It was announced this week that the organisers of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos insist the venue will complete renovation work required to stay on the F1 calendar after Bernie Ecclestone said it faced the axe.
With Brazil struggling economically there have been various reports in recent weeks the race could drop off the calendar after the 2016 edition in November. Interlagos’ long-term future has always been dependent on renovation to the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace’s pits and paddock facilities, which began in 2015
When asked about the race in Azerbaijan, Ecclestone told the media: ‘I think the chances are that it won’t happen next year.’
However, the circuit has released a statement this week saying it not only expects the renovation to be completed in time for this year’s event but that it is also hoping to secure a five-year extension to its current contract, which runs until 2020.
The statement said the following:-
‘The circuit’s engineering department conducted a visit for the Brazilian press on 22 June to show the current work which should complete the ambitious three-year, U$ 60 million programme to improve the various facilities of the classic Interlagos circuit before the forthcoming Brazilian Grand Prix which shall take place on 11, 12 and 13 of November.
‘The circuit, a great favourite of drivers of all categories due to its challenging layout and many overtaking opportunities has been hosting the Brazilian Grand Prix since 1990 when the race was moved from the city of Rio de Janeiro.
‘The city’s current contract runs through 2020 and it is expected that after this year’s municipal elections conversations will take place with the Commercial Rights Holder and the FIA to extend it for a further five years period.
‘The Brazilian Grand Prix is the only race of the F1 World Championship in South America and has a huge following on worldwide television making it one of the pivotal races of the series.’