F1 will not return to Belgium in 2023 just after the summer break. The Belgian Grand Prix has lost its place as the homecoming race to the Dutch Grand Prix, which will be held in Zandvoort on 27 August 2023.
Traditionally, the Belgian Grand Prix has been the back-to-school race in the F1 calendar. Usually scheduled for the last days of August or the very beginning of September, the Belgian Grand Prix was the first grand prix on the calendar to be held after the summer break.
This will not be the case in 2023, as the newly unveiled calendar for the coming season will see the race at Spa take place on 28-30 July, following the Hungarian Grand Prix, (a so-called back-to-back) and will therefore be the last race of the first half of the season.
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It has also been reported that the SRO Motorsports Group, the organising group of the 24 Hours of Spa, has taken the decision to move the event as the dates announced for the Belgian F1 Grand Prix have, as a rule since 1953, been those of the endurance race.
The Dutch Grand Prix will launch the second half of the Formula One season from 25-27 August 2023, immediately followed by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in early September, the last race of the year in Europe.
It was known that the French Grand Prix would not appear on the calendar as F1 boss Stefano Domenicali had already stated that a race at Le Castellet was not planned for 2023, although he did not rule out its return in the coming years.
The 2023 F1 calendar includes 24 races for the first time with two new destinations, Losail in Qatar and Las Vegas in the United States.
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I assume this move has got to do with a possible rotation plan & or because Spa would get axed after next season anyway.
BTW, a new track in Doha’s outskirts will host the Qatar GP from next season rather than Losail, & from what I know, the Losail pit building got dismantled for use on the new track.
One of the proper race tracks, get rid of the street circuits, keep the fast tracks let’s see the cars flat out for more than a few seconds
Zandvoort has a 3 year contract with 2023 being year three. So if they rotate, in 2024 Spa will be back and than Zandvoort in 2025 again