Jerez in talks for 2021-2023 Spanish GP deal (Update)
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UPDATE (GMM) F1's return to Jerez for 2021 is still on the cards.
Spain is still on the 2020 schedule, but only because Barcelona received an eleventh-hour reprieve in the form of a single-year deal.
We reported last November that Jerez, the scene of the climactic finale of the 1997 season, is in talks with Liberty Media about a three-year deal for 2021-2023.
"The council has been working for two years so that Formula 1 returns to Jerez," the Spanish city's mayor Mamen Sanchez told Diario de Jerez at the time.
It is believed the regional government - Junta de Andalucia - may even have signed an agreement in principle with Liberty Media, involving a $25 million per year race fee.
Junta de Andalucia tourism minister Juan Marin has now told Andalucia Informacion: "I cannot say anything.
"Some claim it is done but until May or June it will not be known," he said.
"The investment for this is very high and we also need other administrations to support the cause, not just the Andalusian government."
11/19/19 (GMM) Jerez could become the next Spanish GP host.
For 2020, Spain is only remaining on the calendar because Barcelona concluded eleventh-hour negotiations for a single-year deal that involved pushing out the calendar to an unprecedented 22 races.
But for 2021, there could be a change of venues.
Citing local sources, newspapers El Mundo Deportivo and Marca claim that Jerez - which was the scene of the climactic finale of the 1997 season - is in talks with Liberty Media about a three-year deal for 2021-2023.
|Jerez is in southern Spain and it used to host F1 winter testing|
Reportedly, an agreement in principle may already have been signed for a $25 million annual fee, payable by the regional government Junta de Andalucia.
The news reportedly follows a meeting in London between Spanish officials and Chase Carey.
Jerez de la Frontera mayor Mamen Sanchez said she regrets that the information has leaked into the public.
"The council has been working for two years so that Formula 1 returns to Jerez," she told Diario de Jerez newspaper.
"I want to issue a reminder that we have a confidentiality agreement and I hope and wish that any ambition to tell the news does not frustrate the negotiations," Sanchez added.