GP farce Belgium 2021: fans will not get any money back

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The Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August 2021 fell through: due to heavy rain, only a few laps behind the safety car were possible. It is now clear: there is no money back for the fans.

Thousands of Formula 1 fans were pissed off at the end of August 2021. Numerous visitors to the race weekend in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) thought they had been cheated of their entry fee, because apart from a few laps behind the safety car they got nothing to see in Spa-Francorchamps – the heavy rain and the slope conditions did not allow a regular race to. 70,000 disappointed faces.

After this Formula 1 farce, some racing drivers spoke out in favor of finding ways and means to compensate the visitors. World champion Lewis Hamilton said at the time: “I hope the fans get their money back.”

After the disgrace, Melchior Wathelet, head of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, told the Sporza news agency: “This is a painful moment. We will consider the possibility of a gesture to the fans. We have to see what is possible and are open to everything. “

But Wathelet did not want to use the word repayment and remained vague: “We will not stir up hopes among the fans that we cannot fulfill.”

Many fans were hoping for money back or a free ticket for the 2022 race. Instead, visitors were offered a kind of raffle, with 170 tickets for the 2022 Grand Prix being raffled, all in a higher category. There is also an annual subscription for the streaming service F1-TV (value: 65 euros) and access to an unspecified event on the Thursday before the 2022 race.

For holders of a ticket in the bronze category at the time, 100 silver tickets will be raffled off, for silver ticket holders there will be 50 gold tickets, and 20 VIP seats will be raffled off for buyers of tickets in the gold category.

According to the Belgian state TV broadcaster RTBF, this offer was not generally available to all visitors to the weekend of 2021, but only to those fans who had complained.

In a letter to the fans, the organizers again apologized for the incidents at the end of August 2021. “We are disappointed with the fans that the Grand Prix could not run over the normal distance. But the safety of drivers, marshals and fans must always be in the foreground. The weather conditions simply did not allow more laps to be covered. We weighed up various options to say thank you for the dedication of the race visitors on Sunday. “

Tombola tickets won can be redeemed for the whole weekend or only on Sunday (August 28, 2022), fans have to reply by the end of January 2022. A Gold Card 2022 is worth 530 euros.

Planned Formula 1 World Cup in 2022

23-25 February: Test drives Barcelona, ​​Spain
11-13 March: Test drives Sakhir, Bahrain
March 20: Sakhir, Bahrain
March 27: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
April 10: Melbourne, Australia
April 24th: Imola, Italy
May 8: Miami, USA
May 22nd: Barcelona, ​​Spain
May 29: Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 12: Baku, Azerbaijan
June 19: Montreal, Canada
July 3: Silverstone, Great Britain
July 10: Spielberg, Austria
July 24th: Le Castellet, France
July 31: Budapest, Hungary
August 28th: ​​Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 4th: Zandvoort, Netherlands
September 11th: Monza, Italy
September 25: Sochi, Russia
October 2: Singapore
October 9: Suzuka, Japan
October 23: Austin, USA
October 30: Mexico City, Mexico
November 13: São Paulo, Brazil
November 20: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

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