the weekend of August 28 and 29, 2004, is reserved for the Belgian Grand Prix," he said.

"We're regaining our place in the calendar on the date which was ours in the past. The contract between Ecclestone and the Spa circuit runs until 2010 but it includes a get-out clause in the case of the banning of tobacco advertising."

Members of the Belgian parliament recently voted for the tobacco advertising bans to be postponed, in certain special cases, until the European ban comes into force in 2005. The matter of Spa's return is yet to be finalized by the FIA but with the change of heart on the ban, there seems no reason why Belgium won't be back on the calendar.

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Drivers Bernie Ecclestone