The local Walloon government is seeking clarity about the future of the fabled Belgian grand prix at Spa-Francorchamps within “four or five weeks”. Jean-Claude Marcourt, the government’s economics minister, was responding on Tuesday in a parliamentary committee, following media reports that France looks set to return to F1 in 2013.
Those reports suggested France’s Paul Ricard circuit will share a single alternating annual date with Spa, the fabled Belgian venue. Marcourt explained that, in a bid to reduce costs, the government had last year begun to look into possibly alternating its grand prix with another European host. A “non-binding document” with France was circulated, with an answer necessary by the end of 2011.
“On January 1 there was nothing,” Marcourt is quoted by RTL Sport Belgium. “Now the French seem to be catching up.
“In four or five weeks, we have to clarify everything. I do not want things drawing out so that we get to the end of the contract not knowing what is going to happen. We are awaiting the response from France.”