Valencia to become Spanish GP host ?
29 June, 2011
Jun.28 (GMM) Valencia will be the only Spanish date on next year’s Formula 1 calendar according to reports doing the rounds in that country.
On Tuesday of Radio Valencia as well as Cadena SER reported that Valencia, the Spanish port city and host of last Sunday’s European grand prix, will take on the mantle of the Spanish Grand Prix in 2012 and beyond, from current hosts Barcelona.
Also on Tuesday, Valencia mayor Rita Barbera told the EFE news agency the city wanted an earlier date on future F1 calendars.
In May, Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya hosted Spain’s long-standing other F1 race, the Spanish grand prix.
Tuesday’s radio reports said the fact Valencia will host the only Spanish F1 race in 2012 was based on a “verbal agreement” that will soon become official in writing.
The event’s new deal, reportedly agreed by F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone at the weekend, runs through 2021 and gives Valencia the May date usually reserved for Barcelona.