Maria Teixidor took over the leadership of the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya after the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix in August instead of May due to the coronavirus epidemic, but despite still announcing her plans last week, she has now left her post, reports La Vanguardia.
His role was taken over by Ramon Tremosa, the Catalan Minister for Enterprise and economist-politician.
“We are sorry, but we respect your decision,” Teixidor said of his sudden departure.
“Now, however, urgent action is needed, so I decided to temporarily take over the presidency of the track. We need to ensure that the Formula 1 contract negotiations to be concluded in October are a success. For the sake of stability, I have taken over the presidency to get out of this strange situation. ”
“The short-term goal is to resolve the issue of F1. We need to sign the contract by October, after which we can address the issue of track management. I will lead the negotiations, but I do not understand Formula 1, we have people who are much better suited for that. ”
Barcelona last year – with government financial help – extended its F1 contract at the last minute, but the agreement at the time was only for 2020, it is still unclear whether there will be a continuation.
“We don’t know what the situation will be next year, and that will make everyone rethink. We’ll see what happens to F1, but I’m afraid neither the Catalan nor the central government have as much money as last year. Circumstances have changed, ”he said of the economic downturn caused by the epidemic.