Formule 1 Op Tenerife. Foto van een race auto met op de achtergrond Teide.

Formula 1 in Tenerife

Formula 1 season is about to start again in just two weeks. Although I'm not much of a fan myself, I do occasionally watch a bit when my husband is glued to the screen. What I enjoy most is the atmosphere surrounding the F1. How tens of thousands of fans turn it into one big party. Wherever you are in the world, it's all about fun. And no supporters getting into fights or smashing shop windows afterwards if their 'team' hasn't won. That's the way it should be!

Sustainability and Economy

Climate neutrality is not exactly a characteristic of such a racing spectacle. Besides the emissions from the race cars, there is the logistics of moving the entire F1 circus around the globe. And the fans - who often spare no expense or effort to experience this live - also contribute to this.  

Speaking of 'contributing': from an economic point of view such a spectacle is interesting, as all those fans will ultimately have to spend the night somewhere and need to eat. 

Soon in Tenerife too?

That Tenerife wants to get a piece of the action is understandable. Under the name Circuito Insular del Motor, a project proposal has been underway for years to build a new circuit on Tenerife suitable for both motor racing and Formula 1 testing.

The plan is for this circuit to be built near the village of Atogo, belonging to the municipality of Granadilla de Abona (near Tenerife Sur airport). It is rumored to cover an area of 650,000 m2, with 16 turns and a straight section of 800 meters. The project is expected to be completed by 2027. Click here for the official website of the Circuito Insular del Motor, where you can take a look.

Protype Motor Circuit
Prototype Circuito Insular del Motor

Local population is not really happy 

While the wealthy magnates undoubtedly rub their hands together at such a grand project, the local population, to put it mildly, is not very pleased.  

In addition to concerns about the environmental impact, irritation among the local population is also growing due to the increasing tourism on Tenerife. This is not so much directed at the tourists themselves but is related to a fundamental problem in the island's structure.  

With fully booked hotels and a growing housing shortage, many residents experience the daily consequences of the tourist influx. Due to the rise of vacation rentals, the prices of the few available homes in the south have become unaffordable. Hospitality workers are forced to move to more affordable areas - far from their workplace - resulting in daily traffic jams on the highways. Some employees prefer to avoid the traffic by sleeping in their cars during the week, just to arrive at work on time. A distressing situation.

This situation raises questions about the sustainability of further tourist growth and its impact on the island and its residents. 


It is understandable that the economic benefits of the motor circuit seem attractive, but it is crucial that these do not come at the expense of the environment and the quality of life of the local community.  

It is necessary for the authorities and project developers to closely collaborate with local stakeholders to ensure that any harmful consequences are minimized and appropriate measures are taken to protect the natural beauty of Tenerife.   

So we will have to wait for more news.   

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