Barcelona determined to host 2013 Spanish GP

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB7 leads Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB7 at the start of the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 22 May 2011.

2011 Spanish GP in Barcelona

May 3 (GMM) Barcelona has opened the door to alternating its grand prix with F1’s other Spanish venue,the Valencia street circuit, which currently hosts the European GP.

But the Circuit de Catalunya organisers, set to run the Spanish grand prix next weekend, are determined to appear on the 2013 calendar, vowing to put tickets on sale the day after Sunday’s race.

“We will put the tickets (for 2013) on sale on 14 May,” Vincenc Aguilera, the new circuit president, is quoted by El Mundo Deportivo.

According to EFE news agency, however, Aguilera said alternating every year with Valencia is a “reasonable” proposition, given the current economic situation.

“In a crisis, during a storm, decisions should be conservative,” he said in Barcelona.

“We are getting all sides to reach an agreement,” he revealed. “It will take two, four, six weeks.”

Barcelona’s existing contract, for a grand prix every year, runs through 2016.

Subbed by AJN.