The head of Spanish motorsport has confirmed that the future of the Valencia Valenciastreet circuit as a Grand Prix venue is very much assured.

Did I just just hear a collective scream of horror? No, it was just me screaming…!

Race attendance figures at last year’s European GP – just the second race to be staged at the port venue – were so low that there were rumours that the venue might be mercifully euthanised taken off the calendar.

As it stands, the event promoter’s contract runs until the 2014 season.

Conceived as a means of allowing Spanish fans two opportunities to have two really dull races opportunities to cheer their home hero Fernando Alonso each year, the extremely artificial street circuit has been roundly panned by F1 fans for lacking in atmosphere and producing processional races.

Last year’s 57-lap coma race failed to produce a single genuine overtaking manoeuvre! Even Monte Carlo and Hungary produce more overtaking, and that’s saying something!

However, it seems our misery it set to continue, with Spanish motorsport boss Carlos Gracia confirming that it’s full steam ahead for Valencia for the next five seasons.

"Last year [the event promoters] were not positive but now they have told me that they are fulfilling religiously all the years they have left on the contract," he told AS newspaper.

Well, at least I won’t have trouble sleeping that weekend!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.