(Reuters) – Method One particular should keep “iconic” tracks like Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps even if the trend is toward more rewarding avenue circuits, according to globe winner Max Verstappen.
Spa, and the southern French Le Castellet circuit where by System 1 races this weekend, deal with uncertain futures with new venues like Miami, Las Vegas, Jeddah and Doha squeezing into a schedule established to develop to 24 races.
There has been speak of races, possibly even Monaco, alternating to make space.
Red Bull’s Verstappen, who is Dutch but was born in Belgium, claimed rural Spa was his favourite monitor and had to stay.
“It’s just a excellent track to drive… I fully grasp that to get there as opposed to other tracks, it is most likely a minimal bit more tricky at times with the targeted traffic,” mentioned the 24-calendar year-aged.
“I don’t want to see myself in 2028 or regardless of what driving only on avenue circuits close to the metropolis just for the lover engagement or whichever.
“I comprehend everyone wants to make income, but there is also a restrict to that for the reason that it’s essential to preserve these definitely interesting circuits on the calendar as a substitute of just driving on road circuits, which I imagine F1 vehicles are not built for in any case.”
The Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet, to the east of Marseille and on a plateau with confined street entry, to start with hosted System One particular in 1971.
“This year is perhaps, regrettably, the previous time we (the French) have a grand prix. It may well not be on the calendar next yr,” said French driver Pierre Gasly. “So it will be significant to delight in every second of it.
“What’s unfortunate is that on the other hand, Spa is probably my favourite observe on the calendar… it is such a stunning observe, wonderful put for racing and I imagine at the conclusion of the working day, it will be a reduction, a decline for us as System A person racing motorists.”
Spa, the longest observe on the calendar and just one of the fastest, has been part of the championship because 1950 while it has been absent in some years.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Toby Davis)