Spa could replace San Marino in 2004

The San Marino Grand Prix could be replaced by Spa-Francorchamps in the 2004 Formula 1 World Championship calendar if the Belgian ban on tobacco advertising is overturned in time to stage next year's race, reports AUTOSPORT

Spa could replace San Marino in 2004

Senior sources within the paddock claim the failure of Imola to make necessary improvements to its facilities, demanded in its contract with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, leaves it open to being dropped.

"Imola is one of the races under discussion," said FIA president Max Mosley, "because we are going to have to cut down the number of races in Europe for various reasons. On the other hand, it is the home of Ferrari, it has a great tradition, and the public, when they do come, are very enthusiastic. I do hope it will survive, but it is under question."

David Coulthard, who won the race in 1998, said he would miss Imola if it was dropped from the calendar. "It's got character and the track is certainly exciting for the drivers to battle on," he said. "It makes good viewing for television because it is up hill and down dale, and it would be a shame to lose it."

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