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BREAKING: Madrid Grand Prix confirmed: Spanish capital to host Formula 1 race

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In a bold move, Madrid has secured the rights to host a new Formula 1 Grand Prix starting from 2026.

Alonso and Sainz
Fernando Alonso of Spain, Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant, portrait Carlos Sainz of Spain, Scuderia Ferrari, portrait during the Formula 1 AWS Spanish Grand Prix FIA Formula One World Championship from 1st to 4th of June, 2023 on the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, in Montmelo, Spain. (Image Credit: Gongora/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

This monumental decision comes after a series of discussions and negotiations involving the local authorities and the higher echelons of Spanish politics. The announcement brings excitement and anticipation as the racing world looks forward to a new chapter in the heart of Spain.

The Spanish Grand Prix will move to Madrid

The decision to move the Grand Prix from Barcelona to Madrid was not without its fair share of controversies. However, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the President of the Community of Madrid, made it clear that the ultimate goal was to keep Formula 1 within Spain.

“Whether Formula 1 leaves Barcelona or not has nothing to do with Madrid,” she affirmed, according to planetf1, emphasising the importance of retaining the prestigious event within the Spanish borders. Ayuso strongly preferred the event to remain in Madrid or another Spanish region rather than risk losing it to a foreign country.

One notable challenge the Madrid F1 project faced was the lack of governmental support. Ayuso did not mince her words when expressing her frustrations with Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. “We have already reached a point where I am not even asking the government for help. We simply ask them to leave the Community of Madrid alone,” she declared, shedding light on a strained relationship between regional and national administrations. Despite the difficulties, Ayuso’s determination to bring Formula 1 to Madrid remained unwavering.

Despite these challenges, Ayuso remains optimistic about Madrid’s potential to host a successful Formula 1 Grand Prix. “That Madrid will be seen to have the best Formula 1 Grand Prix,” she proclaimed, showcasing her high hopes for the upcoming event. The optimism is shared by many in the racing community, eager to witness the fusion of high-speed racing and the vibrant atmosphere of Spain’s capital.

Contract and race details

The contract for the race in Madrid is signed until 2035, with the future of the race in Barcelona still unclear.

The newly inaugurated F1 race circuit in Madrid stands as a testament to cutting-edge engineering and precision design. Spanning a length of 5.47 kilometres, the circuit boasts a challenging layout with 20 turns, pushing drivers to showcase their skill and finesse. The average speed of 218 km/h adds an exhilarating dimension to the racing experience.

Circuito IFEMA Madrid
Image Credit: @AlbertFabrega on X

Strategically placed overtaking points, numbering at four, promise intense battles for position during the races. With a capacity to accommodate over 110,000 spectators, the circuit provides a thrilling atmosphere for fans to witness the pinnacle of motorsport. The circuit adheres to the 2026 F1 Technical Regulations, Tyre limits, and FIA Homologation, ensuring a high standard of safety and competitiveness in this state-of-the-art racing venue.

Stefano Domenicali, F1 CEO, stated:

“Madrid is an Incredible city, with a long history of hosting some of the biggest sporting events in the world. Today’s announcement begins an exciting new chapter for the Spanish Grand Prix, which will see Madrid become a benchmark for European races on the F1 calendar. I would like to thank the team at IFEMA MADRID for putting together a fantastic proposal that epitomises Formula 1’s vision to create a multi-day spectacle of sport and entertainment that maximises values for fans, whilst embracing innovation and sustainability. We look forward to working with the team to bring the race to Madrid and welcome in a new era for the Spanish Grand Prix.”

 

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