Valencia's president Alberto Fabra has attacked his Catalonia counterpart Artur Mas over the way he turned his back on initial plans to alternate the country's F1 race.

This week Fabra confirmed F1 will not return to his region at least in the short-term future as financial troubles continue in the coastal resort.

He added the city had much bigger priorities than to host Formula 1.

"I cannot say to an essential supplier 'I cannot pay you because we have Formula One'," Fabra told Valencian regional television.

Fabra confirmed reports that he had successful negotiated with F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone a deal which means the state of Valenciana will not be liable for up to €54m in penalties for breaking it's F1 contract.

"The document is being finalised," said Fabra, "but I can announce that we will not pay any financial penalty.

"What we have agreed is that we will not use any equipment in other circuits."

Indeed around 16 months following the final F1 race at the unpopular street circuit on Valencia's famous harbour new pictures are showing how parts of the track are now in ruin.

The photos can be seen here.

Fabra said: "In meetings with Ecclestone I explained how difficult it is right now for us to cover the budget, but I left the door open for the future, if we have different economic conditions and with the collaboration of the private sector."

The only likelihood of a Valencia comeback however is with an alternation with Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya the permanent host of the Spanish Grand Prix since 1991 and despite early talks suggesting such an alternation was possible, Fabra had harsh words for his Catalonia counterpart Artur Mas.

"We had talks with Mas, but he changed his criteria. First he agreed, and then he did not," Fabra is quoted as saying. "I regret the change of position, as administrations should be loyal to their word and commitments."

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