The announcement has been official since Tuesday, Spain will have a second Grand Prix. In addition to Catalonia, Madrid will also organize its GP from 2026. A situation which will not go unnoticed by certain drivers including Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso. The Aston Martin driver therefore has a new objective and an additional ambition to continue his career. However, Lewis Hamilton seems untouchable with his eight home victories.
In 2026, Spain may have two Grands Prix. Indeed, in addition to the race in Montmelo, organized in Catalonia, the FIA announced that from 2026, Madrid would also have its GP. A ten-year deal has been signed for F1 to return to the Spanish capital for the first time since 1981. Modern Formula 1 racing at a new circuit in the Spanish capital, Madrid, is an enticing prospect. As we move towards the introduction of the FIA Formula 1 regulations for 2026, which have been developed with a net zero carbon target by 2030, it is also pleasing to see that local organizers have placed an emphasis on environmental sustainability in their plans for their 2026 event », explained thus Mohammed Ben Sulayem, president of the FIA. For the moment, Spain is therefore guaranteed to have a Grand Prix, but the second is still uncertain since the contract with the current race located in Catalonia ends in 2026.
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“It could be a challenge for Fernando”
Whatever happens, it is the race in Madrid which will recover the title of Spanish Grand Prix. A prospect that could well delight Fernando Alonso. The idea of competing in a race in the streets of the capital of his country where he is an idol obviously has something to seduce the double world champion who declared last year that he would be “ happy to race in Madrid if I’m still here in 2026. If I’m not here I’ll watch on TV and it won’t change much “. In fact, his contract with Aston Martin ends at the end of 2024 and it would therefore be necessary to extend two years to see it on the streets of Madrid. He will then be 44 years old. But Stefano Domenicalithe big boss of F1 assures, in comments reported by Nextgen-auto.comwhat ” It could be a challenge for Fernando to extend his career until racing in 2026, when he will be 45 years old. Can you imagine Fernando winning in Madrid? I can only think it can happen here. But it will depend on his choices. He’s still in good shape and if the Aston Martin project continues to progress, who knows? »
Hamilton untouchable on his land
It must be said that this could be an opportunity for Fernando Alonso to win his national Grand Prix once again. Winner at Barcelona in 2006, the year of his second world title, and in 2013, his last victory, the Spanish driver therefore won the race on his home soil twice. In 2012, Fernando Alonso had also imposed itself on Valence, but it was the European Grand Prix, and therefore does not enter into the calculations for the number of victories in his domestic Grand Prix. Therefore, if he continues his career until 2026, he could have the opportunity to win the Spanish GP a third time. However, this will be very insufficient to equal the master’s record in this area, namely Lewis Hamilton who won eight times at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. In this ranking of drivers who have won their national Grand Prix the most, Alain Prost is second with six successes French Grand Prixon three different circuits. Jim Clark completes the podium with five victories at the British GP and is ahead Juan-Manuel Fangio (4 victories in Argentina), Nigell Mansell (4 victories in Great Britain) and Michael Schumacher (4 victories in Germany). To note that Max Verstappen won three times in the Netherlands.