Norris Blames One Major Factor If Spa Is Lost From The F1 Calendar – WTF1

Norris Blames One Major Factor If Spa Is Lost From The F1 Calendar

It’s sad to think that F1’s next visit to Spa-Francorchamps might be the last (for a little while anyway), and according to Lando Norris, only one thing is to blame…

Speaking to media, including The Race, after his seventh-place finish in Hungary, Norris reacted to the news of Spa being struck from next year’s calendar. 

“I’d be sad,” he said. “I guess a lot of things are just about money nowadays, which is the issue. It’s a business. It’s a shame.”

Before crashing out during Q3, Norris was a favourite to battle for his first pole position during F1’s rain-soaked visit to Spa in 2021 after topping the timesheets in Q2.

So it’s no surprise that the Brit wants the Belgian Grand Prix to stick around, even though pole position is probably just out of reach in this year’s McLaren. Norris has Belgian-British dual citizenship, so he’s also got another reason for wanting the iconic venue to stay!

“It’s a historic race for Formula One, same as Monaco,” Norris added. “From what I know they don’t even pay and it’s still on the calendar. Same with Monza and stuff. I feel like it should always be on for as long as Formula 1 is around.”

Spa was on the very first F1 World Championship calendar in 1950 but even after a dramatic circuit change for 1983, it’s still remained a favourite for the drivers and the fans.

With the equally historic Kyalami Grand Prix rumoured to replace it, it could be a while before the F1 money train runs through Belgium after 2022.

Do you agree with Lando? Should F1 continue to visit Spa or try out new circuits like Kyalami?

9 thoughts on “Norris Blames One Major Factor If Spa Is Lost From The F1 Calendar

  • Steven Bremer says:

    F12 needs to go back and look at the recent history of NASCAR abandoning historic tracks. In the short term they will gain new fans and money but those won’t last. The new fans will quickly tire and the old fans will be slow to return. If they do at all.

    • Off topic… but now im imagining ‘F12’ 🤣.
      The very first step on the ladder to F1! Watch the worlds fastest toddlers compete in bespoke open wheels cars by Pow’R’Wheels!

  • F1 is trading one of its crowjewels for a touch of plastering gold… in my opinion there are five races that always should be on the calendar. Silverstone, Spa, Sazuka, Monza and Monaco. It isn’t a shame it’s perverse…

  • Let go Miami and Vegas instead. Have South Africa and one of the German tracks and get rid of maybe France and Imola.

  • Its not just Money, its DOLLARS.
    And thats the silly bit.
    As an ‘American’ (Sorry, the rest of both continents. We know), I can say that though the ol’ US of A may be an important market, we dont need 3 races here at the cost of great race tracks.
    ITS A WORLD SPORT. It should be held on the best tracks in the world for racing, and preferably to include at least one track on the African continent.
    Because one thing I can assure you that nearly ALL ‘Muricans have is a TELEVISION.
    Live motorsport is awesome, but that goes for the whole world.
    If F1 doesnt keep that mind set, it risks becoming the “Oil Barrel Invitational”, with races held only in the middle east and USA.

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