Spanish Grand Prix to remain in Barcelona until 2019

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MONTMELO – The Spanish Grand Prix will remain at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona until 2019 following an agreement between the circuit and the Formula 1 Group.

The circuit on the outskirts of Barcelona first hosted the Spanish Grand Prix back in 1991, and has remained its home ever since.

Its current deal had been due to expire following the 2016 edition, but officials at the circuit have agreed a contract extension with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, with the news being announced on Friday.

“We are extremely proud to announce this renewal in such a special year, marking the 25th anniversary of Formula One Grand Prix being hosted uninterruptedly at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya,” circuit president Vincenç Aguilera said.

“We thus extend this fruitful relationship with Formula One and we look forward to the next 25 years.”

With the F1 calendar becoming increasingly global and shifting away from Europe, the safeguarding of another important race on the continent will please purists that are fearful of the move to countries that are further afield.

Speculation had been rife in the past that the Spanish Grand Prix could move to the Valencia Street Circuit, the former host of the European Grand Prix, but with that now in ruin, it appears that the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will remain the home of F1 in Spain for some time.