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F1 Brazilian GP: Brazilian Grand Prix under threat?

One of the most iconic and longest-serving events on the F1 calendar, the Brazilian Grand Prix, could be under threat from 2017...
The Brazilian Grand Prix could be under threat beyond this year's event due to a delay in completing renovation works at Interlagos.

One of F1's longest-serving and most iconic races, Interlagos' current deal with Bernie Ecclestone runs until 2020 but remains dependent on renovations to the pit-lane and paddock complex being completed.

Though headway had been made in time for the 2016 race, the second phase of the development has stalled as Brazil's faces financial and political crisis in the wake of impeachment for President Dilma Rousseff and the pressures applied by the impending Olympic Games in Rio this summer.

As a result, Ecclestone has signalled dissatisfaction that works may not be completed and, according to Auto Motor Und Sport, this could nullify its contract beyond 2016. Brazil has hosted a round of the F1 world championship since 1973, most at Sao Paulo's Interlagos circuit, but Ecclestone is also understood to be applying pressure to TV company Globo to up its coverage.

The threat to Brazil comes as F1 continues to explore new markets as longer-running 'heritage' events struggle to find the funding to meet new contract demands. The Italian and German races are already under threat beyond 2016, with new events – potentially Las Vegas – seemingly waiting in the wings, while F1 heads to Azerbaijan for the first time this week with the 'Grand Prix of Europe' event.

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June 14, 2016 12:16 PM

Brazil was said no long ago to be the biggest F1 audience in any one country and every year we have this thing of Bernnie threatening to pull their contract... sure, go ahead old mate. It's not like F1 is on a steady decline lately or anything.


June 14, 2016 9:03 PM

Oh here we go again. Bernie moaning because there's not enough space for his champagne quaffing pals to loaf around trying to look important. Never mind that its a half decent track in a country that has produced more than its fair share of champions. Nope, just try to fleece the track, the fans and the TV viewers by forcing the costs to unaffordable levels. As usual, get rid of the free TV coverage and watch the audience plummet. Demand ever increasing fees from the track and then eventually replace the race with another in some distant godforsaken dictatorship with no interest in F1 but with a lot of dodgy money to flash around to 'improves their image'. Mammon must be fed.

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