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The F-1 asks Catalonia to invest 80 million in Montmeló if it does not want the Grand Prix to go to Jerez

The Montmeló circuit has become outdated. That is the reflection that the leaders of Formula 1 have reached to demand from the consortium formed by the Generalitat of Catalonia, the RACC (Royal Automobile Club of Catalonia), Montmeló City Council and Barcelona City Council an immediate investment of 80 million euros in the racetrack.After the celebration of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Catalonia, the CEO of the competition Stefano Domenicali – known for being the former boss of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari team – requested a total restyling in a circuit that It has not been renewed since 1991, the date of its premiere. Only the asphalt has undergone modifications, while the boxes, the paddock and other buildings present in the facility remain as they were three decades ago and with no 5G connection available. Domenicali was especially aggressive in his meeting with the Montmeló leaders demanding more activities in Barcelona such as the creation of leisure and fan meeting areas. The leaders of the circuit – who religiously pay the fee of 22 million euros per year to host the race – asked in return for a long-term commitment from the Formula 1 organization to undertake the investment. Montmeló would agree to make this economic effort as long as guarantee the continuity of the career for at least 2027, a requirement that the Liberty group has certain reservations about by not signing such long-term contracts. The owners of Formula 1 believe that the fees will go up in the coming years and perhaps signing a contract like this may go against their interests.After the Montmeló circuit was the ‘pretty girl’ of the Formula 1 leaders, the decision to send the teams’ winter tests to Bahrain was the first sign that things were not going quite well. Now Domenicali is going to tighten the nuts in view of the fact that there are more options with the announced reform of the Jerez circuit and the strength of other European tracks such as the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Montmeló, if he doesn’t let go of the money, could have his days numbered at the Gran Circo.

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