25 Aug 2012

Spa future secure for three more years

12:48 pm on 25 August 2012

The Belgian Formula One Grand Prix will continue to take place at Spa for the next three years after a deal was announced by the organisers of the race through the Ardennes forests.

French officials have been working on getting France back on the grand prix calendar and alternating each year with Spa was one possibility which now looks doomed until 2016 at least.

The remote Magny-Cours track last staged a French Grand Prix in 2008 and along with Le Castellet, a circuit in the south of France owned by a family trust set up by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone, was in the frame for a comeback.

Germany's two races already alternate although there is now uncertainty over the Nuerburgring's future due to financial problems.

Despite being a favourite with drivers, Spa's future had also been uncertain because of financial issues and Formula One's drive to expand worldwide.

This season's Belgian Grand Prix takes place on September 2nd.