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Facelift secures extension for Interlagos

Interlagos will remain the host of the Brazilian Grand Prix after a deal was sruck to extend its contract to 2020.

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."

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October 11, 2013 7:10 AM
Last Edited 121 days ago

What a ridiculous statement, 130R... Since when is Brazil broke? Don't mix the concept of country and population, they're not the same. Yes, Brazil's population is mostly poor (at least by our developed country standards) however, the country's economy is (and has been for a while now) amongst the top6 in the World. Also, Jenson might have had a close call with a thief but not too long ago Kawasaki had drugs (almost 200Kgs of it too) and guns found in their trucks in Europe... nowhere is 100% safe. And if they can have races in Russia, India and etc I can't see why Brazil wouldn't be an option. Having said that, Rio de Janeiro would have been great... I wouldn't mind watching a race there!!


October 11, 2013 6:26 AM
Last Edited 120 days ago

Doubtful Interlagos had the money Imola did to upgrade their facilities ... and where is Imola now? Brazil is broke, poverty rules ... but at least there will be new garages .... though dudes with guns skulking in the rough sort of trump any excitement of new facilities ..... just ask Jenson.

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