While the 2023 calendar is still in the process of taking shape, it was announced just an hour before today's Belgian Grand Prix that the iconic Spa circuit will stay on the calendar next year following the agreement of a new one-year deal.
There had been suggestions that it's place on the schedule was at risk with the potential return of a race in South Africa. However, it seems set that F1 won't be returning to South Africa until 2024 at the earliest.
"Formula 1 can confirm that the Belgian Grand Prix will be on the 2023 calendar following an agreement to extend our partnership together. Further details on the 2023 calendar will be announced in due course," said F1 in a statement.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 following the announcement, F1 President and CEO congratulated Spa for the investment they put into the venue.
“We have to congratulate the job [the race organisers] did. You’ve seen the investment they did. You see the number of people that are coming here… Incredible crowd, incredible attention to the people, and this is great. Great I think for the sport.
“We always said that the race is a part of our tradition, and it has a very important space in our calendar, and this is a fact that we wanted to share in this moment.”
The long-term future of the race itself is still very much up in the air. With the additions of Miami, Las Vegas, Jeddah and Qatar to the calendar, as well as the possibility of South Africa and China returning, the likes of the Belgian Grand Prix could be squeezed out.
Beyond 2023, Domenicali kept his cards close to his chest.
"We will see. We do it step by step."