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Belgian Grand Prix called off 08 Feb 2006

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota TF105 
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, 11 September 2005

There will be no Belgian Grand Prix this season, the FIA announced on Wednesday. The race has been called off to allow time for the completion of extensive improvement work to facilities at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Belgium’s National Sporting Authority, the RACB, wrote to the governing body to notify them of the withdrawal of the event from the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship.

The FIA hope the race, which was scheduled for September 17, will return to the calendar from 2007 onwards. Its cancellation means the 2006 season will now feature 18 races, with a three-week break in September between the Italian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Since the inception of the Formula One world championship in 1950, the Belgian Grand Prix has featured on the calendar almost every year, the only exceptions being 1957, 1959, 1969, 1971 and 2003.