Barcelona not intersted in Valencia alternation option

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.Dec.19 (GMM) Barcelona has moved to secure its annual spot on the Formula 1 calendar, and will not consider alternating with Valencia.

With European Grand Prix host Valencia dropped from the 2013 schedule, it was expected that Spain’s two F1 hosts would now move to annually alternate a single race per year.

But El Mundo Deportivo newspaper reports that the Circuit de Catalunya has inked an agreement with the public institution Diputacion Provincial de Barcelona, providing new funding to the track.

“We have a contract to host the GP de Espana until 2016,” said Circuit de Catalunya chief Vincente Aguilera, “and we want to keep it.

“Indeed, we are open to negotiating an extension until 2020 with the same conditions,” he added.

Aguilera told AS newspaper: “We have no desire to alternate. We cannot speak for Valencia, who have agreements with [Bernie] Ecclestone about which we have nothing to say.”

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  • Not Bernie

    The best thing you can say about the races in Barcelona is that they’re not as boring as Valencia. So on that basis I’m glad they’re not doing an alternating schedule.

    However, Barcelona is the only place in the world that I’ve visited where I’ve ever had anybody try to pick-pocket me. Twice.

    Everybody that had flown in from the UK told me about their experience of being done, some having lost their tickets in previous years. Not one person that I spoke to hadn’t been done before or had a friend who had been.

    My lasting impression of Spain is nothing but a bunch of pick-pocketing thieves. I will not be back, and have turned down invitations to go on that basis. It’s up to the Spanish government to clean up their act if they want to win back the tourists.

  • Ringo

    One less street circuit to put up with if Valencia is out. The less the better. Countries wanting to host an F1 Grand Prix should have to buld or already have an F1 racing circuit. No more of this ridiculous street racing nonsense, please! It is pathetic and boring.