Barcelona still not giving up on F1

May 12 (GMM) Barcelona is still not giving up on hosting the Spanish grand prix in 2020.

Widespread sources say Liberty Media is about to confirm that a Dutch GP at Zandvoort will take Barcelona’s race date.

But Vincenc Aguilera, the Circuit de Catalunya president, says he is still playing to win.

“It’s a poker game and I give myself high chances,” he told El Mundo newspaper.

“I prefer to think about our chances at 80 or 90 per cent. Every day there is less time, but we are going to play to win.

“To use a football analogy, if we get it, I’ll be happy that it’s in the 95th minute, because in the end it’s only the result that counts,” Aguilera added.

But he expressed disappointment with the apparent ‘leaks’ about Barcelona’s situation, with one Liberty-linked publication having broken the story about Zandvoort.

“There have been leaks and that does not seem right by definition,” said the Barcelona boss. “Now we will see if they really hurt or not.

“The important thing is to continue working to get something good for the country.”

But Aguilera admitted that if Spain does drop off the F1 calendar, a comeback will be very difficult in the future.

“If it is lost, recovery will be difficult and long,” he said.

“We will pay more, not less, and it will take many years to have it again.”

Related News

  • 02/05/2019 Spanish GP negotiations not dead yet May 2 (GMM) Barcelona has not yet been locked out of the 2020 F1 calendar. This week, reports suggested that with Zandvoort set to host a race next year, the new Dutch GP could actually […]
  • 14/05/2019 2020 Dutch GP does not stop Barcelona talks May 14 (GMM) Zandvoort's soon-to-be-announced 2020 Dutch GP does not mean Barcelona is out of the running to also be on the calendar next year. Vincenc Aguilera, the Circuit de Catalunya […]
  • 06/03/2019 No 2020 Spanish GP negotiations yet Mar.6 (GMM) Negotiations with Liberty Media about extending Barcelona's F1 race contract have not even started yet. The Circuit de Catalunya is among a handful of race promoters who are […]
  • 12/12/2018 Barcelona hopes for new F1 contract Dec.12 (GMM) Organisers of the Spanish grand prix are still not sure they will reach a new agreement with Liberty Media. Vicenc Aguilera, the Circuit de Catalunya boss, told Spanish […]
  • 07/05/2019 ‘No panic’ amid Barcelona axe reports May 7 (GMM) Barcelona circuit boss Vincenc Aguilera says there is "no panic" amid reports that talks to extend the Spanish GP beyond this weekend's race have broken down. Some outlets […]
  • 28/11/2018 Hockenheim not worried about Dutch GP Nov.28 (GMM) A German GP official says he is not worried about news that The Netherlands could host a F1 race once again. De Telegraaf newspaper reports that talks between Zandvoort and […]
  • 09/05/2017 F1 ‘different’ post-Ecclestone – Barcelona May 9 (GMM) "Things are different" now that Bernie Ecclestone is no longer in charge of formula one. That is the claim of Vicenc Aguilera, the president of the long-time Spanish grand […]
  • 26/06/2019 Zandvoort boss plays down Dutch GP doubts Jun.26 (GMM) Zandvoort boss Robert van Overdijk has played down concerns about the circuit's place on the 2020 calendar. Although a contract between the promoter and Liberty Media has […]
  • 13/06/2019 Politician wants grid girls on Dutch GP grid Jun.13 (GMM) A Dutch parliamentarian wants grid girls to be on the Zandvoort grid next year. Early last year, F1 owner Liberty Media controversially banned grid girls from every grand […]
  • 08/05/2019 Spanish GP negotiations ‘completely alive’ May 8 (GMM) Negotiations to keep Barcelona on the F1 calendar are "completely alive". That is the claim of what the Spanish newspaper Marca calls an "authorised source". Recent reports […]