Valencia could return to Formula 1 calendar in 2014

Girls at the Red Bull Pool Party. Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, European Grand Prix, Race, Valencia, Spain, Sunday 26 June 2011.

Girls at the Red Bull Pool Party in Valencia

Valencia could be set to return to the Formula 1 calendar after being dropped from this year’s world championship.

The European grand prix is missing from the 2013 schedule, and it emerged recently that a return was unlikely because city authorities and race organisers had left the street circuit in a state of disrepair.

However, El Mundo newspaper reports that Valencia president Alberto Fabra met with Bernie Ecclestone in London at the end of February.

The report claims he agreed a deal whereby Valencia will annually alternate the Spanish grand prix with Barcelona.

“The agreement is (now) awaiting the signature of the Catalan president Artur Mas,” wrote journalist Pedro Blasco, adding that if the deal is signed, Valencia will host Formula 1 races in even years, beginning in 2014.

Spain’s El Confidential newspaper quoted Fabra as saying at a news conference in Madrid that he hoped the deal would be formalised soon.

“We have been working to make this a reality,” he added, revealing that he has already been in contact with his Barcelona counterpart Mas. (GMM)

  • Bollocks

    Worst idea ever!

    Losing Barcelona is almost like losing a Spa or Monza… maybe not as long on the calander or as historic but still an immensely better track than Valencia which has been looted and left in disrepair. I’d much rather keep Barcelona on the calender!!!

    Plus, no Alonso = no spanish fans. Just saying he isn’t going to be around forever and I’d hate to see Spain have two races (or lose an annual race in Catalunya) to accomodate a 2nd rate Grand Prix in Valancia which already barely draws a crowd.

    And finally, aside from last year’s chaotic race, the races at Valencia are a total snore. Just as bad as he tSingapore parade, but not nearly as pretty to look at.

  • Bec

    Barcelona is usually the most boring race of the entire season, so alternating with any other circuit is good news.

  • njellis

    Good news, if it happens. Bernie seems to think it will though. Valencia is a great city, and the circuit / race is nowhere near as bad as critics suggest.

    Re “Losing Barcelona is almost like losing a Spa or Monza” – utter garbage. The Circuit De Catalunya track hasn’t exactly produced fantastic racing over the years.

  • bollocks

    let me guess: nj stands for New Jersey right?

    must be to go to say that Catalunya is more boring than Valencia! Still lol’n at that one.