Formula One boss, Bernie Ecclestone, has denied having said that Spa-Francorchamps is on the verge of being chopped off the F1 calendar. Speaking to a Belgian reporter after the Korean Grand Prix, Ecclestone said that a recent report in The Guardian twisted his words. Despite this, he has hinted that a few races might get cut from the European Formula One calendar.
“I am sure that in the years to come, we will lose a few races in Europe. It is almost certain. Which ones? I have no idea. But from our side, we want to keep Spa. There are long discussions about the grand prix there, but if it does go, it will be because of the government, not me,” said Ecclestone.
There have been rumors that three races might get axed: Silverstone, Spa, and Istanbul. We don’t think that the British have anything to worry about, due to the redesigned circuit and the fact that there are numerous teams based in the UK. That leaves Spa and Istanbul, which have both reported financial losses.
Either way, two new races will be coming on board very soon, including a track in Austin, Texas and one in Sochi, Russia. The race in the U.S is scheduled to open in 2012, while the Russian race is still a few years off.