European Grand Prix

The European Grand Prix is a Formula One event currently hosted in Valencia, Spain. Formerly an honorific awarded to the best grand prix in Europe, the European Grand Prix has been raced as a unique Formula One event since 1999.

Laps: 57
Lap Distance: 5.440km
Race Distance: 310.080km

Valencia Street Circuit

The Valencia Street Circuit presently hosts the European Grand Prix. The circuit comprises public streets in the Valencia port district as well as a number of roads specially constructed to transform the area into a world class racing circuit.

The Valencia Street Circuit is one of the most challenging in the World Championship, with drivers having to negotiate 25 bends per lap. The Valencia Street Circuit provides ideal conditions for grand prix racing, as the European Grand Prix takes place in the middle of the European summer.

European Grand Prix History

The term ‘European Grand Prix’ was first used to describe the 1923 Italian Grand Prix. Rather than describing a particular grand prix, the term was awarded to the finest grand prix in Europe, a tradition that continued until 1977 when the British Grand Prix became the last grand prix to be awarded the European Grand Prix honorific.

During the mid-1980s the European Grand Prix was resurrected to describe a succession of stopgap European races that filled the void caused by the late cancellation of scheduled grand prix.

In 1993 the European Grand Prix was established as a Formula One fixture, but led a nomadic existence and rotated around racecourses throughout Europe, before finding a home at Germany’s Nürburgring circuit in 1999.

In 2007 it was announced that Germany would forfeit the European Grand Prix in compliance with Bernie Ecclestone’s policy of allowing each European country to host only one grand prix race during a given season.

A decision was subsequently made to move the European Grand Prix to Spain. Many in the Formula One community regarded this decision as perverse, since it indicated preferential treatment of Spain by awarding it with a second Formula One Grand Prix event per season.

The Future of the European Grand Prix

In 2007 Bernie Ecclestone announced that the European Grand Prix would be hosted in Valencia until at least 2016, guaranteeing Spain two grand prix for the foreseeable future. While the future of the European Grand Prix is assured, there has been speculation that the name of the race may change before Valencia’s contract with Formula One’s governing body expires.

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