Spanish GP states case to remain on F1 calendar

Date published: May 11 2020

No reverse Barcelona GP due to safety

Joan Fontsere, general manager of the Circuit de Catalunya, is hoping they can showcase their strengths to remain on the Formula 1 calendar in the years to come.

The track has been host of the Spanish Grand Prix every year since 1991 and is also used for pre-season testing in February, but its contract with Liberty Media is due to expire at the end of the year.

There were doubts whether the Spanish Grand Prix would remain on 2020 calendar until a one-year extension was signed and officials are looking for another agreement to be put in place to safeguard its future.

“We have hosted, for almost 30 years, Formula 1 and MotoGP grands prix,” Fontsere told MotorsportWeek.com.

“We are in the Barcelona neighbourhood, so it’s very well connected logistically, and we have good weather conditions to run the event.

“We have experience in setting up events like the winter tests, we can set up a grand prix without spectators [with] two weeks [notice], so our let’s say frenetic activity during all the year gives us a background, a helpful background, in that capacity to produce the event.

“I think it’s something that we will put on the table as a real value of the circuit to get a longer-term agreement.

“[It has to be] something good for Formula 1 when all the permanent circuits are fighting for hosting Formula 1.

“We are working on our capabilities, our skills, and we are offering them all what we said before.

“If there are other tracks, circuits, organisation that can host it? Yeah, sure there are, a lot of them, but obviously we have some other skills and capabilities that the other ones don’t, and we will push on those capabilities that we can offer to the sport and the business.”

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