F1 Chief Excecutive says “An annually alternating race date would be a good solution to Spain’s Formula One crisis” after reports that both Valencia and Barcelona could drop their Grands Prix amid Europe’s fragile economic situation.
Ecclestone said last year an alternating scheme was possible for Spain’s two annual races, but Valencia turned down the opportunity when it was suggested by Barcelona race chiefs. Catalonia government officials sounded open to the idea as recently as last week.
“What’s been talked about more is that Barcelona would like to alternate with Valencia” Ecclestone told the Financial Times. “Maybe it’s a good thing. Maybe it’s the way to go.”
Spain’s EFE news agency quotes Jose Ciscar, vice president of the Generalitat Valenciana, as saying the government is open “to any solution” after vowing to analyze the affordability of major events.
He admitted alternating with Barcelona could be “less burdensome” for Valencia.