Formula One has announced that the Spanish Grand Prix is staying on the calendar until 2026 following agreement of a new five-season deal commencing in 2022.
As part of the agreement, Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, Barcelona, will continue to host the race like it has done since gaining the hosting rights in 1991 from Circuito de Jerez.
Speaking about the decision to renew the deal for Spanish Grand Prix, Catalan Minister of Business and Labour plus Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya President, Roger Torrent said that he welcomed the contract which contains “a mutual commitment clause” to turn the circuit into an environmental-friendly venue.
Explaining what he hopes the circuit will achieve from this deal in the next five seasons, Torrent added: “We want the circuit to become an exponent of the green transformation and the adaptation of infrastructures to the demands of the climate emergency”.
F1 President and CEO, Stefano Domenicali meanwhile is “delighted” to see Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya renew its place on the F1 calendar, as he praised both the race promoter and local authorities for showing “their enthusiasm and commitment to keeping Formula 1 in Barcelona, with improvements that will be made to the track and facilities, and continuing our long history together.”
Spain is also home to current F1 stars, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz with Domenicali happy to confirm this extension, which will enable “Spanish fans” to “continue to see their national heroes, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz up close.”
Domenicali also noted that the circuit is popular with teams and drivers alike with everyone always excited to race around Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, with F1 set to visit the venue for the first Pre-Season Test of 2022 season from 23-25 February.
Teams will then return to the track from 20-22 May for the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix which forms a double-header alongside Monaco, instead of forming a standalone race like it has done in recent seasons except for 2020 when it was the third race in a second triple-header block with Silverstone, UK.