Through a letter that was later published on social networks, the Madrid's community has shown its will to the president and CEO of Formula 1, Stef
Madrid wants to receive Formula 1 again: what are the chances?
Through a letter that was later published on social networks, the Madrid’s community has shown its will to the president and CEO of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali, to receive a Grand Prize in the near future. Today, the Spanish GP is held in Catalonia, a circuit with which he has a contract until 2026.
The Minister for the Presidency, Justice and the Interior, Henry Lopezconveyed the Government’s desire to Isabel Diaz Ayuso of “make it possible” that the World Cup race can be held. “As you know, the Madrid region is experiencing outstanding economic and social development in the Spanish and European context”, reads the letter. While highlighting the “efficient” network of transport infrastructures, a climate “pleasant” and also a culture, gastronomy and tourist attractions of “first class”.
The mayor of Madrid, Jose Luis Martinez-Almeidastated in June last year that there had been a series of “contacts” by way of “very preliminary” to organize a GP at Ifema, but the fairgrounds denied it. Now, the Spanish capital faces another opportunity.
🏎️ The Community of Madrid offers to host an upcoming Grand Prix of @F1.
📩 The counselor @Enrique_L_Lopez has sent a letter to Stéfano Domenicali, highlighting the interest of the Autonomous Government and the prestige of the sporting events that take place in the region. pic.twitter.com/qEE1KmvQbp
– Community of Madrid (@ComunidadMadrid) June 23, 2022
The history of Madrid in Formula 1
Although Barcelona is the current face of Spain in F1 (in addition to Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, of course), Madrid also has its history in the Máxima. The Circuit of Madrid Jarama – RACE was part of the international calendar for nine seasons, 1981 being the last time. Jacques Laffite took the pole position, while Gilles Villeneuve would take the win.
From its debut in 1968 to 1978, the particularity was that all the races were in the hands of world champion drivers. Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, James Hunt and Mario Andretti (2) won in the capital.
The circuit currently has a length of 3,850 meters after its extension (before it was 3,404) and is located in San Sebastián de los Reyes, in the North of the Community of Madrid. It has 13 corners, many of which are manned by F1 legends such as Fangio, Farina or Ascari. Le Mans, Monza and Bugatti also appear.
What are the chances that Madrid will join the Máxima?
Madrid’s desire to be part of the F1 calendar is maintained by many other cities with equal or greater economic power. For this reason, the chances today are very low. More considering that the position of the Máxima is to broaden its horizons and not have as much presence in Europe. That is why Saudi Arabia and Qatar debuted. She will also return to Las Vegas. South Africa is another country that could host races again.
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Seeing Madrid in 2023 will be impossible. Especially considering that three historic races are still in doubt: Monaco, France and Belgium. If Domenicali’s objective of expanding the F1 calendar is fulfilled, the capital could get a place. Although there is still a long way to go…