(Motorsport-Total.com) – The Grand Prix of Spain will also be 2020 represented in the Formula 1 calendar, which became known on Tuesday. Barcelona has signed a one-year contract with Formula One rights holders. Formula One boss Chase Carey even promises a long-term partnership
At the beginning of the year, the only Formula 1 race in Spain threatened to fly out of the calendar. The contract expired at the end of the year, an agreement was initially not in sight. However, the track owners, along with the Catalan Regional President and Liberty Media, were able to agree on an extension.
The race, which traditionally marked the European opening in the past, brought in the past three, according to Formula One Years ago about half a million fans to the track. According to the operators, the Grand Prix in the region is causing an economic boom worth 620 millions of euros.
Chase Carey has even promised to keep the race longer term. Further negotiations and talks are to be continued in the coming months. He also thanked Regional President Quim Torra for his “vital support.”
Earlier, money worries plagued the racetrack, but as announced a few weeks ago, the Catalan government aids assured . Carey points out that the decision in favor of Spain is also a decision to preserve the European roots of Formula 1.
“Nevertheless, we want to continue to expand into new areas,” the American clarifies. In any case, the promoter's will has shown him that sport has the ability to act as a catalyst for smaller regions. The Grand Prix also has a “positive effect” on the economy.
The new deal means in reverse that only Germany and Italy without a contract for 2020 left over. While Holland and Vietnam will be new next year, extending the calendar to
The Italians are confident that the promoters are demanding more political support. Less certain is a whereabouts of Germany in the calendar, currently there are no signs.