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FIA statement on 2003 Belgian GP

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FIA statement on 2003 Belgian GP
Oct 31, 2002, 1:37 PM

On October 1st, 2002, the FIA World Motor Sport Council decided that unless the teams competing in the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship agreed unanimously to participate in the 2003 Belgian Grand Prix without tobacco sponsorship, this event ...

On October 1st, 2002, the FIA World Motor Sport Council decided that unless the teams competing in the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship agreed unanimously to participate in the 2003 Belgian Grand Prix without tobacco sponsorship, this event could not remain part of the World Championship. The decision was endorsed the following day by the FIA General Assembly.

Yesterday the teams confirmed that none of them was prepared to race at Spa with a tobacco ban in place. Several of the teams currently have contracts which preclude them racing at any additional events without tobacco sponsorship. The 2003 event has therefore been definitively removed from the World Championship.

The FIA and the teams hope that measures can be enacted in Belgium which will allow the event to comply with the proposed world-wide ban on tobacco sponsorship scheduled to come in to effect at the end of 2006. It could then be considered for inclusion in the 2004 World Championship.

-fia-

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