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.
"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.
"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.