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Drivers say it would be a 'shame' to lose Spanish GP

  • Published on 09 May 2019 16:23
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Some Formula 1 drivers say it would be a "shame" to lose the Spanish Grand Prix from the calendar. 

The future of the event in uncertain as its current contract runs out after 2019, while there is speculation that the Dutch Grand Prix will replace it in on the 2020 schedule

The Spanish GP has been on the calendar every year since 1986, while it has been held at the current venue in Barcelona since 1991. 

Local favourite Carlos Sainz fears that it may be too late to save the event for 2020, but hopes a deal can be struck to keep it in the long run.

"For me it would be a big loss, but as far as I know, negotiations are still ongoing," he said. "Nothing has been confirmed. I'm wishing all the institutions are going to do their job, and are going to agree on something.

"It's in the benefit of Barcelona, of Spain, of Formula 1. The Spanish Grand Prix has a lot of history in F1, and it would be a big shame to lose it.

"Hopefully they can agree on something, maybe not next year because it’s too late, but hopefully agree something on the future."

Gasly doesn't mind extending the number of races

With teams reluctant to have a high number of events on the calendar due to the strains of travelling, Pierre Gasly admits he doesn't mind if the schedule breaches its current 21 races per season.

"I think it would be quite a shock to lose the Spanish Grand Prix because Barcelona is probably the track where we have all most driven on, from Formula Ford, Formula Renault, all the categories," said the Red Bull driver.

"Hopefully, an agreement can be found. I don't mind having more races, I like racing so hopefully, we can get the two on the calendar."

MercedesValtteri Bottas added: "I've no information about the details and the politics of what's going on, but it would be a shame. It's been in Formula 1 for a long time, this track and there are so many fans in Spain. It's a nice Grand Prix for all the fans to come to."


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15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
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12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
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Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
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Date
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15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
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1 - Nov 3
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