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F1 GP Brazil will stay at Interlagos until 2025 because Rio’s steps are intermittent | Instant News


The Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix will stay at Interlagos until 2025 after a new long-term agreement is reached, according to the governor of Sao Paulo.

The historic venue, which has held races every year since being shortened in 1990, will be replaced by a new circuit in Rio de Janeiro starting next year.

However, the company behind the project, Rio Motorsports, is facing an uphill battle obtain the necessary environmental permits to continue construction facility, which is located on the outskirts of the town of Deodoro.

Amid questions over whether the circuit will be built, F1 owners Liberty Media returned to Sao Paulo, despite previously arguing over their last contract, negotiating with Bernie Ecclestone, which saw Interlagos host the Brazilian Grand Prix for free.

And after being included in the provisional 2021 calendar earlier this week, it looks like the future of racing is secured.

“The Interlagos race track has been confirmed to host F1 for the next five years,” state governor Joao Doria said at a press conference earlier this week.

“The contract will be signed by [Sao Paulo] Mayor Bruno Covas and Liberty Media, F1 rights holders.

“This is a big win for the city of Sao Paulo, this is a big win for the state of Sao Paulo and for Brazil.”

Some reports claim the race will become known as the Sao Paulo GP under the new agreement, and there is definitely no love lost for those trying to take F1 away from the city.

“The understanding we have maintained since last year with Liberty Media is based on the right instruments, with race tracks that are approved by riders, by teams, and for over 30 years, having hosted the Brazilian Grand Prix,” added Doria.

“We don’t make speculations, we don’t make artificial projections, we don’t promise investments that can’t be made.”

F1 is also known to have canceled the broadcast rights agreement made with Rio Motorsports, and it is not known where the company will continue their project going forward.

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Brazil is out, Saudi Arabia is on the leaked provisional F1 calendar 2021 | Instant News


A first look at the potential of the 2021 Formula 1 calendar has leaked with some changes included.

This season, F1 will have to adapt and cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, canceling its original schedule for a new 17-race championship based in Europe with the final triple-header in the Middle East.

As noted by CEO Chase Carey this week, F1 aims to return to a more normal calendar next year, starting once again in March and ending in early December in Abu Dhabi.

22 races are also expected, just as originally intended in 2020, while no new races included in the revised calendar are maintained.

There is some conflicting information regarding where exactly the championship will start, such as Racer Australian reports will remain the opening race, in the interim F1i.com claim Bahrain will have the honor with Melbourne turning to October.

Commenting on a potential 2021 date earlier this month, Australian GP CEO Andrew Westacott hinted that all options were on the table.

“Our discussions with Formula 1 and also with Dorna, who runs MotoGP, are carried out regularly and are very, very positive in every way,” MotorsportWeek citing him as telling SpeedCafe.com.

“What I know for these two motorsport calendars is that they both intend to put out their provisional calendars for the 2021 season in mid to late October.

“What this means for Formula 1 is that Melbourne will be in the opening slot for the traditional March season on the provisional calendar.

“What it means for MotoGP is that Phillip Island will be in its traditional slot at the end of October on the MotoGP calendar.”

However, Westacott made it clear that one thing Australia could not happen to be a repeat of last-minute cancellations at F1 this year.

“We are adopting an approach that, if you want to use the wording, is modular, extensible, adaptable, flexible, and has to be sensible and very, very secure,” he added.

“My optimistic approach is that we will be ready to have an audience at Albert Park by the end of March.

“[But] Grand Prix companies, governments, and Formula 1 all have to realize that decisions have to be made on this side of Christmas.

“It will be, obviously, a collective decision, but once it is locked up, we need to commit because it’s not in anyone’s interest to cancel the March cancellation this year.”

At another place, F1i.com placing Baku in April, having initially moved back to June for the year before the cancellation, while the Vietnamese and Dutch GPs retained their start dates for their season.

Spain, which has yet to announce a new racing contract for next year, is also included, while the rest of the European season will return to normal pre-Covid conditions.

The only new race for 2021 will be the entry of the GP of Saudi Arabia on the streets of Jeddah, immediately taking place at the November Brazilian Grand Prix.

This is because the Interlagos contract expires at the end of this year, and the construction of a controversial new circuit in Rio de Janeiro now looks unlikely to be ready in time, if it keeps going at all.

see F1i.com complete temporary calendar below.

1 Bahrain GP (Bahrain) March 14th
2 Vietnamese GP (Hanoi) March 28
3 Chinese GP (Shanghai) April 11th
4 Azerbaijan GP (Raw) April 25th
5 Dutch GP (Zandvoort) May 2nd
6 Spanish GP (Barcelona) May 9th
7 Monaco GP (Montecarlo) 23 May
8 Canadian GP (Montreal) June 6
9 Austrian GP (Spielberg) 20 June
10 French GP (Paul Ricard) 27 June
11 British GP (Silverstone) July 11th
12 Hungarian GP (Budapest) July 25th
13 Belgian GP (Spa) August 29
14 Italian GP (Monza) September 5th
15 Russian GP (Sochi) 19 September
16 Singapore GP (Marina Bay) 26 September
17 Japanese GP (Suzuka) October 10th
18 Australian GP (Melbourne) October 24th
19 US GP (Austin) November 7th
20 Mexican GP (Mexico) November 14th
21 GP of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah) November 28th
22 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Yas Marina) November 5

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Mick Schumacher to make his F1 training debut at the Eifel GP in Germany | Sports | Instant News


Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, will take part in the first Formula One weekend race at the Eifel Grand Prix in Germany next week. The 21-year-old will drive in the first training session for Alfa Romeo and Briton Callum Ilott will also make his F1 debut during training for Haas. Both drivers are members of the Ferrari academy.

The test at the Nürburgring has great significance. Alfa Romeo is for all intents and purposes the junior Ferrari squad and Haas is a customer team that is very close to Scuderia.

Neither team has completed a new contract with one of their riders for the next year. With seven races remaining, they will now negotiate their seats for next year. At least one of the junior Ferrari drivers is expected to take one of the four available seats.

At Alfa Romeo Antonio Giovinazzi, also a former Ferrari academy racer, is in his second season in F1 but is ignored for promotion to Ferrari in 2021, with the team choosing instead to sign Carlos Sainz from McLaren. Another Alfa racer, Kimi Räikkönen, has yet to decide his future but the former world champion is 40 years old and is in his 18th season in F1.

The head of Haas’ team, Guenther Steiner, indicated at the Russian Grand Prix that they were considering their options. “If you think about it in the long term, maybe we should do one year with young riders and prepare them for 2022 because that’s also an investment,” he said.

Schumacher’s presence at the Nürburgring carried a lot of weight. His father, who was recovering from a skiing accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury in 2013, is revered in Germany and his surname has attracted unbeatable attention. The prospect of a Schumacher returning to F1, potentially on track to driving alongside Ferrari, with whom Schumacher won five world championships, is one that will be greeted with enthusiasm across the country.








Mick Schumacher on his way to Formula 2 victory at the Sochi GP last week. Photo: Clive Mason / Formula 1 / Getty Images

“I am very happy to have this opportunity in free training,” said Schumacher. “The fact that my first participation at a Formula One weekend will take place in front of my home crowd at the Nürburgring makes this moment even more special.”

Schumacher leads the F2 championship with 22 points over Ilott, with four races remaining, taking place at two grands prix in Bahrain. The two drivers will test the 2018 Ferrari at the Fiorano Scuderia test track on Wednesday in preparation for their F1 debut.

The third Ferrari academy racer, Robert Shwartzman of Russia, will take part in the first practice at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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