F1 Leaders Respond to Madrid Grand Prix Announcement

Formula 1 has announced that from 2026, races will be held on a new 5.47-kilometre circuit in Madrid, Spain, marking the return of F1 to the city after more than four decades.

Highlights

‣ Formula 1 has announced that races will begin in Madrid from 2026, with an agreement reached with IFEMA to create a new circuit.
‣ The new circuit is 5.47 kilometres long, features 20 corners, and is expected to have a qualifying time of 1 minute and 32 seconds.
‣ Both the CEO of Formula 1, Stefano Domenicali, and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem have expressed enthusiasm for the new Grand Prix in Madrid.
‣ Jose Vicente de los Mozos, president of IFEMA Madrid, has stated that the return of F1 to Madrid after more than four decades is part of a new concept combining sport and entertainment.


Formula 1 cars are set to hit Madrid’s streets in 2026. That’s the latest from Formula 1. They’ve struck a deal with IFEMA. The plan? A brand new circuit for Formula 1.

The circuit’s stats? It’s 5.47 kilometres long, boasts 20 corners, and drivers are expected to clock qualifying times of around 1 minute and 32 seconds.

Stefano Domenicali, the CEO of Formula 1, is over the moon. “Madrid is an incredible city,” he gushes. “Sporting and cultural heritage? It’s got it in spades. And now, a new chapter for F1 in Spain begins.” He’s quick to thank the IFEMA MADRID team, the Madrid regional government, and the city’s mayor for their fantastic proposal.

Ben Sulayem’s on board too

It’s not just Domenicali who’s thrilled. FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem is also chuffed with the new Grand Prix announcement. “Modern Formula 1 cars racing at a new circuit in the Spanish capital Madrid? Now that’s an attractive prospect,” he shares.

And Jose Vicente de los Mozos, president of IFEMA Madrid, can hardly contain his excitement. “Our dream of organising a major F1 event around IFEMA MADRID has come true,” he says. “We’re thrilled to announce F1’s return to Madrid after more than four decades. Madrid’s goal? To develop a new concept that fuses sport and entertainment. And of course, to deliver a memorable event.”

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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