F1 » COMMENT: What is the future for Brazil in F1?

The incidents of last weekend at Interlagos have cast something of a shadow over the future of the Brazilian Grand Prix on the F1 World Championship calendar. Should one of the world's leading sports continue to travel to a place where it puts its stars in danger..?

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Maxx - Unregistered

November 10, 2010 5:57 PM

Bernie knows that with all the money that is going into the Olympics and World Cup, the country won't be opening up the purse strings to spend money to upgrade the facilites and surrounding areas. Let Herman Tilke design something for the area near the track, but, don't let him any where near the track.

AndyC - Unregistered

November 10, 2010 6:21 PM

The track has held lots of great races with a superb atmosphere, and even though it has only held F1 races since the 70's it is still one of the older historic tracks still used. There are more and more of these old tracks dissapearing from the calender to be replaced by bland modern tracks where the spectactors need binoculars to see the circuit, such is the ultra safe giant run off/run back on areas nowadays. Maybe the security of the event needs to be improved, but the race should stay.

Vinnie Barbarino - Unregistered

November 10, 2010 6:58 PM

If the Brazilian Military can't walk into a shanty area then your safety is in danger anywhere in Brazil. On that note the track is amazing but perhaps it is getting out of hand. 6 million cars in Sao Paulo with 86 thousand already converted to bullet proof and 3 thousand per year and rising being converted by 120 companies. The business is booming and soon all will be converted to bullet proof then the criminals will upgrade to a magnetic bomb on top of your hood being placed and if you don't get out and give your goods away, you will die. Brazil,Ecuador and the list goes on in South America when it comes to personal safety it is a joke.

Alan D - Unregistered

November 10, 2010 7:20 PM

Brazil has been a long-time supporter of F1, it has a great track, and this year there are four Brazilian drivers in F1 (Rubens, Massa, di Grassi and Senna), and another as a reserve driver at Virgin. Brazil has a lot more involvement in F1 and in motor racing in general than Abu Dhabi or Bahrain, for example.

Against that, it suffers endemic violence, has no-go areas, and its human rights record isn't great, (although still better than China). With its social problems, is hosting a Grand Prix economic sense for a country like Brazil?

There are good reasons for asking if F1, or any other major sporting event, should be hosted in Brazil. Its says something about us that we don't bother to ask those questions until someone moderately famous almost has an incident.

Gordo - Unregistered

November 10, 2010 7:21 PM

**...and they entertained the idea of going back to South Africa. Any city can be dangerous. Over-reaction to such a minor incident. As Bernie said: 'Probably someone trying to sell hats.' Machine guns? LMAO. Maybe next time they should just put Jenz in a beatup Fiat Punto and he wouldn't be such an obvious target.

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