Is Madrid in line to host future F1 race?

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Madrid, the Spanish capital, has expressed its interest in hosting a Formula 1 race in the future

Madrid has expressed its interest in hosting a Formula One race in the future, believing it could “offer a great sporting and entertainment spectacle.” F1 currently stages the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the outskirts of Barcelona and has a contract until 2026.

Madrid has thrown its hat into the ring as a potential future host city for a Grand Prix after writing to F1 CEO and president Stefano Domenicali to express its interest in hosting a race.

Enrique Lopez, a cabinet minister for the Community of Madrid, sent a letter to Domenicali earlier this week expressing the Spanish capital’s commitment to a grand prix project.“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,” Lopez wrote.

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The expression of interest by Madrid comes after F1 warned the organizers of the Spanish Grand Prix to fix its “unacceptable” traffic and organizational issues after several problems emerged at the Barcelona race back in May.

More than 300,000 fans made it to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya over the race weekend, yet the track was ill-prepared to deal with such huge volumes of people.

The Spanish capital has hosted the Spanish round of the F1 World Championship on nine previous occasions, at the Jarama track north of the city, but the last was in 1981 and the circuit currently does not meet F1 safety standards.

F1 is currently enjoying a boom in interest from possible new markets and cities. One can certainly not rule out Madrid as a potential host city of F1 in the future.

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