On this day: Drivers furious as Spa is dropped

2y ago


In a world of Hermann Tilke-designed supermarket car park style circuits with enormous tarmac run-off areas and no overtaking, Spa-Francorchamps is one of the few 'drivers' circuits left on the calendar.

So it was no surprise that they were up in arms when it was announced on this day in 2006 that the Belgian Grand Prix was being dropped from the calendar, while the management completed track improvements.

Spa: One of F1's most iconic tracks

"Damn, that is sad," Jacques Villeneuve told Autosport. "I'm really disappointed, and now I will just have to be happy with Suzuka."

David Coulthard felt the same way. "It's very disappointing to lose Spa, even if it is just for one year," the Scot, then with Red Bull Racing, said.

Pedro Rodríguez leads Chris Amon during the 1970 Belgian Grand Prix

"It's long, it's fast and it's flowing, and if you ask any driver in F1 they would tell you it's in their top three tracks."

Mercifully, the work was completed in time for the race to return for 2007.

Senna negotiates La Source in his Lotus - he won at Spa five times

Michael Schumacher made his F1 debut at Spa for Jordan in 1991 - and used a bike to learn the track

Schumacher also took his first victory at Spa in 1992, after switching to Benetton

Big skies: Daniel Ricciardo races under a dramatic skyline at Spa