Spanish capital Madrid has become the latest city to declare an interest in hosting an F1 street race.
A succession of venues are queuing up to join the calendar as the sport’s popularity continues to boom. Miami joined the F1 roadshow last month while Las Vegas will become the third US venue in 2023. Qatar will return to the schedule next year and could be joined by South Africa, with talks about a return to the Kyalami track at an advanced stage.
There has also been talk about street races in London, the French city of Nice and Colombia, with traditional tracks like Spa in Belgium under threat. Now, it has emerged that officials in Spain are keen to hold a Grand Prix on the streets of the capital.
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The Spanish Grand Prix is currently held at longstanding venue, Circuit de Catalunya, near Barcelona, which has a contract until 2026. Therefore, Madrid is potentially looking to host a race from 2027 onwards. Cabinet minister Enrique Lopez, who serves the Community of Madrid, has written to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali to declare the city’s interest.
“It is my pleasure to write to you on behalf of the government of the Community of Madrid to express our interest in the development of a Formula 1 grand prix in Madrid,” wrote Lopez.
“I believe that holding in Madrid a motor racing event, which is one of the most exciting sporting phenomena of our time, would be a success for all the professionals, institutions and companies involved in the development of Formula 1.
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“Of course, it would also be a satisfaction for the whole region and its citizens. That is why the Government of the Community of Madrid has the greatest interest in making it possible.
“In short, I would like to confirm our commitment to you and to this project, as well as our willingness to sign the appropriate agreements to promote the race and offer a great sporting and entertainment spectacle. “We are ready to work with you and your team to bring Formula 1 to Madrid.”
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