Spa replacement to be ‘discussed’

(GMMf1NET) The axed Belgian grand prix will almost certainly not be replaced in 2006, it is reported in the Italian press.

But La Gazzetta dello Sport, the well-connected sports newspaper, quoted a source close to the FIA as nonetheless admitting that 'discussions about the opportunity for a new grand prix' will be held.

In reality, however, the F1 paddock – although disappointed to see the drivers' favorite Spa-Francorchamps go – heaved a sigh of relief at news that the calendar will be shorter than the unprecedented 19-race schedule of last year.

But the Belgian axe will not be welcomed by drivers, who – apart from the fact that they'll now mostly have to go testing in the free week preceding Spa's blank weekend date – always list the track as one a favorite.

''It's a shame,'' Red Bull driver and F1 veteran David Coulthard agreed to the BBC, ''but (formula one is) a business and you've got to get on with it.''

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