AUGUST 30, 2002
Belgium under the axe again
But they do not give up coming up with daft legislation and the latest anti-tobacco rulings, which does not exclude Spa from an advertising ban on tobacco products (despite the fact that all tobacco sponsorship is going to disappear in 2006) seems to suggest that the men in suits in Brussels need to feel that their decision-making is relevant and seem to be happy to accept that this might cost them the Grand Prix. There is no doubt that if the circuit in question was not Spa the race would have disappeared years ago and as Bernie Ecclestone has pointed out this tiresome battle suggests that "they don't want their Grand Prix anymore."
They do - but the politicians now have to figure out a way of backing down without losing face.