With Spain set to alternate its two races between Barcelona and Valencia, the future of the harbourside ‘snooze fest’ circuit has been thrown into doubt with thieves and vandals looting it, as well as all maintenance seemingly being stopped.
The Spanish press has reported that it has fallen into ‘serious ruin and disrepair’, with no regular maintenance being conducted and numerous areas of the circuit being destroyed and ‘ransacked’.
The infrastructure – including electronic control boxes, the pit lane and wire posts – have been vandalised, with access tunnels also flooded by standing water.
Further damage has also been caused to the famous swing bridge section of the circuit, which reportedly cost over two million Euros to construct when the circuit was completed in 2008.
The vanue is expected to see Formula One return in 2014, although if the current state of the circuit continues, this will be put into serious doubt.