Valencia and Barcelona alternation likely

Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone

Jan.16 (GMM) An annually alternating race date would be a “good” solution to Spain’s Formula 1 crisis, claims F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, amid reports both Valencia and Barcelona could drop their grands prix amid Europe’s fragile economic situation.

Ecclestone said last year an alternating scheme was possible for Spain’s two annual races, but Valencia reportedly turned down the opportunity when it was suggested by Barcelona race chiefs.

However, Catalonia government officials sounded open to the idea as recently as last week.

“What’s been talked about more is that Barcelona would like to alternate with them (Valencia),” Ecclestone told the Financial Times.

“Maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe it’s the way to go.”

Spain’s EFE news agency quotes Jose Ciscar, vice president of the Generalitat Valenciana, as saying the government is open “to any solution” after vowing to analyse the affordability of major events.

He admitted alternating with Barcelona could be “less burdensome” for Valencia.