The Formula 1 GP project in Madrid is moving forward: there is already a date and a place for the track
The Madrid institutions are in constant contact with the FIA to host a Grand Prix in the capital in the not too distant future when the contract with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ends. Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Community, personally directs the project.
After many empty projects without content, some bordering on direct scam, a future Formula 1 GP in Madrid is underway. The institutions have finally agreed to make the capital of Spain the scene of a race that, in addition to recovering the Great Circus for the region, aims to be the alternative to the most questioned Circuit Barcelona-Catalonia.
Isabel Diaz Ayuso, president of the Community, has given himself the personal challenge of wresting Formula 1 from Catalonia. With the political context implies, the popular leader has already taken the first steps so that Madrid can once again have a Grand Prix like before. It is no coincidence that the Jarama circuit is now called Madrid Circuit – Jarama RACEeven if it is not currently the favorite to host the future race.
As ‘Relevo’ explains, IFEMA is already advancing in negotiations with the FIA to be the location of the future circuit. With the support of all institutions (Town Hall, Community, Royal Spanish Automobile Federation and the Spanish government itself), the fairground has many logistical advantages over the old layout of San Sebastián de los Reyes, which had ten F1 races between 1967 and 1981. Now, Ayuso’s target is for the Spanish GP to return to Madrid for the 2026/2027 seasons.
The layout itself has yet to be designed and several alternatives are being considered, but IFEMA and the Valdebebas region (north of the capital) are the preferred sectors a semi-urban circuit and, therefore, easier to manufacture, assemble and disassemble as required. The good ones communication of the region, the proximity of the Baraja Airport and the remarkable hotel and tourist offer of Madrid are the main arguments in his favour. Against the Remembering the Valencia Street Circuit fiasco and the opposition more than likely of a good part of the population.
Montmeló, much appreciated
Even if for the teams it is still essential, Montmeló is increasingly marked due to administrative and organizational problems. The controversy raised in this 2022 is the latest in a long series, with the controversy over the use of the separatists of a Spanish GP disturbing the Royal Federation, first, and the FIA itself and Liberty Media , who do not want to know anything about political issues.
With declining renewal, what is clear is that beyond 2026 it is very complicated that the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya continues on the Formula 1 calendar. The strength of other non-European markets and the difficulty of sustaining it economically (in addition to the internal opposition within the government of the Generalitat) play against it.
These factors play in favor of Madrid’s candidacy. Since the beginning of this year 2022, they have had several conversations with the FIA, which will intensify in the months to come. From Montmeló they view these movements with skepticism, attributing them to the use of propaganda by President Díaz Ayuso, but youampoco if they believe.
Pictures: The community of Madrid
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