- The new Sao Paulo race deal includes an option to extend to 2030
- F1 also plans to introduce a sustainable fuel powered engine for 2026
The Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix will remain at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit until 2025.
The news was announced by state governor Joao Doria, who told a news conference that a deal with the global motorsport series had been agreed “for the next five years”.
Although Formula One owner Liberty Media has yet to sign a contract, Sao Paulo’s mayor Bruno Covas stated that the deal would be finalized “in the coming days”. The agreement also includes options to extend to 2030.
Formula One has been racing at Interlagos since 1990, but the goal of the next Brazilian Grand Prix is unclear after the series struck a temporary agreement last month with investment firm Rio Motorsports to stage the event in Rio de Janeiro.
However, the prospect of Rio’s race was in doubt after that Rio Motorsports canceled a separate five-year broadcast contract it was signed with Formula One in September, citing problems with the draw schedule brought about by Covid-19.
The investment firm’s plans to develop a new line in Rio have also met with opposition from environmental groups. The planned circuit is located in the Camboata Forest, and its construction means that thousands of trees have to be felled. Lewis Hamilton, who won a record-equaling seventh world title at the Turkish Grand Prix last weekend, also criticized the proposal.
However, Autosport reports that Formula One’s decision to keep racing at Interlagos, whose contract expires in 2020, was because the venue had a ready path and was able to commit to a long-term deal.
The 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix will take place on November 14 next year.
Meanwhile, in an effort to step up its eco-friendly efforts, Formula One has announced plans to introduce a sustainable fuel-powered engine by the 2026 season.
Work is underway to investigate how to effectively combine hybrid engines with carbon neutral fuels.
While Formula One acknowledged in a statement that its cars account for only 0.7 percent of its total carbon footprint, the series said it was ‘important that the most visual parts of our sport are sustainable and can have real-world benefits’.
The sport has set a target of a net zero carbon footprint by 2030.