Regardless of a 10-year deal to host the Spanish Grand Prix on a road monitor in Madrid, F1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali claims this does not imply the top of the street for the game on the Circuit de Catalunya.
Over time the Barcelona monitor has seen off Jerez and Valencia, and although Bahrain now has the rights to pre-season testing, the Circuit de Catalunya stays a favorite with followers and drivers.
The game’s reputation in Spain took a nosedive when Fernando Alonso appeared to stroll away from F1, however together with his return, to not point out Carlos Sainz within the Ferrari, curiosity within the sport is growing, which is little question how the deal was offered to the Madrid authorities.
Although it’s unlikely that Spain will host two races in the identical manner that Germany did in the course of the Schumacher years, Domenicali insists there stays a future for Barcelona.
“For the avoidance of doubt and to make clear right here, the actual fact we’re in Madrid is just not excluding the actual fact we might keep in Barcelona for the long run,” he tells the game’s official web site.
“Trying forward, there are discussions in place to see if we will actually lengthen our collaboration with Barcelona, with whom we have now an excellent relationship, for the long run.”
In keeping with the location, Spain had a complete season TV viewers of 77m final yr, which is round 3.5m per race on common and an 84% improve versus the earlier yr. Certainly, with Alonso claiming podiums in 5 of the opening six races, F1.com claims that over 10m watched final yr’s Grand Prix.
“Spain was a market that simply a few years in the past, was not within the centre of our eyes,” admits Domenicali. “Now it is vitally essential. We signed a brand new cope with Spanish broadcaster DAZN till a minimum of the top of 2026.
“It is a good downside to have, to have a number of cities, some in the identical nation, desirous to host a Grand Prix,” he provides. “It reveals the worth of our proposition. However we have to maintain targeted on the rationale for our success and ensure we aren’t complacent.”
Referring to the size of the Madrid deal, he says: “It is a very long time. That is the target as F1, with both new or extra established promoters. It permits everybody concerned to plan the long run and make investments sooner or later as it’s a assure for the promoter, for our companions, for our groups and for our sport. It offers everybody long-term visibility.
“If you happen to take a look at the previous, the renewals had been two years, three years or 5 years most. Now all our new offers are going within the path of being very lengthy. And if they’re quick, there’s a cause.”