Already regarded as the country for Formula 1 testing, Spain may be set for yet another F1-standard venue, with rumours that a new track could be built close to the country's capital of Madrid.

Hot on the heels of revelations that Rome is in the process of developing a possible grand prix circuit, it now emerges that discussions are taking place regarding a new track in Barajas, near Madrid's international airport.

Ignacio Gonzalez, vice-president of the Comunidad de Madrid, told Spanish newspaper Diario AS that he is behind the project, which could be used for F1 testing.

"The technical, environmental and other agencies will act on the matter," he related, "but in principle I welcome the proposal."

Spain currently has two F1 tracks - Barcelona and the street circuit of Valencia, which began hosting the European Grand Prix last season. Jerez also welcomed the top flight back in 1997, and is currently used for testing purposes and MotoGP.



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