Barcelona and Valencia on collision course over 2014 race

Crowds at the Spanish GP in Barcelona

Crowds at the Spanish GP in Barcelona

Barcelona organisers are unapologetic after putting tickets on sale for a 2014 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix, and apparently on track for a full scale confrontation with Valencia organisers.

Valencia, absent from this year’s schedule, this week expressed surprise that tickets for a Formula 1 race at the Circuit de Catalunya have gone on sale.

Valencia vice president Jose Ciscar said a “verbal agreement” between the port city and Barcelona to alternate a single Spanish F1 race, starting with Valencia in 2014, is now “in force”.

But Barcelona circuit president Vicenc Aguilera told Spain’s Marca sports newspaper: “We have a contract until 2016 and we will organise [a race] every year until then.

“Indeed, if we can, we’ll do even more years,” he added. (GMM)

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