Officials at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya plan to apply for FIA homologation of the non-chicane layout of the track.
Formula 1 has visited the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya annually since it acquired the hosting rights for the Spanish Grand Prix in 1991.
It signed a contract extension last year to remain on Formula 1’s calendar through 2026.
The circuit has undergone a number of revisions in its history but one of the most dramatic came in 2007, when a chicane was installed in the final sector of the lap.
It bypassed the previous fast right-hander at the penultimate corner and also created a lower entry speed into the final corner of the lap.
The chicane has proved largely unpopular among drivers and spectators.
MotoGP briefly utilised the chicane following the death of Luis Salom in a Moto2 event at the penultimate corner in 2016 but the gravel run-off at the turn was extended in 2018, enabling the championship to revert to the old layout.
Formula 1 has mooted the idea of using the old layout but has never before proposed serious plans.
Organizers at the venue now plan to apply for homologation of the version of the track without the chicane in order for respective promoters to choose whether to use it or not.
Each circuit layout requires FIA Grade 1 homologation before it can be used for a Formula 1 grand prix.
The most recent tweak to the circuit’s layout came in 2021 when Turn 10 was reprofiled into a long-radius left-hander.
Next year’s Spanish Grand Prix is scheduled for June 4.
Good thing too. At the very least they should make it more like Variante Ascari at Monza to allow more speed to be carried through into the last corner and onto the pit straight, they could even make turn thirteen the start of it to have a longer run into the last corner. Preferably, though, just do away with the chicane altogether.