The Spa-Francorchamps event was told by F1 that it needed to improve its fan offering after the disastrous, rain-soaked 2021 edition. Despite its reputation as one of F1‘s most historic and exciting circuits, this wasn’t enough to keep it on the calendar. However, Spa took up Liberty Media‘s vision of what a modern grand prix should look like, and invested an impressive 80 million euros to bring the ageing circuit up to date.
Thanks to brand-new facilities, grandstands, and off-track entertainment, the 2022 event won F1‘s approval and earned a one-year extension for 2023. However, the organisers are now facing another dilemma, as once again they are in talks about a fresh, one-year deal amid efforts to revive the South African Grand Prix. Although reports suggest that Spa’s future is secure in the short term, discussions with F1 on 2024 are ongoing.
Despite this uncertainty, Spa is forging ahead with its strategy to improve the experience for fans, with the 2023 edition almost sold out. Commercial director Stijn de Boever is keen to outline the improvements in facilities and security, including the addition of two grandstands opposite the endurance pits, one with 3,000 seats and one with 4,000 seats. Comfort and fan zones have also been upgraded, and there are plans for more entertainment options to be announced in the coming weeks. In addition, new car parks and zones are being established to make the visiting experience smoother. Those without parking stickers will not be able to park near the circuit itself, allowing fans to save time.
Despite all the efforts being made, questions about Spa’s long-term future remain. Liberty Media is pursuing new events around large metropoles, and Audi may back the revival of the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim when it officially enters as Sauber‘s works partner in 2026. Media reports suggest that the Belgian Grand Prix and Zandvoort’s Dutch Grand Prix are set to alternate races from 2025 onwards, but this remains unconfirmed.