Fans who attended the rain-soaked 2021 Belgian Grand Prix will be able to participate in special events on Thursday August 25 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Last year’s Belgian Grand Prix was frustrating enough to watch on TV but spare a thought for the 75,000 spectators who endured a 3-hour wait in the rain for a race that never was. After less than three laps behind the Safety Car, the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix was red flagged and Max Verstappen was declared the ‘winner’, with half points awarded. In the aftermath of the event, Lewis Hamilton was among the many voices calling for ticket refunds.
As the race was classified, the Belgian Grand Prix promoter was under no legal obligation to provide ticket refunds or compensation – though they did contact affected spectators last December with an offer of an “F1 TV pass,” entry into a special prize draw to win 170 tickets to the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix and the chance to attend an “exclusive event” on the Thursday before this year’s race.
Just over two weeks before the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix weekend gets underway, the promoter has finally shared with fans the details of the “exclusive event” planned for Thursday August 25, which includes “various animations in the Fan Zone, appearances of celebrities, on-track demonstrations, and much more!”
Driver appearances, concerts, on-track demonstrations & a pitlane walk
On Thursday August 25, fans will be invited to the Fanzone from 10am, where F1, F2 and F3 drivers will be making special appearances on the big stage and musical acts will be performing.
At 2pm, the action moves to the track between the Chicane and Raidillon, where accessible grandstands will be open. The email reads: “We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you might get the chance to see some drivers perform on the track. Mercedes AMG has something to celebrate and wants to share it with you… an Alpine show is also on the schedule, where several drivers will cause a sensation.”
The day’s activities end with a pitlane walk from 5:30pm, which also features an exhibition of historic Formula 1 cars on the starting grid. No autograph session or garage visits are planned during the pitlane walk. A DJ set from 6pm till 8pm in the Fanzone will conclude the day’s entertainment.
Parking is free on Thursday and car parks will be open from 9am. Fans can enter the circuit via the Ster and P15 entrance gates.