Checo Perez performs during Red Bull Showrun in Madrid, Spain on 15 July 2023.

Madrid set to replace Barcelona as F1 Spanish Grand Prix hosts

Madrid to replace Barcelona as F1 Spanish Grand Prix hosts? Checo Perez performs during Red Bull Showrun in Madrid, Spain on 15 July 2023.

In 2026, Madrid will join the Formula 1 calendar as Spanish Grand Prix hosts at the expense of Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, according to multiple sources reported by The Associated Press.

The official announcement will be made next week in the Spanish capital, according to the sources familiar with the deal, which will bring the series back to the Madrid region more than 40 years after it last hosted an F1 race.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to discuss the matter publicly.

Details on when the Madrid race will be added to the calendar were still being worked out, though reports mentioned a multi-year deal starting in 2026.

Barcelona is under contract to host Formula One races at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya until 2026.

Spanish media said negotiations have been underway with Catalonia officials to see whether an agreement could be reached for Madrid to take over Barcelona’s spot on the calendar before the end of the current contract.

Unlikely there will be two F1 GPs in Spain in 2026

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The Madrid race is expected to take place on a street circuit going through the city fairgrounds. Details of the project were set to be announced next week. Madrid city mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida said recently that “some good news” for the capital was expected next Tuesday.

Region president Isabel Díaz Ayuso said Tuesday that the F1 project would add “so much to the Madrid brand” and would “attract other great projects” to the region, adding: “We will do everything we can to make sure that the project can go through.”

The last F1 race in the Madrid region was in 1981 at the Jarama circuit. The Jerez de la Frontera track in southern Spain hosted races from 1986-1990, and also in 1994 and 1997.

Barcelona (pictured above) has been home to F1 in Spain from 1991 until now. The country also hosted the European Grand Prix on a street circuit in Valencia from 2008-2012.

The F1 contract with Barcelona was extended until 2026 five years ago after the track committed to improvements ahead of the 2022 season. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won last year’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.