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Spanish Grand Prix extend contract for this year

Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya has signed a contract extension to host the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix this year.

They are also working to secure a new long-term deal, organisers announced on Monday.

The race, the 65th Spanish Grand Prix to be held, is scheduled for 9 May 2021, at a venue where the seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton has won the last four races at the circuit for Mercedes.

Catalan business minister Ramon Tremosa confirmed, “We will continue working at the government in order to turn the racetrack in Montmelo into a permanent venue for competition because Formula 1 is not an expense but an investment.”

This year’s race will see the return of Spain’s double F1 world champion Fernando Alonso after two years on the sidelines competing in other categories including Le Mans and the Dakar Rally.

The 39-year-old is racing for Renault’s Alpine team while his younger compatriot, Carlos Sainz, will also be making his home debut in Ferrari colours where he will now drive after his two years at McLaren.