Despite rumours linking the race to another venue, Bernie Ecclestone says that the Brazilian Grand Prix will remain in Sao Paulo if plans to rebuild the crumbling Interlagos infrastructure come to fruition.
Although the drivers love the swooping layout, the teams are not quite so happy to make the annual trip to Interlagos as they have to deal with some of the most cramped paddock space of the season, and Ecclestone finally appeared to have lost patience with a venue that always seemed to get a let-off when it came to renewing its contract.
As recently as last week, the Brazilian Grand prix was being linked to a switch to either Rio de Janeiro – at a new venue to coincide with the 2016 Olympic Games – or the impressive Beto Carrero entertainment complex, which already boasts world class motocross and karting facilities and is in the process of building a full race circuit.
Speaking to journalists at the Bahrain Grand prix, however, Ecclestone claimed to have been given assurances from the mayor of Sao Paulo, Fernando Haddad, that would see Interlagos given a widespread facelift to bring it in line with F1's current expectations.
"I've just received a letter from the mayor, and he's guaranteed to revamp the whole facilities there, which will be good,” Ecclestone noted, “We've been waiting long enough but, if Sao Paulo do what they say they're going to do, then we don't need to move.
"It's a super race track, but the facilities need a big facelift. They need to tidy it up a bit - and they know what the deadline is!”