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FOM head Bernie Ecclestone has verified that Spain’s pair of Formula 1 races will take it in turns to host their events from next season onwards. In 2013, Barcelona will continue as home of the Spanish Grand Prix before Valencia – which currently races under the European Grand Prix title – takes its own turn a year later.
The change comes as the regional governments of Valencia and Catalonia are attempting to cut back on costs and have encouraged the move for many months. The decision means that, in 2014, Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya will be off the Formula 1 calendar for the first time since the venue made its debut in 1991.
“The race will be here in 2013 and in Valencia in 2014,” Ecclestone told Reuters on Saturday, confirming what GPUpdate.net had already reported as highly likely.
The switch also means that, next year, the European Grand Prix title will be absent from the F1 schedule for the first time since 1998; a year later, Germany’s Nürburgring hosted the event, having previously used the Luxembourg Grand Prix title.
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