Secret talks to have Spanish Grand Prix return to Jerez

Circuito de Jerez could become the next Spanish Grand Prix hosts, returning to the Formula 1 calendar for the first time in almost two decades.

For 2020, Spain is only remaining on the calendar because Barcelona concluded eleventh-hour negotiations for a single-year deal that involved pushing out the calendar to an unprecedented 22 races. But for 2021, there could be a change of venues.

Citing local sources, newspapers El Mundo Deportivo and Marca claim that Jerez – which was the scene of the climactic finale of the 1997 season – is in talks with Liberty Media about a three-year deal for 2021-2023.

Reportedly, an agreement in principle may already have been signed for a $25 million annual fee, payable by the regional government Junta de Andalucia.

The news reportedly follows a meeting in London between Spanish officials and F1 supremo Chase Carey.

Jerez de la Frontera mayor Mamen Sanchez told Diario de Jerez she regrets that the information has leaked into the public, “The council has been working for the past two years so that Formula 1 returns to Jerez.

“I want to issue a reminder that we have a confidentiality agreement and I hope and wish that any ambition to release this news does not frustrate the negotiations,” Sanchez added.

Jerez hosted the Spanish Grand Prix on five occasions from 1986 to 1990, and then as the European Grand Prix in 1994 and for the final time in 1997. The last F1 race at the venue won by Jacques Villeneuve in a Williams.