Valencia and Barcelona to share Spanish Grand Prix from 2013

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Valencia, 2011

F1 will see less of Valencia from 2013

Spain will play host to one round of the world championship instead of two from next year, Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed.

The Circuit de Catalunya and Valencia street circuit will alternate as hosts of the Spanish Grand Prix.

A race has been held at the Barcelona circuit every year since 1991. Valencia first appeared on the F1 calendar in 2008 as the home of the European Grand Prix.

Ecclestone told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser the organisers of both races had agreed to share the Grand Prix from 2013.

The races at both the circuit is this year will continue as planned.

Ecclestone also indicated he hopes to extend the contract for the race in Valencia beyond 2014.

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91 comments on Valencia and Barcelona to share Spanish Grand Prix from 2013

  1. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 9th March 2012, 18:11

    I do see this as the way for F1 tracks to go.. Japan alternated tracks, Germany are alternating tracks, now Spain are, rumours of France and Belgium alternating…

    Surely this is the best way of curing the problem of all these new tracks coming in? USA have 2 tracks coming in soon, they can easily alternate between them, surely? By having a ‘track rotation’ scheme, it means Bernie can bring in the tracks he wants to, whilst keeping firmly established tracks with them holding races once every other year/more periodically as time goes on..

  2. il Leone said on 9th March 2012, 19:03

    Why not have Barcelona, Aragon, Valencia, Jerez and the Valencia Street Circuit alternating Spanish GPs?

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 9th March 2012, 22:28

      Because Aragon doesn’t want the race (Bernie asked them to fill in for Korea if Korea wasn’t ready in 2010), Jerez isn’t allowed to have a race (after the local mayor interrupted the podium ceremony in 1997), and Ricardo Tormo is just boring (it’s popular with teams for testing, but only because it is fairly neutral in terms of setup).

  3. The Limit said on 9th March 2012, 19:45

    I am not surprised. With Spain’s unemployment levels at 25% it doesn’t exactly take an Einstein to figure out why these two grands prix are losing money. Anybody who saw the Barcelona event last year could not fail to miss all those empty seats in the grandstands, especially on turn one!
    On a personal level I, like many others on this site, have never warmed to the Valencia race. I am sure Valencia is a fine city, but the grands prix there reminds me of what a racetrack around Tilbury Docks would look like on a summers day. One cannot help but wonder if this is the best F1 can come up with when you compare Valencia to other street circuits like Monaco and Singapore. Even the first race in 2008 was panned as a snoozefest by the fans so, like I said, I am not surprised!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th March 2012, 22:59

      Seriously, 25%? That’s dreadful. I must admit I was surprised by just how under-populated the stands looked in Barcelona last year. That explains a lot.

  4. UKFan (@) said on 10th March 2012, 0:51

    YESSSSS 50% less boring.

  5. McFillin (@kcampos12) said on 10th March 2012, 2:35

    Bring back Portugal!

  6. Nick.UK (@) said on 10th March 2012, 2:39

    Does this mean the French GP could be the ‘European’ GP at some point?

  7. to me as a fan i hate the valencia circuit so this was a goood idea

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