There is a possibility of a potential companion to Barcelona on the horizon, as Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has reportedly held discussions with officials to investigate the feasibility of establishing a street circuit in the Spanish capital of Madrid. However, Spanish driver Carlos Sainz believes a street race at the capital would lead to F1 moving away from Catalunya.
Speaking to the media, he said, “I don’t think it’s the intention of everyone, especially when you look at where they are going with the races and the new horizons they have in the [United] States and everywhere, so I don’t believe two Grands Prix in Spain is feasible right now.“ A strong fan base and the popularity of F1 in a country have often resulted in the possibility of hosting multiple races.
This trend of expanding to multiple races within a single country has been observed in other locations, such as Italy and the United States, in recent times. The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya currently holds a contract until 2026 and has undergone recent renovations to enhance the quality of racing and facilities at the circuit. However, according to Carlos Sainz, Madrid can only replace the current Spanish circuit, and they cannot coexist.
The Spaniard expressed his commitment to putting in his effort to ensure the continuation of a Spanish Grand Prix, regardless of the location. He acknowledges the ongoing project and affirms his dedication to the cause, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a race in Spain for the fans and the sport.
Carlos Sainz is optimistic of a Ferrari resurgence in Barcelona courtesy of their new upgrades
Ahead of his home race, Carlos Sainz has expressed optimism regarding the upgrades Ferrari will introduce in Barcelona. This is their first major upgrade package of the season, and he hopes that these enhancements will lead to a shift in the performance of the F1-23, making it easier to handle for both himself and his teammate.
When asked about the anticipated upgrades, Sainz explained, “Hopefully a step in a different direction and a first opening of a window that allows us to start developing a car that has proved to be a very difficult car to drive, very on the edge, both in the race and in quali conditions. It is a difficult car, and it has given Charles and I some tough times. But I think hopefully it can be in the right direction.”
The 28-year-old considers Barcelona an ideal venue for testing the upgrades and evaluating the car’s performance. He sees it as an opportunity to assess how the car feels on the track and gather valuable data. He acknowledges that Barcelona is known for being a good testing circuit and expresses his hope that the upcoming race will kickstart a positive momentum for the rest of the season.
Sainz currently sits sixth in the driver’s standings, which is not where he aspires to be. He strives to be a top contender, and should Ferrari’s upgrades have the impact he desires; he can undoubtedly make a strong comeback and challenge for podiums throughout the remainder of the season.
Tanuj is a motorsport content writer for FirstSportz from Bangalore. He is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science. He is an ardent Red Bull Racing and Max Verstappen fan. Apart from religiously following Formula One every weekend, he is a passionate Real Madrid supporter, and is also his college football team's captain.
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