Guaranteeing the construction of a new pit complex appears to have secured a contract extension for Interlagos, which will continue to host the Brazilian Grand Prix until at least 2020.
Confirmation that new deal had been struck leaked out in the build-up to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, but only after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone had apparently cast around for a potential replacement. Although Interlagos' former rival, the Jacarepagua circuit, has since been demolished to make way for the Rio de Janeiro's Olympic development, Ecclestone had talked about moving back to the city – a move designed, in part, to put pressure on the Autodromo Carlos Pace to upgrade its out-dated facilities.
While alterations have been made to run-off areas in various spots following a spate of accident, the pit and paddock facilities continued to be among the worst on the calendar. Agreement has now been reached on the construction of a new facility on the straight between turns three and four. According to reports, construction is due to start next year, with the new complex available for the 2015 Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I am very happy that the mayor agreed to the investments that we asked for many years ago," Ecclestone told Brazil's Globo
, "If this had not happened, for sure we would have considered not having the race here. We are very happy now."