Madrid has become the latest city to express interest in hosting a Formula 1 race. The sport has raced in Spain for many years, but a Grand Prix has not been held in Madrid since 1981. This event took place at the Circuito Permanente del Jarama. Following this, the Spanish Grand Prix was hosted at Jerez before moving to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which continues to hold the race in the present day. Now, though, an official letter has been sent by Madrid local government cabinit minister Enrique Lopez to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, expressing Madrid's interest in playing host to a Grand Prix.
Madrid bids to host an F1 race
In the letter , Lopez says that Madrid has an "efficient transport network, a pleasant climate, first class cultural, gastronomic and natural tourist attractions, a wide and excellent hotel infrastructure, and a diverse commercial offer with a unique freedom of opening hours". Lopez goes on to argue that the event would be "a success for all the professionals, institutions and companies involved in the development of Formula 1". "We are ready to work with you and your team to bring Formula 1 to Madrid," the letter concludes. No official plans have been made to host an F1 race in Madrid, but if a Grand Prix were to take place, the most likely venue would perhaps be the Circuito Permanente del Jarama. However, the track does not yet hold a Grade 1 certificate from the FIA, which is required for F1 to be able to race there. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has a contract to host Formula 1 until 2026, though it is not unheard of for two Grands Prix to be held in the same country.