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Barcelona Fights to Keep F1 Spot Amid Madrid GP Buzz

23/01/2024

Amidst the buzz of a new Madrid Grand Prix, Barcelona stands firm in its resolve to remain a key fixture in the Formula 1 calendar, showcasing its long-standing dedication to the sport.

Barcelona is determined to remain on the Formula 1 calendar, even as a second Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid is set to be announced today.

Photos from the Madrid GP announcement scene are now circulating online ahead of Tuesday’s event, which will be attended by F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

However, it’s unclear how the latest urban Formula 1 race will impact Barcelona’s long-standing Spanish GP host at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Aragonés Confident in F1 Future

Pere Aragonés, President of the Catalan government, insists he’s not overly concerned.

“We are working with Formula 1. The relationship is good.”

“We are working towards another contract to continue for a few more years. We are making positive progress and will announce it once it’s signed.”

Barcelona has been hosting the Spanish GP on the same permanent circuit since 1991, but rumors now suggest Madrid might replace the event or that both hosts might alternate annually.

President Aragonés insists there’s no pressure to hasten F1 negotiations.

“To defend Catalonia’s interests, we set the pace, dynamics, and criteria. The future of F1 in Catalonia depends on the Barcelona circuit and F1 itself. Not anyone else.”

He’s not pondering whether the new Madrid GP spells the end for Barcelona’s event.

“If there can be Grands Prix elsewhere, that’s a question for F1, not us. This year, we will have a Grand Prix and from 2026, we are working to ensure the continuity of the Grand Prix held in Catalonia.”

“After that, F1 will dictate what happens elsewhere.”

Madrid’s new F1 race will take place in and around the Ifema event facilities near the airport, with a rumored circuit featuring a heavily banked turn and a unique indoor section.

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