'Barcelona and Valencia to alternate from 2013'
9 March 2012 – F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has explained that the current rounds in Barcelona and Valencia are set to alternate from next season, with the circuits close to agreeing biennial contracts. The long-term future of both venues had previously been in doubt, but Ecclestone has formed the idea after meetings with both parties.
"Both Valencia and Barcelona have agreed that the best (situation) is to alternate and now we are trying to choose the dates," Ecclestone told Radio Valencia-Cadena. "It is just to see how we can help Valencia and, alternating with Barcelona, it is a good solution. The alternation between Valencia and Barcelona would be a good, provided that they all seem fine. "
Ecclestone added that the current agreement with Valencia has been respected, with the street circuit's 2012 event definitely remaining on the calendar.
"We talked about many things in the meeting I had with (Valencia Mayor) Rita Barbera, including football, but I was very happy when I confirmed that we would honor the contract we currently have. All is well and everything is paid. There is no doubt."
The Circuit de Catalunya, near Barcelona, has hosted the Spanish Grand Prix in its latest stint since 1991, while the Valencia Street Circuit joined the calendar in 2008.