Created: 1 apr. 2021
It's been an incredible twelve months for all event organisers. In our latest edition we catch up with SpaGrandPrix General Director Ms. Vanessa Maes on how she en her organisation has coped with the COVID-19 situation last year and how they are moving forward in these difficult times.
How are you doing at the moment and what is the situation like in your country?
We are very lucky not to have been personally affected by the virus and the whole team is doing well, which is the most important to us. However, this crisis is getting extremely long and hard, and we are eager to get out of this situation.
As our neighbours, the health situation is not really positive at the moment, but the crisis seems to be more contained in our country. We really hope to avoid a third wave. The vaccination campaign is setting up quite well and getting stronger and more efficient. We keep our fingers crossed for that vaccination to be an effective instrument, and with the nice weather coming back we hope to finally get out of this pandemic.
It's been an incredible year that we've put behind us. How did you manage to keep your team motivated in this difficult period?
Indeed the years 2020 and 2021 (which is far from over…) will have made us face a complicated and unprecedented situation. But as far as we are concerned, we have gained the trust of our government and FOM to be able to organize a GP behind closed doors in 2020. The team of Spa Grand Prix kept focused and motivated by this extraordinary challenge, which eventually made us work harder than for a regular edition and asked for great adaptability.
Being able to go back to the office, on the most beautiful circuit of the world, and play a full part in the organisation of this special 2020 closed door was our motivation and driving force all along.
How are preparations coming along for this year's event?
Our job is first to welcome the public and make this GP a celebration. Our main goal is to be able to welcome as many people as possible onsite. We are aware that there is still a long way to go before obtaining the approval of our government.
We are analysing all potential scenarios and will have to still wait a few weeks to observe a real trend. It is quite difficult to work on various scenarios, simultaneously. However we remain optimistic and hope that the vaccination campaign will allow us to have a summer 2021 close to normal.
What are you looking forward to the most in 2021?
The same as everyone I think : get out of this crisis, go back to a normal life, surrounded by all the people we care about. And why not.. welcome as many people as possible on our circuit for the 2021 edition of our national Formula 1 Grand Prix.