Formula 1 Will Move Spanish Grand Prix to Madrid in 2026

Jackson Wheeler
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  • The F1 Spanish Grand Prix, which has been held in Barcelona at the Catalunya Circuit since 1991, is relocating to a Madrid in 2026.
  • The deal calls for the race to be held in Madrid from 2026-35.
  • A new street circuit that will include city streets and non-street sections.

The Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix is moving.

The race, which has been held in Barcelona at the Catalunya Circuit since 1991, is relocating to a Madrid in 2026 as part of a 10-year deal announced today by Formula 1. The race will be contested from 2026-2035 at a new street circuit that will include city streets and non-street sections.

According to F1, the new 5.47 km circuit will feature 20 corners, be anchored by the IFEMA Exhibition Centre, and produce lap times project to be 1 minute, 32 seconds. The new venue is expected to host more than 110,000 fans per day with a long-range plan of adding enough grandstands to increase the capacity to 140,000.

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The new circuit in Madrid will incorporate both city streets and stretches of road built specifically for race.

The current layout at Catalunya holds approximately 140,000. One of the attractions to the Madrid layout is that it will be located just five minutes from the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez airport, making it as easy commute for fans and teams.

“Madrid is an incredible city with amazing sporting and cultural heritage, and today’s announcement begins an exciting new chapter for F1 in Spain. 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. It truly epitomizes 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.”

The deal will end the series’ run at Barcelona earlier than some expected, as the Catalunya Circuit was expected to host the Spanish Grand Prix at least through 2026.

“Modern Formula 1 cars racing on a new circuit in the Spanish capital city of Madrid is an enticing prospect,” said Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the FIA. “It is pleasing to see that the local organizers 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.”

Formula 1 last race in Greater Madrid at Jarama in 1981.

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Mike Pryson covered auto racing for the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot and MLive Media Group from 1991 until joining Autoweek in 2011. He won several Michigan Associated Press and national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for auto racing coverage and was named the 2000 Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club’s Michigan Motorsports Writer of the Year. A Michigan native, Mike spent three years after college working in southwest Florida before realizing that the land of Disney and endless summer was no match for the challenge of freezing rain, potholes and long, cold winters in the Motor City.

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