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Madrid is Looking More Likely Than Ever to Host a Formula 1 Grand Prix

Multiple reports from Spanish outlets have suggested that the Madrid Grand Prix is closer than ever to returning to the calendar, but it may come at Barcelona’s expense....

Multiple reports from Spanish outlets have suggested that the Madrid Grand Prix is closer than ever to returning to the calendar, but it may come at Barcelona’s expense.

The proposed race has long been in discussion with Formula 1 with Spanish publication AS reporting that that the announcement could come as early as next week. The outlet claims a “long-term agreement” is being hashed out for a semi-urban track that will take the drivers through some of the landmarks of the city. A popular choice recently, though fans may lament the addition of another street circuit.

The current Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona has been on the calendar since 1991 with a deal that lasts until 2026, though F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali, doesn’t think that two races will be held in Spain.

“I don’t think in the medium term, after 2026, we will be in that situation of having two races in Europe in the same country unless something changes and it’s different,” Domenicali told AS last year.

The president of the FIA Senate, Spanish national, Carlos Sanz de Barros, believes there absolutely could be two races in Spain.

“As a Spaniard, born in Madrid, I want F1 in Madrid again, it is clear,” he told AS (via Planet F1). “As president of RACE, the last one was in 1981 (in Jarama) so having F1 in Madrid again is the wish of many people.

“Is it possible to have two races? Yes, why not? We have three in the United States and two in Italy. There have been before.”

He went on to add that things aren’t as far along as some in the press have claimed as the sports authority in Spain, the RFEdA, hasn’t received the project and “nobody in the FIA has yet worked on this project.”

Carlos Sainz Sr, father of current Ferrari driver, Carlos Sainz Jr, would love to see the race back in Madrid and thinks that doing so would be a tremendous success.

“I think the presence of a Grand Prix in Spain in fundamental,” he told Motorsport.com.

“I don’t know if in the end it will be one or two, but if it is confirmed, and it could be a reality, if the Spanish Grand Prix comes to Madrid, like any Madrileno, [I would be] happy, I know what a Grand Prix implies and the imprint it leaves on a city.

“I think that, on the other hand, Catalonia has had it for many years and enjoyed it, there is no written rule that it has to be for life in one place, it was also in Jerez at the time.

“These are processes in the world of motorsport that are going on and if it really happens, I would be very happy. I encourage anyone who has the ability to decide, and I think it’s a private initiative, so no one can point the finger at anyone and for the money to go somewhere, I think if it is done, it will be a success.”

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