Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the organisers of the European Grand Prix (At Valencia) and the Spanish Grand Prix (At Catalunya) have agreed to alternate the races from 2013 onwards. Both races, Held in Spain, are heavily hit by the economic downturn, much like the country that they are in.
Catalunya who currently holds the Spanish Grand Prix in May, aswell as two of the three pre-season tests, will then only be on track for race conditions every two years. Valencia, which has been on the race calendar since 2008, is often criticised for not producing an exciting race in a track where it is too hard to overtake. This track will also play host to the Spanish Grand Prix every two years.
This leaves the question open, What will happen to the European Grand Prix? With more and more race taking place in Asia and America, will the race be demolished and given to a “Flyaway” destination? Or perhaps the French-Belgian situation, in which Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) and France (Paul-Ricard circuit) will alternate tracks every year, could be solved by giving the French Grand Prix the title of European Grand Prix and keeping the popular and legendary circuit at Spa-Francorchamps on the calendar.
The Spanish Grand Prix takes place on 11-13 May 2012.
The European Grand Prix will be held on 22-24 June 2012.