• Spanish Grand Prix

Spanish GP only guaranteed for next two years

ESPNF1 Staff
February 21, 2011 « Webber expresses Bahrain reservations | »
Felipe Massa on an early run in the wet at the Circuit de Catalunya during testing at the weekend © Associated Press
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Continuing doubts remain over the future of the Spanish Grand Prix after the new president of the local Catalonian government told El Pais newspaper that he can only guarantee that the race will take place for the next couple of years.

"The continuity of the formula one race at this circuit is guaranteed this year and probably also for the next," explained Artur Mas. "I hope it can be sustained for the future, but that will depend on the evolution of the economic situation and the results obtained in the next two years.

"The situation is what it is; I'm not here to fool anybody. I know the value of hosting an F1 race and motor racing is a sector that drives the economy. I will do my best, but we cannot hide from the truth. We need to reduce the budgets."

As with Australia, the issue at the heart of the matter is the escalation in the sanctioning fee for staging the event.

"We are in a time of severe budgetary constraints and it's going to affect everything a little bit," Mas said. "We need to move through these two difficult years and, if we recover, the contract we have for a few more years we will see in a bit of a better light."