Barcelona's decision to abandon plans to alternate its annual grand prix hosting rights has caught Valencia by surprise. It was believed Barcelona, the regular host of the annual Spanish grand prix, had agreed with European GP venue Valencia to annually alternate a single spot on the schedule from now on. Valencia is duly absent from next year's calendar.
But Circuit de Catalunya chief Vincente Aguilera said on Wednesday: "We have no desire to alternate. We cannot speak for Valencia, who have agreements with (Bernie) Ecclestone about which we have nothing to say."
That has caught Valencia by surprise. A Valencian government source is quoted by Marca sports newspaper: "There was an agreement between the (Valencia and Barcelona) presidents over the alternation. With the formation of the current Catalan government there may have been a change, we do not know. Understand that for our part we have worked for the continuity of F1 in Valencia through the alternation, which for us gives the grand prix rationality through increasing revenue and reducing costs," the source added. (GMM)