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Rio de Janeiro in F1 race bid

12 November 2012


Rio de Janeiro mayor Mayor Eduardo Paes has confirmed plans to try and bring F1 back to the Brazilian city.

According to reports over the weekend he is now looking to enter into talks with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and while he initially he wants to see if Brazil could have two races, he is also prepared to try and challenge Interlagos' place on the F1 calendar, if that proves necessary.

“Be prepared Sao Paulo because I am going to steal the Formula One from you!” Paes said at a press conference to announce Rio's new international speedway.

Rio last hosted a round of the F1 World Championship at the Jacarepagua circuit back in 1989. The Jacarepagua circuit was home to the Brazilian GP on ten occasions, with the first race there in 1978.

Interlagos, which was the location for the very first Brazilian GP in 1972, in contrast, has been used for the event 30 times and it has been used continuously ever since 1990.

The circuit has a contract with Ecclestone and Formula One Management until 2015.


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