Minister of Economy of Wallonia, Jean-Claude Marcourt says that Belgium Grand Prix has safe in the Formula 1 world championship calendar at end of 2012 F1 season.
“We were able to negotiate a contract extension for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 where there will be a race at Spa-Francorchamps,” Marcourt told broadcaster RTBF.
“What we really want is for the Grand Prix to play a part in the economic development of the region. We want to increase the exposure of Wallonia (mainly French-speaking area of Belgium).”
“What I wanted to do was reduce the size of the expenditure in the budget of the Walloon region, and when comparing what was taken in the previous contract and the new, I would say it is a mission accomplished.”
“There was no way we could continue to lose as much money as we lost in previous years. This is the mandate I gave to Étienne Davignon (Belgian Grand Prix Chairman). This circuit is an expense but it is not as much. What we will do is increase the attractiveness of Belgium.”
“The negotiations were not difficult,” he added.
“We had one for a while when France wanted an alternation. They said they were open because it was an opportunity. The negotiations were long. (Bernie) Ecclestone is someone who is extremely difficult to deal with, but was very respectful of the commitments made to us.”
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