Spanish Grand Prix organisers want ‘urgent’ talks

Date published: May 31 2019

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Spanish Grand Prix organisers have called for “urgent” discussions to try and keep the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The recent fifth round of the 2019 World Championship at Barcelona is set to be last, with no new deal agreed and a potential replacement in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort confirmed for next season.

But the organising committee, RACC, do not want to give up hope and are seeking further talks to keep a race that has been part of the schedule since 1991 on the calendar.

“The RACC asks all administrations and the business world to maintain the Formula 1 championship at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Barcelona.

“[We want to] be able to maintain in our country one of the most important sport events that is celebrated in the world every year.

“The RACC considered that the continuity of the F1 Grand Prix in Catalonia is a strategic decision at the business, economic and sports level, and that is why it is urgently necessary to find a better solution.

“The Grand Prix has an economic impact on the services, automotive, tourism, transport and entertainment sectors close to 163 million euros and generates 2,700 jobs.

“At the same time, this event is key to the Circuit, which is one of the most important sport infrastructures in Catalonia.

“Therefore, the RACC, with more than 50 years of history in front of this competition in our country, since 1969 at the Montjuïc circuit, has asked the Government of the Generalitat, the Spanish State, the rest of the administrations and the business world for collaboration, consensus, solidity and unity of action to achieve a stable agreement such that in the next few years the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will continue to host F1.”

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