Starting in 2026, the Spanish Grand Prix is taking a victory lap from Barcelona to Madrid. Since 1991, the Circuito de Barcelona-Catalunya has been the home track for this prestigious race. But in a major pit stop change, Madrid will now take the pole position as the new host, marking its first time since 1981 to wave the checkered flag for Spain’s Grand Prix.
Madrid – A New Circuit on the Block
The Grand Prix in Madrid will zoom around a brand-new Spanish Grand Prix track spanning 5.47km, nestled between the Ifema Exhibition Center and Barajas Airport. This track is not just a fast lane; it’s also paving the way for environmental friendliness. Formula 1, with its eyes on the prize of net-zero emissions by 2030, announces this race to be one of the most accessible, with 90% of fans able to reach the starting line using public transportation.
Green Light for Sustainability and Expansion
The new Madrid Spanish Grand Prix track, boasting 20 corners and blending street racing with traditional track, is set to welcome 110,000 fans daily, with plans to rev up to 140,000. This shift gears Madrid into one of the largest venues in the Formula One Grand Prix calendar. Moreover, this sustainable track aligns with Formula 1’s green race towards a net-zero carbon footprint.
Spain’s Racing Heart Beats Stronger
Spain’s passion for F1 and Formula One standings is accelerating, partly fueled by the return of Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz’s leading run with Ferrari. Sainz, in particular, broke the Red Bull dominance with his win in the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix. The new Madrid Spanish Grand Prix track symbolizes not just a change of venue, but a revving up of Spain’s enduring love for the high-octane world of Formula 1. The F1 Grand Prix teams are all set for the change in venue!