Government approves closed-doors Belgian Grand Prix

The 2020 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix could yet make its scheduled August 30 date after receiving government approval to race behind closed doors.

Previously thought to be unable to make its calendar spot due to the national ban on public events in Belgium that lasts until September 1, local broadcaster RTBF is reporting authorities have approved plans to hold the race without spectators.

With that hurdle out-of-the way, race organisers can now proceed to negotiate a commercial agreement with F1 owners Liberty Media to host the event. As in Austria and the United Kingdom, it is expected that the original terms will need to be adjusted to account for the absence of ticket sales.

However, it’s worth bearing in mind that Liberty and F1 CEO Chase Carey has stressed he will not be “handing out candy” to promoters in his attempts to start the 2020 season, and has reportedly been unable to reach terms with Silverstone as of yet.

Should Spa-Francorchamps experience similar problems, or should the health situation deteriorate again, the viability of the event could change on a moment’s notice.