F1 announce Spanish Grand Prix is moving to Madrid in 2026

The layout for the new Madrid street circuit (Photo: F1)

Formula One has officially announced that the Spanish Grand Prix will be hosted at an all-new street circuit in Madrid from 2026 onwards.

Plans to move the race to Madrid have been in development for several years now, with a deal now in place to hold the event from 2026 to 2035.

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which has hosted the Spanish Grand Prix since 1991, will drop off the calendar as a result.

The new 5.47km track will be built around the IFEMA exhibition centre and next to Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training complex, and will feature 20 corners, incorporating both street and non-street sections.

It is said the venue will have a capacity of 110,000 and is very accessible by public transport, something that F1 have been keen to emphasis due to their commitment to become net zero by 2030, as well as the criticisms aimed at Barcelona’s transport links.

‘Madrid is an incredible city with amazing sporting and cultural heritage, and today’s announcement begins an exciting new chapter for F1 in Spain,’ F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said.

‘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.

F1 Grand Prix of Spain - Final Practice

The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has hosted the Spanish GP since 2013 (Photo: Getty)

‘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.’

FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem added: ‘Modern Formula 1 cars racing on a new circuit in the Spanish capital city of Madrid is an enticing prospect.

‘As we build towards the introduction of the FIA 2026 Formula One regulations, which have been framed with Net Zero carbon by 2030 in mind, it is pleasing to see that the local organisers have placed a sharp focus on environmental sustainability in their plans for the event.

‘As is customary, the proposed circuit will be subject to FIA homologation and safety checks and calendar approval by the World Motor Sport Council.’

The Spanish Grand Prix has been on and off the F1 calendar since 1951, with Madrid the sixth track to the host the event, while the sport remains very popular in the country thanks to star drivers Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz Jr.

While many fans will be happy to see Barcelona dropped as it is considered one of the worst circuits on the calendar, the addition of yet another street circuit will prove very divisive.

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