The Real Automovil Club de Catalunya which organises the Spanish Grand Prix has called on the government to “urgently” seek a solution to save the race.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has endured a lengthy spell on the Formula 1 calendar, first hosting the event in 1991, but is yet to renew its contract which expires later this year.
The circuit’s future is uncertain given the recent addition of the Dutch Grand Prix for 2020, ironically being awarded a May slot that Barcelona has predominantly held for many years.
F1’s owners Liberty Media do not expect the current schedule to expand above 21 races next season but do anticipate two grand prix’s being cut from the calendar.
The RACC pleaded to the Spanish government on Friday to help solidify the event’s place in the sport.
“The RACC asks all administrations and the business world consensus and unity of action to achieve the renewal of Formula 1 and thus be able to maintain one of the most important sporting events held every year in the world in our country,” said a statement by the RACC.
“The Club considers that betting on the continuity of the grand prix in Catalunya is a strategic decision at business, economic and sporting level and that for this reason the best solution must be urgently found.
“The grand prix has an economic impact on the services, automotive, tourism, transport and leisure sectors of nearly 163 million euros and generates 2700 direct jobs. At the same time, the event is key to the Circuit, one of the most important sports infrastructures in Catalunya.
“For all the above reasons, the RACC asks the Government of the Generalitat, the Spanish state, the rest of administrations and the business world, collaboration, consensus, strength and unity of action to reach a stable agreement so that the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya continues to host F1 in the upcoming years.”
Barcelona is among five tracks still yet to agree terms on new contracts, with Monza, Silverstone, Hockenheim and Mexico all in talks to retain their F1 status.