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Spa faces closure over noise complaints // Belgium stares at a 17 year ban, whilst Renault try to move on

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This is F1Minute for the 23rd September 2009.

There are rumours flying around today that the Spa circuit was temporarily closed after complaints from a local anti-noise organisation. The track has been reopened again whilst officials appeal the closure decision - taken by local government. The complaints were first lodged two years ago, but it has all come to a head this week, with a 17 year closure put in place. The circuit boss has said since the initial complaint, they have worked very hard to reduce noise levels and form a relationship with the neighbours rather than upset them.

Elsewhere, Renault have confirmed to the FIA that they do wish to stay in Formula 1, despite the embarrassment this week’s hearing has caused them. A statement given to the governing body made sure to try and distance the company from the actions of Briatore and Symonds, and said they were putting procedures in place to stop this happening again. Bob Bell takes over the Team Principal role.

That’s all for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.