Breaking: Stefano Domenicali announces Belgian Grand Prix will be on 2023 calendar

Spa Francorchamps will host its 56th championship race in 2023.

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has confirmed that the Belgian Grand Prix will remain on the calendar for the 2023 season.

The race had been called into doubt previously due to the influx of new venues in Formula 1 worldwide.

Netflix docuseries, Drive to Survive, sparked a great deal of interest in F1 when it was initially introduced in 2019, and an enormous American audience began to develop.

Since then, Miami has been added to the calendar, and the event was a success from a spectatorship perspective, although the organisers did announce a loss having underestimated the amount of expenditure it would take to pull off the ambitious plan.

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Vegas has also been added for next year, with a Saturday night race, which features the world famous Vegas strip, set to take place in November.

Further venues, such as the possibly returning Kyalami, another track in Saudi Arabia, and a circuit in Colombia, have all been speculated.

Spa was initially out of contract this year, and the calendar is expected to hold 24 races next season – around eight of them in Europe.

Monaco too does not have a deal for 2023, and negotiations, which now reportedly include Prince Albert, are ongoing.

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Indeed, Monaco and Belgium are too of the oldest and most iconic races in the sport having hosted 122 championship races between them, so racing would certainly seem strange without them.

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Monte Carlo may still be in the balance, but Domenicali was proud to give a “straightforward” answer of “yes,” while stood next to FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem when Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle asked him if there will be a Belgian Grand Prix next season.

Carlos Sainz is set to start P1 in Spa on Sunday after Max Verstappen initially took pole, but will go from 14th due to an engine penalty.