Formula 1 has renewed its deal with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to keep the Spanish Grand Prix on the calendar until at least 2026.

Spain’s long-term future had been in doubt over recent seasons having only signed a one-year extension after the 2020 race.

Barcelona has been a regular fixture on the F1 schedule since 1991, making it one of the longest-serving grand prix circuits of the current venues.

As part of the new agreement, the track and facilities will undergo improvements ahead of the 2022 race having largely remained unchanged since it was built in the run-up to the 1992 Olympic Games.

“We are delighted to announce this deal with Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“I want to thank the promoter and the authorities for their enthusiasm and commitment to keeping Formula 1 in Barcelona, with improvements that will be made to the track and facilities, and continuing our long history together.

“The teams and drivers always look forward to racing at the circuit and visiting Barcelona, and the Spanish fans will continue to see their national heroes, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, up close.”

Roger Torrent, the Catalan minister of business and labour and president of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, stressed the strive for sustainability was a key factor in agreeing a new deal.

“We welcome the renewal of this contract, which includes a mutual commitment clause to help us turn Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya into a model and world benchmark of sustainability applied to this type of facility,” said Torrent.

“We want the circuit to become an exponent of the green transformation and the adaptation of infrastructures to the demands of the climate emergency.”

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