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New Spanish venue closing in on hosting F1 Grand Prix

Could the Spanish Grand Prix move from Barcelona to Madrid in the coming years?

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RacingNews365 understands that a Formula 1 circuit near Madrid should be the on the calendar by either the 2026 or 2027 season, moving the race from Barcelona.

The Spanish Grand Prix has been held at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya since 1991, with the 2023 event seeing a reversion to the old high-speed double-right to end the lap, the latest in a series of tweaks to the layout.

A second race in Spain was held between 2008 and 2012, but this was run under the European Grand Prix moniker, but the long-term viability of the Barcelona event has been questioned in recent years, with rumours of a move to Madrid.

RacingNews365 understands from sources with knowledge of the matter that Madrid could be set to gain a race, based at the IFEMA complex on the outskirts of the city and near to Barajas International Airport.

It is the site of the F1 Exhibition, which RacingNews365 visited in April.

President of the IFEMA executive committee José Vicente de los Mozos indicated to local press that the signing of a deal was imminent and that he knew when F1 would come to Madrid.

It is understood to be a semi-street circuit, in similar fashion to Miami.

Given the surge in popularity of F1 over recent years, it is unlikely that both Madrid and Barcelona can co-exist on the calendar, with one likely to make way for the other.

After a dip, Grand Prix racing in Spain itself is undergoing a resurgence owing to competitive nature of Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz in the Aston Martin and Ferrari, respectively.

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