Pere Aragonés refuses to give up Formula 1 in Catalonia despite his arrival in Madrid: “Sometimes we are a bit provincial”

While the Madrid institutions prepare the presentation in style of the GP Madridthis Tuesday at Ifema, The Generalitat of Catalonia remains firm in its commitment to continue with a grand prix that has been held uninterruptedly at the Circuit de Barcelona for 33 years. The president Peter Aragonés He referred to the issue today and warned that although F1 arrives in Madrid in 2026, they do not plan to give up their place on the calendar.

Aragonès, interviewed by Catalunya Radio, has assured that “we are moving forward and working positively” to achieve a long-term agreement with the ‘Gran Circo’ and has made it clear that the Madrid announcement, which will have the presence of the president of the Isabel Díaz Ayuso Community and the mayor of the capital José Luís Martínez Almeidawill not change the plans of the Generalitat: “Sometimes from Catalonia we are a bit provincial, because when I don’t know who is sneezing, we all look there. You don’t have to look in one direction all day. We have many assets in this country and we must vindicate them,” she said forcefully.

And when asked if he thinks F1 going to Madrid is a ‘sneeze’, Aragonés has remained firm: “Let it go? If there can be grand prixes in other places, that is a question for F1. We are working with them at the Circuit de Montmeló, there is a very good relationship, in 2024 we will have a grand prix and from 2026 we are working to ensure continuity of the grand prix held in Catalonia. From here on, whatever can be done do in other places, they will say. Let’s value what we have, not to stay where we are, but to see the potential that we can continue to exploit,” said the president of the Generalitat.

Aragonès has insisted that the Government is “working with F1 and the relationship is good. We hope to continue for a few more years, to be able to renew. We will announce it when we have it signed, the rhythms will not be set for us from outside,” he said about tomorrow’s announcement. “Progress is good, the work is positive, and the future of F1 in Barcelona will depend on the Circuit and F1, It will not depend on anything else,” he said.

2024-01-22 15:53:23
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