Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said talks continued about the future of the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos.
This year is the last based on the current contract between Formula 1 and historic sites but it is uncertain whether the race will take place because the South American country faces the second highest Covid-19 outbreak globally.
Of course, with five months to the original planned date of November 15, there is still time to improve the situation in Brazil, and Doria remains confident that Sao Paulo will host a safe F1 by 2020.
“The race track is prepared to receive Formula 1, clearly in the health protocol,” he said MotorsportWeek.com on Friday.
“Organizers know that, everywhere in the world, they must adhere to the city’s health protocol. With regard to this year, the contract must be fulfilled. Need to make this clear. Our position is that the contract will be fulfilled. “
However, if not, it is unthinkable that Interlagos has held the Brazilian Grand Prix for the last time, at least for the foreseeable future, with continued speculation that the new circuit in Rio de Janeiro will take over hosting duties from 2021.
“We continue to talk to Liberty Media about the possibility of contract extension,” commented the governor of Sao Paulo.
“Here we have a race track that is ready, established, and considered one of the five best in the world.
“Nobody is against Rio de Janeiro, but it doesn’t make sense to spend R $ 1 billion ($ 190 million) to build racing tracks in areas that did not have environmental approval at the time of the pandemic, with scarcity of resources in the region. state, both public and private.
“We continue to talk and talk with Liberty Media with a view to renewing this contract. There was no decision signed by Liberty, but there was an official statement by the city and government. “