Interlagos circuit to keep Formula 1's Brazilian Grand Prix until 2025, says state governor

Sao Paulo's governor Joao Doria told reporters that mayor Bruno Covas would sign a contract renewal with US developer Liberty Media.

Agence France-Presse November 13, 2020 10:10:24 IST
Interlagos circuit to keep Formula 1's Brazilian Grand Prix until 2025, says state governor

Fans at the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in Sao Paulo. AFP

Sao Paulo: Brazil's Formula One Grand Prix will continue at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo until 2025, the state governor announced Thursday, apparently dashing Rio's rival bid to host the event.

"The Interlagos International Racetrack was confirmed as the venue for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix for the next five years," state governor Joao Doria told a press conference.

The Formula One body did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation by AFP.

Doria told reporters that Sao Paulo's mayor Bruno Covas would sign a contract renewal with US developer Liberty Media.

"The negotiations were carried out based on the existence of a track approved by the drivers and approved by the teams, and which has been Brazil's home for Formula One for more than 30 years," Doria said.

The announcement appeared to end Rio de Janeiro's hopes of landing the competition.

The investment company behind the project, Rio Motorsports, is hoping to build a new track through a tropical forest.

The Rio plan suffered a blow last month with the release of a state environmental report that pointed to numerous "mistakes" and "omissions" in preparing the plan.

The environmental licence is the last remaining obstacle preventing the start of a project that has the support of Rio Mayor Marcelo Crivella and far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, but has been opposed by six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

Rio Motorsports told AFP that efforts to obtain an environmental licence would continue despite Doria's announcement, and that the track could still host races in other disciplines, such as Moto GP.

Updated Date:

also read

Formula 1: Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto pays price for Red Bull dominance
Sports

Formula 1: Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto pays price for Red Bull dominance

Rumours had been swirling about Mattia Binotto's future ahead of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as Ferrari failed to mount a serious challenge to Red Bull.

Formula 1: Chinese Grand Prix cancelled for a fourth consecutive year due to COVID-19 restrictions
Sports

Formula 1: Chinese Grand Prix cancelled for a fourth consecutive year due to COVID-19 restrictions

F1 has not visited the Shanghai circuit since 2019 as China pursues a strict policy of local lockdowns, virus tests and entry restrictions during the pandemic

Formula 1: Max Verstappen's home Dutch Grand Prix extends contract through 2025
Sports

Formula 1: Max Verstappen's home Dutch Grand Prix extends contract through 2025

The Dutch Grand Prix returned to the calendar in 2021 at the seaside Zandvoort circuit for the first time since 1985