The governor of Sao Paulo has dismissed claims the Brazilian Grand Prix could move from the city’s Interlagos circuit to a new venue in Rio de Janeiro next year.Ayrton Senna, and be built in time for the 2020 F1 season.
However in a press conference today Sao Paulo governor Joao Doria questioned how a circuit could be built from scratch and signed off in that timeframe, and where the investment from it would come from.
Sebastian Vettel said yesterday it would be a “shock” if the race left Interlagos. The first world championship Brazilian Grand Prix was held at the track in 1973, and the championship has raced there every season since 1990.
“I think Interlagos is a great place, a lot of history,” he said. “I think the old track at Interlagos is even better than the current one but I couldn’t think of anything other than maybe the track being a little bit short that Interlagos is almost missing.”
Bolsonaro, who took office four months ago, has ties to Rio, where he spent 20 years as a councillor and later federal deputy before becoming president. Rio’s Jacarepagua circuit held the race on 10 occasions, most recently in 1989, but was demolished to create the infrastructure to hold the 2016 Olympic games.
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