The street circuit in Valencia harbour, which made it´s debut on the calendar in 2008, has been left to decay, says Marca.
The Spanish publication has revealed that the once so attractive and inviting venue, home to million dollar yachts and the rich, famous and hoards of wannabe´s, have now fallen into a terrible state. Since the 2012 race in July, thieves have stripped most of the infrastructure apart, for cash, and the departure of the F1 circus last summer, has left the organisers with the task of maintaining the circuit, which they have failed miserably. Several spots around the circuit shows that the organisers have neglected the circuit completely.
“A bridge that cost two million euros is now used only by vagrants,” Marca writes.For some reason, perhaps as souvenirs, manhole covers have been taken, the pitboxes that used to house cars and equipment worth millions, have been stripped of any electrical wiring, as well as windows and doors, lightposts have had wiring taken out as well.
“Now, far from the glamour, the neighbours complain that there is no supervision and that thieves have taken everything of any value,” Marca continues.
Valencia hosted the European Grand Prix, while Catalunya hosted the Spanish race, but from this season the two venues was originally planned to alternate, starting with the Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya. The second American GP in New Jersey, postponed from 2013 to 2014, takes over the spot from Valencia.
I don´t think many race fans will shed a tear about this news at all. Valencia did saw a surge in spectators last year, as well as lot more action on the circuit due to the 2012 rules, but the track was never a spectators dream, far from it. Also, the venue proves too well, that sometimes it´s a good idea to shop around a little more and not settle for the biggest cash pile.