Barcelona still targeting annual F1 race date

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012 and Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW34 battle at the start of the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 13 May 2012.May 14 (GMM) Organisers of the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona are clinging to the idea that the race can continue to be an annual presence on the Formula One calendar.

Bernie Ecclestone said last weekend that, amid Spain’s economic crisis, a deal has effectively been struck to alternate a single annual race date between Barcelona and the sport’s other struggling Spanish host, Valencia.

But the president of the Catalunian government, Artur Mas, is not so sure.

According to El Pais, he said on Sunday that – together with the city of Barcelona – it is still being contemplated whether the alternating scheme with Valencia is the only option.

“Rather than talk about the alternation with Valencia, now in Catalunya we are focused on making efforts to hold a grand prix that takes us to the world, from many points of view,” he said.

“What we have is an economic promotion, and work for many people, which is exactly what the country needs,” he is quoted as saying by Catalunya Radio.

“(The alternation) with Valencia, we’ll see. For now what is needed is to make efforts in Catalonia,” he said at the Spanish Grand Prix.

  • Keith Witts

    Please could someone let us the puplic know if Barcelona f1 is on so that we can purchase our tickets early & get the seats we want.
    I’ve been coming to Catalunya circuit now for over 12 years & regard it one of the best circuits on the calender, so can somebody please get it sorted.