The Spanish Grand Prix officials have announced that the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will continue to host the Formula 1 World Championship until 2019 after successfully negotiating a contract extension with Formula One Management (FOM).

This weekend’s event marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the circuit’s inaugural race in 1991, when it took over hosting duties from the Curcuito de Jerez – the latter held two European Grands Prix in 1994 and 1997.

This year’s Grand Prix was the penultimate in the venue’s existing contract with FOM, but a new deal has been struck to continue its presence as a mainstay event on an ever-expanding calendar.

Despite being widely criticised for a history of processional races, the circuit is noted for being one of the most aerodynamically challenging tracks on the calendar; it is also a regular venue for pre-season testing.

“We are extremely proud to announce this renewal in such a special year, marking the 25th anniversary of Formula One Grand Prix being hosted uninterruptedly at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya,” the circuit’s president, Vincenç Aguilera, said.

“We thus extend this fruitful relationship with Formula One and we look forward to the next 25 years.”

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