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GP Week : Issue 220
F1 >>> news As Formula One moves ever more races out of europe, the future of the spanish Grand Prix is at least secure until 2019. Announced over the weekend, it was confirmed a new three year deal had been struck keeping the race at the Barcelona circuit for three years beyond the end of the current deal - which had been set to expire after next year's race. “We are extremely proud to announce this renewal in such a special year, marking the 25th anniversary of Formula 1 Grands Prix being hosted uninterruptedly at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya,” said Vicenc Aguilera, spokesman for the event. “We thus extend this fruitful relationship with Formula One and we look for ward to the next 25 years." Spain first appeared on the Formula One calendar in 1951 when Juan-Manuel Fangio won around Pedrables. It was not until 1968 though that the country became a permanent fixture on the calendar, alternating between the purpose built Jarama circuit and the streets of Montjuic Park. That arrangement came to an end following the disastrous 1975 race which saw five spectators killed when Rolf Stommolen crashed out, a weekend that had started off on the wrong foot when most drivers refused to practice when it was found guardrails hadn't been installed correctly. There was drama at the 1980 event too. Held at the height of the FISA-FOCA war the event was eventually declared a non-championship race after Alan Jones won for Williams. From 1982-85 the race was absent from the calendar but returned at Jerez for 1986 when Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna raced to one of the closest finishes in Formula One history before the race moved to Barcelona in 1991 where the Spanish Grand Prix has found a home ever since. three more years F1 >>> news 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news Bookcoversnotcontractual GPWeek_A5.qxp_Mise en page 1 16/12/2014 12:28 Page1