Spanish GP to stay at Circuit de Catalunya

The Circuit de Catalunya will host the Spanish Grand Prix until 2006 The official announcement of the renewal of the contract that brings the Spanish Grand Prix to the Circuit de Catalunya was made today. The present contract expired at the end...

The Circuit de Catalunya will host the Spanish Grand Prix until 2006

The official announcement of the renewal of the contract that brings the Spanish Grand Prix to the Circuit de Catalunya was made today. The present contract expired at the end of the 2001 season, and it has been extended for 5 additional seasons.

The announcement was made by FIA Vice President Bernie Ecclestone and President of Catalan Government Jordi Pujol. At the rostrum, they were flanked by Catalan Government Sports and Culture Minister Jordi Vilajoana, Circuit de Catalunya Consortium President Fidel Sust, and Reial Automòbil Club de Catalunya (RACC, organiser of this GP) President Sebastià Salvadó.

"I am very happy to announce that the contract to organise the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya has been renewed for five more years. The teams, the press, we are all very happy to come to Barcelona and to have decided to stay here for a few more years. We can say that openly now, whereas before we had to say we were not that happy here...", said Ecclestone laughing, "No, seriously, we are very satisfied to come back to Barcelona".

President Pujol expressed his satisfaction about the deal and said "As President of the Catalan Government, I must say that I am highly satisfied about this agreement, which is the fruit of some very hard work. This type of agreements are presently subject to European Union approval, as many other matters affecting the Catalan government. Having reached a final agreement is very important, and securing the organisation of the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix, which arises people's interest all over the world, is a great success. We will have the chance to see that today".

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Drivers Bernie Ecclestone