The Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix could have a completely new venue in the future. According to the newspaper El Mundo, Madrid is considering organizing an urban race at IFEMA facilities if finally Barcelona-Catalunya is not able to hold the Spanish Grand Prix.
The information from El Mundo suggests that the government led by Isabel Díaz Ayuso would already be working on the project, and that he even had conversations about it with the president of the government, Pedro Sánchez. All this with the explicit support of Formula 1 itself, which would have sent representatives to see the facilities.
Formula 1 representatives have already visited the venue
Although the project at the moment is very fickle, everything indicates that the intention of the Madrid authorities would be build an urban circuit in the IFEMA and Valdebebas area, a removable route that it could be withdrawn at the conclusion of the Spanish Grand Prix. The plan has its options to come to fruition.
Remember that Montmeló has been barely rescuing the Spanish Grand Prix for years. On more than one occasion it has been very close the loss of the race due to the lack of support from the Barcelona City Council. The contract that links Formula 1 with the Circuit concludes this year and, once again, there are no signs of renewal.
In fact, in the Formula 1 paddock it was taken for granted that next season there would be no Spanish Grand Prix, and that its place on the calendar would be occupied. the miami race which has already been announced. But Formula 1 would not like to lose a country like Spain, even less now, that both Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso are recovering the fans.
So, Madrid’s plan would have the approval of Formula 1 itself to get ahead in the very likely case that Barcelona cannot retain the race. Before the pandemic, another PP government, in this case the Andalusian, was close to winning the Spanish Grand Prix to Jerez, a few facilities smaller than those that Madrid would offer.
At that time Chase Carey, who was the CEO of Formula 1, came to be in the Andalusian city and to meet with the authorities, but the pandemic stopped that project. Now the new CEO of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicalli, would have given the ok so that Madrid is a real alternative to the possible fall of Barcelona from the calendar.
What the information from El Mundo does not say is the date on which this Grand Prix could begin, but it seems difficult that it was already in 2022. The initiative when organizing the race would be private, since the Ayuso government does not want to fall into the errors of that Valencia Street Circuit that ended up being a quagmire of corruption. Since 1981 there is no Formula 1 in Madrid.
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