As rumors intensify about the Spanish Grand Prix moving to Madrid from 2026, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has acknowledged the considerable interest in this significant development. This shift could end Barcelona’s long-standing role as the host of this prestigious event, marking a pivotal change in the Formula 1 calendar.
The proposed Madrid track, as reported by veteran F1 journalist Joe Saward, is set to be a semi-permanent venue, blending traditional racetrack features with the dynamic aspects of street racing. This design mirrors the trend set by recent additions to the F1 calendar, such as races in Saudi Arabia, Miami, and Las Vegas, emphasizing the sport’s shift towards urban-centric circuits.
Barcelona’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has been an F1 mainstay since 1991 but has often faced criticism for lackluster races. The move to Madrid aims to revitalize the Spanish Grand Prix, potentially leveraging the popularity of Spanish F1 star Fernando Alonso.
Domenicali’s reaction to these developments underscores the complexities of incorporating a new race into the F1 calendar, particularly when considering the repercussions for the longstanding Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.
“You can never say never in life, of course, but two races in Spain is very complicated,” he stated, acknowledging the logistical complexities involved.
“There is great interest [from Madrid], but it is also true that we are focused at the moment on Barcelona, which has a contract, and the relationship is strong.”
Madrid is no stranger to F1, having last hosted a Grand Prix in 1981 at the Jarma circuit. The new circuit promises to be a modern and dynamic addition to the F1 roster. With a reported 10-year deal, Madrid is poised to become a new hub for Spanish motorsport.