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Old 10-28-2002, 15:48   #1 (permalink)
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Qualifying has been changed and Spa has been axed. Also, there is a new point system.

Mosley announced that the way in which competitors will qualify for Grand Prix in 2003 and beyond with each competitor taking to the track alone for a single qualifying lap on Friday and Saturday.


The teams could not agree to run without tobacco advertising for next year’s Belgian Grand Prix, so the FIA has removed the race from the calendar and with no substitute race available, there will be just 16 rounds to next years championship.

The points pay down to eighth position and is aimed at ensuring that the championship is not concluded at the mid-point of the season as was the case this year. The new points system will now award ten points to the winner, eight points for second, six points for third, five points for fourth, four points for fifth, three points for sixth, two points for seventh and a single championship point for eighth position.

Also, there are changes to the tyres rules and testing.

Full story at:
http://www.dailyf1.com/en/news/news.php?id=2619
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The teams could not agree to run without tobacco advertising for next year’s Belgian Grand Prix, so the FIA has removed the race from the calendar and with no substitute race available, there will be just 16 rounds to next years championship.
So no Spa next year then.. that's a real shame.
Hope it's just a one off.. the Belgian Grand Prix was IMO the highlight of the season.
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Yeah Spa is (was) definitely one of the better F1 tracks that is (was) in the championship.
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Old 10-29-2002, 06:05   #4 (permalink)
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There is talk Spa may not be dead yet: Belgium could exempt GP from ban - from DailyF1.com

I really hope they are able to get it to stay. Its just about the only classic track left.
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