Formula 1 have confirmed a huge change to the calendar after announcing a new street race with the Madrid grand prix.
It marks a historic move for the sport, with F1 heading back to Madrid for the first time since the championship hosted a race at the Jarama circuit in 1981, which is based slightly north of the Spanish capital.
The venue has a huge contract starting from 2026, which will run until the 2035 season.
Capacity for the hybrid street circuit will be around 110,000 across grandstands, general admission and VIP sections - with plans to extend to 140,000 across the calendar.
“Madrid is an incredible city with amazing sporting and cultural heritage, and today’s announcement begins an exciting new chapter for F1 in Spain,” said Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1.
“I would like to thank the team at IFEMA MADRID, the Regional Government of Madrid and the city’s Mayor for putting together a fantastic proposal. It truly epitomises Formula 1’s vision to create a multi-day spectacle of sport and entertainment that delivers maximum value for fans and embraces innovation and sustainability.”
Currently Catalunya has a deal until 2026, but it is understood this clause could be broken. The announcement of the Madrid race means that while two races in Spain is not impossible it is highly improbable.
The Madrid race could bring the curtain down on Catalunya in F1, which as well as a race track was historically also an excellent and preferred testing venue for Formula 1 teams for many years up until recently.
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